From the Free Beacon, March 3, 2013
The US State Department, under new Secretary of State John Kerry, brought Stephen Walt, co-author of the notoriously unscholarly and prejudiced book “The Israel Lobby”, to speak as an expert in Israel-US relations. Walt, by the way, was a big backer of Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense. The two share a dislike of the Jewish-I mean Israel- lobby. Evidently so does the State Department. Walt spoke at the State Department on the eve of the annual AIPAC conference on mistakes the US makes in foreign policy.
The State Department has a long history of leaning away from Israel, to be diplomatic, since before Israel gained its standing as a sovereign state. Even now the State Department maintains an office in Jerusalem, in an Arab neighborhood, intended mainly for the benefit of Arabs, not American-born Israelis or tourists. The State Department does not acknowledge Jerusalem as being capital of Israel, or even a part of Israel. The US passports of people born in Jerusalem routinely list no country, just Jerusalem, as the place of birth.
Evidently, under the leadership of John Kerry, the State Department feels that it can begin again to drop some pretense of friendliness towards Israel, and wants to educate its staff on the dangers of the Jewish-I mean Israel-Lobby in the US.