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Diaspora Lobbies and the US GovernmentConvergence and Divergence in Making Foreign Policy$
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Josh DeWind and Renata Segura

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479818761

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479818761.001.0001

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US Foreign Policy and the Liberal Jewish Dilemma in America

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Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government
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Yossi Shain

Neil Rogachevsky

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479818761.003.0003

This chapter argues that Americans have greatly exaggerated the influence of the Jewish lobby in shaping US policy. This is largely a result of their unrealistically high and characteristically “can-do” expectations that, through diplomacy and action, the United States should be able to bring about an enduring solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflicts. Indeed, as part of the broader and conflicted Arab–Israeli relations in the Middle East, Israel–Palestinian problems are more complicated than Americans realize and are perhaps intractable to a “top-down” approach. So when American-led negotiations break down or fail to find a resolution, Americans conclude that “something nefarious must be blocking its way” and place blame on the Jewish lobby.

Keywords:   Jewish lobby, US policy, Israeli–Palestinian conflicts, Arab–Israeli relations

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