Mearsheimer and Walt have finally said what has been clear to many for years: there is something deeply worrying about the Israel lobby's influence on US foreign policy. By encouraging unconditional US support for Israel and promoting the use of American power to remake the Middle East, the lobby has jeopardized America's own national interest. Preventing the United States from playing a more constructive role in the region has also undermined Israel's own long-term security and put the interests of other countries - including Great Britain - at risk. "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy" is a work that speaks directly to one of the central foreign policy challenges of today. The Middle East seems set to remain a deeply troubled arena for at least another generation: this book helps explain why this is the case and what needs to be done to encourage a lasting peace.
John J. Mearsheimer is Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and Stephen M. Walt is Professor of International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University