In This Review

The $36 Billion Bargain
The $36 Billion Bargain
By A.F.K. Organski
Columbia University Press, 1990, 308 pp

Organski's message comes through loud and clear. Among his major contentions are that-contrary to the "conventional wisdom," which is hardly as conventional as he maintains-American aid to Israel has been based on strategic factors and not on domestic politics and the "Jewish lobby"; that Israel has in fact been a valuable strategic asset for the United States; and that Israel has been subject to U.S. control on all important issues. The case, made positively and virtually without qualification, is open to valid objections on many points; nevertheless, the book is a thorough and well presented study that has to be taken into account by others who presume to express themselves on this subject.