UPDATE: link to speaker schedule HERE
This one is hard enough to find online. John Mearsheimer, co-author of The Israel Lobby, will be speaking in October in Chicago along with Noam Chomsky and others:
12 October 2007 – 2:00pm – 7:00 pm
Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chicago
I first caught this on NPR on a local Chicago show called Worldview. As I turned on the radio, I was caught up short by the assertion that the only thing preventing the formation of a Palestinian state is the U.S. Israel lobby. Two authors were on the show discussing their book and it got very interesting. The authors say the Israeli lobby, like the NRA, does not represent the actual views of the members that support them, but only the most extreme views. They also characterize the lobby as not being religious in nature–they say the group is political–as many Jews oppose the work of the lobby and many Christians support it.
The book, Stephen M. Walt and John J. Mearsheimer’s The Israel Lobby and U.S. Policy not surprisingly made the New York Times unhappy.
But what does anyone really know about the Israel Lobby, besides what is whispered–sometimes not so quietly–on the Arab Street.
Philosophers say they like Noam Chomsky, not because they agree with him, but because they have to engage in a lot of original thought to figure what is wrong with what he is saying. These authors seem to be having the same kind of effect on the public debate over the Middle East.
Maybe it’s time to get that kind of sunlight onto the Israel lobby.