Stephen Walt speaks…to Robert Fisk

I turned to Melanie Phillips’s Diary for her note on the comments on Israel by former Prime Minister Aznar. (Thanks to reader Joel Goldberg.) At the top of Phillips’s diary, however, I found her account of the interview of Kennedy School Professor Stephen Walt by Robert Fisk in today’s Independent: “The stars and spites.” The heading of Fisk’s column on Walt is “The United States of Israel.” The column is behind the Independent’s subscription wall.

Why is Walt avoiding interviews with American commentators while continuing his attacks on the “Israel Lobby” with friendly journalists in foreign newspapers? In addition to other unlovely attributes on display in the “Israel Lobby” paper that Walt co-authored with John Mearsheimer, I’m beginning to think that Walt is a coward as well.


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