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U.S. President Barack Obama and AIPAC President Lee Rosenberg at the AIPAC Policy Conference, Washington D.C., Mar. 4, 2012.

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Analysis & Opinions - Financial Times

Mr Obama Must Take a Stand against Israel over Iran

| March 4, 2012

"...[F]orce cannot produce a meaningful victory. Israel's air force cannot destroy all Iran's nuclear facilities; even a successful US attack could not eliminate the knowledge on which the programme is based. Iran would simply rebuild its facilities in less vulnerable locations, as Iraq did after Israel bombed the Osirak reactor in 1981."

Christians in support of Israel march in Jerusalem, Apr. 7, 2008. U.S. Evangelist John Hagee, a Christian Zionist, brought hundreds of backers on a solidarity trip to Israel.

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Journal Article - Security Studies

Is It Love or The Lobby? Explaining America's Special Relationship with Israel

| January-March 2009

"In The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, we argued that the "special relationship" between the United States and Israel is due largely to the influence of a domestic interest group—comprised of Jews as well as non-Jews—and that this unusual situation is harmful to both the United States and Israel....[P]ublic opinion in the United States does not explain why the United States gives Israel such extensive and nearly unconditional backing. Although most Americans have a favorable image of Israel, surveys show that they also favor a more even-handed Middle East policy and a more normal relationship with Israel. Thus, the special relationship is due primarily to the lobby's influence, and not to the American people's enduring identification with the Jewish state."