"By preventing US leaders from pressuring Israel to make peace, the lobby has also made it impossible to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which gives extremists a potent recruiting tool and enlarges the pool of potential militants, the authors say. And new attempts by the lobby to 'change regimes' in Iran and Syria could lead the US to attack those countries, with potentially disastrous effects. "
"No report or study has ever dealt with this issue in such detail and frankness and with strong authority as this study."
"The inflammatory report may not be startling to those who regularly monitor the impact of the Israeli lobby on US policy-making on the Middle East," writes George Hismeh, Washington correspondent for the Qatar-based Gulf News. "But the slightest chance that the contents of this earth-shaking report could surface and grab headlines has led pro-Israelis in the US to do everything they can to keep the lid on that can of worms unopened.""Everybody knows that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and other Jewish organizations exert a vast influence over Middle East policy, especially on Capitol Hill. Almost everybody also concedes that the Israeli occupation has been a moral and political catastrophe and has implicated the United States in a sordid and costly morass."
"The difference between the United States and the rest of the world is that you cannot say that in the United States without being accused of anti-Semitism and bringing a storm down on yourself, " Mearsheimer wrote.
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