A year ago, two American political scientists created a firestorm of controversy when they wrote an article asserting that Israel has too much influence over American policy. Today, two new books reignite the debate.
"The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" is co-authored by John Mearsheimer, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Stephen Walt, a professor at Harvard. Mearsheimer and Walt write that the support the United States gives Israel, a result of influence from the Israel lobby, creates a "strategic liability" for U.S. interests in the world.
"The Deadliest Lies: The Israeli Lobby and the Myth of Jewish Control" is the work of Abraham Foxman, the Director of the Anti-Defamation League. Foxman claims that the Mearsheimer-Walt book is based on "half-truths, distortions and falsehoods."
John Mearsheimer and Abraham Foxman answered your questions on Israel's supporters in the United States and its influence on policy.