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  • Saturday, March 25, 2006

    The Israeli lobby, where's the debate?

    David Hirsh, writing at the Guardian's Comment is Free blog last Thursday, stated, in regard to that controversial Harvard paper on Israeli influence:

    "You have to counter this article", Alan Dershowitz told The Jerusalem Post, "These are two serious scholars and you need to expose what they have done as ignorant propaganda". This is absolutely right. Although their position originates in a coherent theoretical perspective within international relations, it degenerates into a crude conspiracy theory. It needs to be critiqued and exposed. Harvard University is backing its professor, while making it clear that Stephan Walt represented only his own views in the article.

    As yet, no one has actually "critiqued, and exposed" this study by eminent academics.

    Daily Kos writes about the "debate" over this study, pointing out:

    During the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference this month, which attracted top US officials and congressional leaders, the new Republican majority leader in the US House of Representatives, John Boehner, vowed never to allow anti-Israel legislation to come to the floor. "As the new House majority leader, I can assure you that under my leadership, legislation that is in any way perceived as anti-Israel will not be considered in the House of Representatives," said Boehner.

    Meanwhile, Haaretz informs us that Harvard is removing its official seal, from the study, which, obviously does nothing to repudiate the allegations made in the original study, and, the Harvard Crimson reports that:

    Yesterday’s issue of The New York Sun reported that an “observer” familiar with Harvard said that the University had received calls from “pro-Israel donors” concerned about the KSG paper. One of the calls, the source told The Sun, was from Robert Belfer, a former Enron director who endowed Walt’s professorship when he donated $7.5 million to the Kennedy School’s Center for Science and International Affairs in 1997.

    “Since the furor, Bob Belfer has called expressing his deep concerns and asked that Stephen not use his professorship title in publicity related to the article,” the source told The Sun.

    But, of course, there's absolutely no truth to the allegations made in the original paper, and anyone who says otherwise is a "vicious anti semite".

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