The Power of Israel in the United States

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“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.

“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

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

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SUMMARY

“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.

Book Details

Publish Date

2006

Page Count

192

ISBN

0-932863-51-5

Options

eBook, Paperback

Author

James Petras

Reviews

7 reviews for The Power of Israel in the United States

  1. —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.”
    —MICHAEL PARENTI,
    author of The Culture Struggle and Superpatriotism

  2. —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
    case here.”
    —CY GONICK,
    Canadian Dimension magazine

  3. 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
    imperial interests.”
    JEFF BLANKFORT,
    A leading Jewish authority, writer and critic in the US on the pro-Israel Lobby

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. —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

  7. 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”.
    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

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