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Great changes are seldom achieved without a plan. The Israeli policy paper A
Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (ACB) was authored by a group of
policy advisors to Israel. Subsequently, nearly all members ascended to influential policy
making positions within U.S. government, media, and academic circles. Many of the ACB
policies such as toppling the government of Iraq are now in full implementation and
present new challenges to the global community. Others, such as the reform of
Israel's economy have been abysmal failures, but generate little visibility or impact
outside of Israel. (See Exhibit 1)
Clean Break Policy Implementation Score Card through March, 2003
This paper provides an overview of the policy implementation of
A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm. (http://www.israeleconomy.org/strat1.htm)
Some of the events and trends that contribute to success or failure of the plan predate
ACB by many years. And although many ACB authors ascended to new heights of political
power in the U.S., the success or failure of the policies cannot be solely ascribed to
them. However, ACB policies are, for the most part, extremely damaging to U.S.
interests. The ACB framework is useful for explaining the motives driving the
complete failure of U.S. interests in the Middle East and the triumph of politics and
lobbies over statecraft.
I Securing the Realm: Background
A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm (ACB) contains six pages
of policy recommendations for Benjamin Netanyahu. In 1996 Israel's newly elected
Prime Minister relied upon opinion makers, thinkers and researchers to craft the paper.
This Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies' "Study Group on a
New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000" included Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles
Fairbanks, Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser.
The paper's call for a break from failed policies of the past such as
land for peace and a new concentration on the realities of balance of
power in the region are striking for their realpolitik approaches and high
dependence on actions and resources of the U.S. government.
ACB Policy Initiatives
(Source: IRMEP 2003)
||Electrify and find support of key U.S. congressional members
|Strategic cooperation with U.S. on missile defense
|Gain more support among members of Congress with
little knowledge of Israel
|Harness support to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv
|Identify Israel with the
U.S. and western values
|Utilize Cold War rhetoric to make Israel's case to the American people
for Peace Palestinian Solution
||Eliminate movements toward a comprehensive
peace and substitute with the Peace for Peace strategy
|Stress balance of power as sole test
of legitimacy, enforce agreements
|Nurture alternatives to Arafat
|Seek legitimization of hot pursuit
of Palestinian militants
|Eliminate land for peace concept,
use negotiations only as a forum for communicating resolve
|Establish a joint monitoring committee with the U.S. for measuring Palestinian compliance
|Withhold U.S. aid to Palestinians
|Promote Human Rights among Arabs to isolate
Palestinians in Arab Constituencies
|Legitimize 2000 year old historical land claim
|Foment Arab recognition of Israel in exchange for peace
Destabilize, and Roll Back Regional Challengers
||Challenge Arab countries as police
states lacking in legitimacy.
|Fortify regional alliances. Work with Turkey and Jordan to insert hostile Arab
tribes into Syria
||Publicly question Syrian legitimacy, assume
treaties with Damascus are in bad faith
|Contain Syria, strike select targets
|Reject land for peace concept on the
||Install a Hashemite monarchy in Iraq
|Isolate and surround Syria with a friendly regime in Iraq
||Engage Syria, Iran and Iraq in Lebanon
|Wean Lebanese Shiites from Iraq toward Jordan
||Eliminate Social Zionism from the economy.
|Reform the overall economy, cut taxes
|Show maturity and economic self reliance from
the United States
|Eliminate need for defense by U.S. military forces
|Remove U.S. aid leverage over Israel
|Relegislate a free trade zone, sell off public
lands and enterprises
||Rebuild Zionism, rejuvenate the national ideal
|Shape the regional environment in
favor of Israel, transcend foes rather than contain
|Pre-emption as the preferred national defense
Although ACB readers can identify nearly 34 distinct and actionable
goals eloquently stated within the document, they may be summarized in five overarching
1. Increase U.S. Congressional Support
2. "Peace for Peace" Palestinian Strategy
3. Contain, Destabilize, and Roll Back Regional Challengers
4. Economic Reform
5. Rejuvenation of Zionism
In this paper, we evaluate the level of implementation of these five summary goals, and
their effect on the interests of the United States. However, no set of policies
ever come to fruition without an active and vocal distribution and implementation network.
