The following article by Peter Waldman chronicles the overwhelming influence of Princeton University professor and Orientalist scholar Bernard Lewis not only on the formation of Bush administration and neoconservative Middle East policy but also on Israeli strategy toward the Palestinian question since the 1970s. Lewis, for decades a mentor to many leading neoconservatives, has since 9/11 gained unprecedented access to Bush administration policy makers, who themselves call him ““the single most important intellectual influence countering the conventional wisdom on managing the conflict between radical Islam and the West.””

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