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Some history of US involvement in the middle East

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Some interesting history on US relationships with Israel and the Zionist agenda.

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A Disturbing Document

By James Zogby
Posted on Monday September 23, 1996

A disturbing yet significant document has recently come to my attention. Titled "A Clean Break," it was prepared by what is described as "A Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000" and was published earlier this year by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies.

That Institute is headquartered in Jerusalem, but has also opened an office in Washington.

"A Clean Break" is a strategy paper that outlines a series of policy recommendations for the new Israeli government. The paper even suggested specific language which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should incorporate into his speeches during his July visit to the United States.

What makes the document significant is the fact that many of the recommendations proposed and even the specific language suggested appear to have been adopted by Netanyahu. The themes and policy proposals found in "A Clean Break" were echoed by the Israeli Prime Minister repeatedly during his many public addresses in Washington.

What makes this strategy paper disturbing, however, is the fact that the Study Group leader responsible for preparing "A Clean Break" is Richard Perle, a former Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration. Perle is currently serving as a key figure in Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole's foreign policy brain trust. The remainder of the study group includes other Reagan era officials, who have also been identified as Dole advisors.

In their dual capacities as advisors to the Republican nominee and strategists for the Likud Prime Minister, the Study Group is calling for an end to the peace process and the beginning of a Reagan-style Cold War campaign in the Middle East that will establish Israeli hegemony, destabilize the Arab world and, in effect, institute a new order based on peace by conquest.

In the opening of their document, the Perle group discusses how the Labor-led peace process undermined Israel and led to a "strategic paralysis."

"While there are those who will counsel continuity, Israel has the opportunity to make a clean break; it can forge a peace process and strategy based on an entirely new intellectual foundation, one that restores strategic initiative and provides the nation room to engage every possible energy on rebuilding Zionism...."


Here is the original document from The Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies

Some links from Political Friendster

Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies

Project for a New American Century

A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm

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