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February 28, 2012 0

Profile on Stephen Walt, Speaker at Upcoming “One State” Conference

Stephen Walt, an Inter­na­tional Affairs Pro­fes­sor at the Kennedy School of Gov­ern­ment, is sched­uled to speak at this weekend’s one-state solu­tion con­fer­ence at the Kennedy School. Walt will par­tic­i­pate in a panel dis­cus­sion called “What Hap­pened to the Two-State Solu­tion?” The two other pan­elists, Ali Abunimah and Eve Span­gler, are both sup­port­ers of a one-state solu­tion, which would nec­es­sar­ily result in the dis­man­tle­ment of Israel as a Jew­ish state. 
Walt’s anti-Israel posi­tions were most promi­nently aired in his 2007 book, “The Israel Lobby and U.S. For­eign Pol­icy,” which he co-authored with John Mearsheimer. Since its pub­li­ca­tion, Walt has spo­ken to a vari­ety of audi­ences about U.S. pol­icy on the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict, assert­ing that the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. has exces­sive power and divided loy­al­ties and uses its power to sti­fle crit­i­cism of Israel against America’s true interests. 
Walt also reg­u­larly focuses on Israel on his blog on In the past year, Walt has authored more than a dozen posts about Israel, most of which focus exclu­sively on why the spe­cial rela­tion­ship between Israel and the U.S. neg­a­tively affects Amer­i­can inter­ests and should there­fore cease to exist.
Walt’s fram­ing of the issue makes it seem like pro-Israel forces in the U.S. engage in coer­cive tac­tics and com­pel U.S. pol­i­cy­mak­ers to take harm­ful deci­sions on mat­ters related to Israel. In a Novem­ber 2011 post titled, “Is Israel REALLY a strate­gic asset?,” Walt writes, “Israel is the only coun­try in the world that main­stream U.S. politi­cians (and most mem­bers of the foreign-policy estab­lish­ment) can­not openly criticize.”

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