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The New Israel and the Old

Why Gentile Americans Back the Jewish State

Author: Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy
July/August 2008
Foreign Affairs


In the United States, a pro-Israel foreign policy does not represent the triumph of a small lobby over the public will. It represents the power of public opinion to shape foreign policy in the face of concerns by foreign policy professionals. To understand Washington's support for the Jewish state, one has to understand the depth, breadth, and venerability of gentile American Zionism.

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