“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.
JOHN SAXE-FERNANDEZ, –
“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”.
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
—BERCH BERBEROGLU, Ph.D –
“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
ISRAEL SHAMIR, Jaffa –
“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
TOM BRASS, Editor The Journal of Peasant Studies –
“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
JEFF BLANKFORT –
”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
A leading Jewish authority, writer and critic in the US on the pro-Israel Lobby
—CY GONICK, Canadian Dimension magazine –
“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
Canadian Dimension magazine
—MICHAEL PARENTI –
“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.”
author of The Culture Struggle and Superpatriotism