Can We Say No to a Friend?

Scars of War, Wounds of Peace
The Israeli-Arab Tragedy
Shlomo Ben-Ami
Oxford University Press, $30, 354 pp.

“The Israel Lobby”
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt
London Review of Books, March 23, 2006

In Europe and the United States the Holocaust cemented the justification for the creation of the state of Israel in 1947. But not only is that living memory, which never carried the same writ in the Middle East, fading, it is increasingly overlaid by Israel’s repeated resort to brute military force, inflaming neighbors in the region and alienating supporters elsewhere. Scars of War, Wounds of Peace demonstrates why it is so necessary for Israel, even with its...

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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.