The Power of Israel
in the United States
by James Petras

Price: $16.95
ISBN: 0-932863-51-5 * 192 pp. * 2006

EBOOK:    $14.00


    "A provocative analysis of a serious problem that should be discussed and
    debated widely among the U.S. public, academics, and the policy
    establishment, this book succeeds in exposing in great detail the enormous
    power and influence of Israel and the Jewish Lobby in shaping U.S. policy
    toward the Middle East."
    —Berch Berberoglu, Ph.D.
    Professor of Sociology, University of Nevada, Reno
    Author of Turmoil in the Middle East

    “Once again James Petras takes us on a fearless truth trip—with lucid style,
    tough factual blows, commanding research, and compelling analysis. This is
    an eye-opening, must-read book for every advocate of democracy and every
    opponent of imperialism.”
    —Michael Parenti,
    author of The Culture Struggle and Superpatriotism

    “An outstanding analysis of the political machinery responsible for so much
    suffering in the Middle East: the social science equivalent of John Adam´s
    opera “Klinghoffer”. Brilliant and substantive”.
    John Saxe-Fernandez,
    Professor and Senior Researcher, Faculty of Political Science National
    Autonomous University of Mexico and leading world authority on US foreign
    policy and the oil industry

    ”Jim Petras has been one of the few courageous individuals, in or outside of
    academia, to take a critical view of the pro-Israel lobby and its influence over US
    Middle East policy and to challenge the “conventional wisdom” on the part of the
    Left that Israel acts as a “cop on the beat” and is simply serving America’s
    imperial interests.”
    Jeff Blankfort,
    A leading Jewish authority, writer and critic in the US on the pro-Israel Lobby

    “Jim Petras is one of the best informed political scientists of his generation, not
    given to avoiding difficult issues. Here he addresses one such, which he
    tackles in a characteristically challenging way.”
    Tom Brass, Editor
    The Journal of Peasant Studies, Cambridge University

    “Always meticulously researched and full of insight, in the final analysis Petras’
    opinions are almost always vindicated by events. I believe that this will be the
    case here.”
    —Cy Gonick,
       Canadian Dimension magazine

    “Jim Petras, a man with vast expertise assembled in Latin America, takes the
    Leftist anti-imperialist discourse one step further, beyond safe condemnation of
    American imperialism.He begins where Chomsky and Zunes stop. In this
    book, Petras turns to the Middle East, where he discovers, through the haze of
    anti-Muslim polemics, assassinations and tortures, the identity of the decisive
    factor: that of “Jewish power shaping US policy in the Middle East against the
    interest of Big Oil”.

    Petras’ critique of “soft Left” with its fear to alienate wealthy and influential
    Jewish supporters is a breath of fresh air; this critique has to be internalised if
    the Left wills to regain its place in society.”
    Israel Shamir, Jaffa
    Leading Russian-Israeli intellectual, writer, translator and journalist

    The UK Daily Telegraph listed James Petras as #59 in its list of America's
    100 most influential liberals


    "Nothing is more damaging to US interests than the inability to have a
    proper debate about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
    Financial Times, Editorial, Saturday, April 01, 2006

    This book is a chapter-by-chapter analysis and documentation of the power of
    Israel via the Israeli, Jewish or Pro-Zionist Lobby on US Middle East policy.  It
    raises serious questions as to the primary beneficiary of US policy, and its
    destructive results for the United States.   

    The extraordinary extent of US political, economic, military and diplomatic
    support for the state of Israel is explored, along with the means whereby such
    support is generated and consolidated.

    Contending that Zionist power in America ensured unconditional US backing
    for Israeli colonization of Palestine and its massive uprooting of Palestinians, it
    views the interests of Israel rather than those of Big Oil as the primary cause of
    the disastrous US wars against Iraq and threats of war against Iran and Syria.  

    It demonstrates and condemns US imitation of Israeli practice as it relates to
    conduct of the war on terrorism and torture.  It sheds light on the AIPAC spying
    scandal and other Israeli espionage against America; the fraudulent and
    complicit role of America’s academic “terrorist experts” in furthering criminal
    government policies, and the orchestration of the Danish cartoons to foment
    antipathy between Muslims and the West.

    It questions the inability in America to sustain or even formulate a discourse
    related to the subject of Israeli influence on the United States.  It calls for a
    review of American Mid East policy with a view to reclaiming US independence
    of action based upon enlightened self-interest and progressive principles.


    James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton
    University, New York. He is the author of 62 books published in 29
    languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the
    American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social
    Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies.
    Journal of Peasant Studies.  He has published over 2000 articles in
    nonprofessional journals such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the
    Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Policy, New Left Review, Partisan
    Review, TempsModerne, Le Monde Diplomatique, and his commentary is
    widely carried on the internet.   His publishers have included Random
    House, John Wiley, Westview, Routledge, Macmillan, Verso, Zed Books and
    Pluto Books. He is winner of the Career of Distinguished Service Award from
    the American Sociological Association's Marxist Sociology Section, the
    Robert Kenny Award for Best Book, 2002, and the Best Dissertation,
    Western Political Science Association in 1968.

    He has a long history of commitment to social justice, working in particular
    with the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement for 11 years. In 1973-76 he
    was a member of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Repression in Latin
    America. He writes a monthly column for the Mexican newspaper, Le
    Jornada, and previously, for the Spanish daily, El Mundo. He received his     
    B.A. from Boston University and Ph.D. from the University of California at
Foreign language editions
Japanese (hardcover)

    On December 8 2010 The Club of Mexican Journalists awarded James
    Petras  its prestigious International Journalism Prize for Investigation and
    Analysis of the News within the global context.

    "Dr. James Petras is one of the greatest personalities of critical intellect of our time. His
    numerous books, which have been translated into many languages, and his opinion articles
    which are invariably defined by their rigor and decisive data, widely documented and
    placed within their social context, have turned this thinker into one of the most lucid and
    coherent minds of recent times. Naturally, this has earned Dr. Petras the resentment of
    those who feel affected by his tireless efforts. Nevertheless, countless readers all over the
    world seek the words of this thinker to defend themselves from propaganda that intends to
    make us sympathize with the single-minded thinking of neoliberalism."