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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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Palestinians, Diasporas, and US Foreign Policy

Palestinians, Diasporas, and US Foreign Policy

(p.76) Chapter Four Palestinians, Diasporas, and US Foreign Policy
Diaspora Lobbies and the US Government

Mohammed A. Bamyeh

NYU Press

This chapter explores the influence of the Jewish lobby on US foreign policy. Leaders of many diasporas view the Jewish lobby as a model for emulation because it seems to have mobilized a broad and unified Jewish American constituency and attained influence necessary to ensure the United States' unwavering support for Israel throughout decades of conflict with Palestinians. The foreign policy influence of the Jewish lobby can be attributed to the US government's failure to develop an alternative and independent strategic perspective toward international relations, since the end of the Cold War. In other words, it is the absence of a defined national interest and a meaningful national policy that permits the Jewish diaspora to exert uncontested influence.

Keywords:   Jewish lobby, US foreign policy, Jewish American constituency, Jewish diaspora, international relations

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