John Mearsheimer

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Brooklyn, New York, USA
Member ofBrookings Institution, Council on Foreign Relations/Members 2, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

John J Mearsheimer (born 14 December 1947) is an American political scientist. Mearsheimer was a vocal opponent of the 2003 Iraq War. His most controversial views concern alleged Judaic influence over US government policy, especially with repsect to its actions in the Middle East, which are detailed in a 2006 book The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, co-authored with Stephen Walt in 2006. The book caused a storm of protest from Jewish organisations. [1] [2] Its publication was preceded by a similarly co-authored article published in the London Review of books on 23 March 2006 and available on Wikispooks here

Opinions on Israel and Palestine

Two State solution

During a presentation to the Palestine Center in Washington on 30 April 2010, Mearsheimer opined that the two-state solution is a “fantasy,” and predicted that the Palestinian territories “will be incorporated into a ‘Greater Israel,’ which will be an apartheid state bearing a marked resemblance to white-ruled South Africa.” This will, in turn, become “a democratic bi-national state, whose politics will be dominated by its Palestinian citizens. In other words, it will cease being a Jewish state, which will mean the end of the Zionist dream.” [3]


“Although WINEP plays down its links to Israel and claims that it provides a ‘balanced and realistic’ perspective on Middle East issues, this is not the case. In fact, WINEP is funded and run by individuals who are deeply committed to advancing Israel’s agenda … Many of its personnel are genuine scholars or experienced former officials, but they are hardly neutral observers on most Middle East issues and there is little diversity of views within WINEP’s ranks”
John Mearsheimer,  Stephen Walt (January 2007)  [4]


  1. The Ten Worst U.S. Purveyors of Antisemitism, #8: John Mearsheimer - PJ Media 22 December 2013
  2. An Anti-Jewish Screed in Scholarly Guise - ADL website 24 May 2006
  3. John Mearsheimer Has Got a Little List - The Tablet 4 May 2010
  4. The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy Text appears on Page 175-6 of the book