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Israeli Influence in American Politics . Fred Lazin Ben Gurion University (NYU 2009-2010) lazin@bgu.ac.il. Mearsheimer & Walt . Myth of Israeli influence in Washington May be that Israelis foster myth Road to Washington via Jerusalem & NYC. Israel as Scapegoat. Bush on Iran

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israeli influence in american politics

Israeli Influence in American Politics

Fred Lazin

Ben Gurion University (NYU 2009-2010)

lazin@bgu.ac.il

mearsheimer walt
Mearsheimer & Walt
  • Myth of Israeli influence in Washington
  • May be that Israelis foster myth
  • Road to Washington via Jerusalem & NYC
israel as scapegoat
Israel as Scapegoat
  • Bush on Iran
  • Next word out of his mouth “Israel”
  • What about our friends the Saudis?
  • Neo-Cons
  • Maybe support for Iraqi war had little to do with their commitment to Israel; Did they use Israel?
research findings on soviet jewry movement in usa
Research findings on Soviet Jewry Movement in USA
  • 1. Israel’s Liaison Bureau foster it (Sacher 1992)
  • Use diplomats, journalists to influence public opinion & Jewish & non Jewish orgs
  • E.g. Uri Ra’anan
  • Moshe Decter paid agent Center at AJCOngress
  • Recruit Martin Luther King, Walter Reuther, William O. Douglas, Mrs. Roosevelt, Reinhold Niebuhr
israeli role
Israeli role
  • 2. help organize National Conference on Soviet Jewry
  • 3. role in Jackson-Vanik (JJ Goldberg not agree)
american jewish establishment
American Jewish Establishment
  • Issue bearing on Mearsheimer & Walt
  • 1. dropouts 1976 freedom of choice
  • Prime Minister Rabin & Leonard Fein at Philadelphia GA
  • 2. quota in 1989 when Soviets open gates US closes
    • Israeli pressure
    • American Jews agree (own self interest)
future research
Future research
  • To what extent did Israel influence US to close its gates to Soviet Jews???