ACB's legions of American shock troops are many. At its core, key operatives
working within the Bush Administration (called the Neocons), policy research think
tanks, specialty press, and opinion columns have achieved amazing success at
seasoning and baking ACB policy agenda items into a tenuous mold as vital
interests of the United States itself. (See Exhibit 3)
The need for crime scene levels of evidence linking ACB
followers' complicity in the actions of the U.S. Government at Israel's behest
is unnecessary. Many U.S. actions are simply so inexplicable that consideration of their
chief benefactor, Israel, is the only reasonable explanation. And as Americans dismiss
Arab government charges that Israel is attacking them by proxy across the region, the
evidence shows that the Arabs are correct. A Clean Break is, at heart, an
Israeli proclamation of Dirty War.
The Neocon Policy Distribution and Implementation Network
(Source: IRMEP 2003)
Remaking the Middle
for Israel/Joint Weapons Development
Homeland Security Business Opportunities
of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories
Defense Policy Board
Neocon Specialty Press
of all Arab governments
of land for peace initiatives
of the defense of Israel
JINSA, and Heritage Foundation Reports
The Weekly Standard
The New Republic
(American Jewish Committee)
Brooks Lawrence Kaplan William Kristol
militants as terrorists
between 9/11 and all Arab governments
New York Times
Post editorial pages
Core members of the group have been able to raise the primacy of Israeli
issues to a level that Americans would find absurd if the group were promoting the
interests of any other state, (such as Italy or Mexico). Their level of vitriol, hubris
and war-mongering by power of the pen and influence over American policy has been
stunning. Many have personally engaged in activities that derailed official U.S.
foreign policy initiatives in the interest of improving Israel's power. Others have
systematically chipped away at the U.S. constitution by supplanting Israeli interests for
legitimate U.S. interests in the Defense Department and Executive branch of the U.S.
The gaping divide that separates this group's lobbying
on behalf of Israel and the true interests of the United States also defines this group
with the very label they so frequently hurl at others: traitors to the United States of
II ACB Implementation Assessment
The level of implementation of ACB policy objectives is not uniform. Nor are the
resources, Israeli and American, which have been rallied and deployed in their support. In
this section, we consider the level of implementation success of each ACB policy summary.
a. Increase Support in the U.S. Congress
It is political suicide for a member of the U.S. Congress to strongly oppose policy
positions of Zionist lobbies operating in the United States. Former president George H. W.
Bush put it best when he declared that opposing the Zionist lobby in favor of a
Palestinian State was the right thing to do, but came at a hell of price.
The defining demonstration of this power predates ACB. The lobby converted its most
powerful aid opponent by rallying massive campaign contributions to defeat North Carolina
senator Jesse Helms. Pro-Israel political action committees poured an awe inspiring
$222,342 into the campaign of Helms' opponent, North Carolina Governor James Hunt. Hunt's
campaign secretary proclaimed that "Senator Helms has the worst anti-Israel record in
the United States Senate and supporters of Israel throughout the country know it."
After the scare of almost losing reelection, Helms announced that he would exempt from
cuts the more than one-third of total U.S. foreign aid going to Israel since such aid was
"in the strategic interest of the U.S." He also became an ardent and comical
supporter of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and worked diligently to
increase the appropriations for Israel from the Defense Department, the State Department
and half a dozen other different federal agency budgets.
A survey of recently introduced legislation indicates that
Congress is repaying the debt to Israel by internalizing Israel's conflicts and
putting U.S. resources at Israel's disposal. (See Exhibit 4)
Recent Pro-Israel Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Congress
(Source: Library of Congress and IRMEP 2003)
|Koby Mandell Act of 2003
|To create an office within the Department of
Justice to undertake specific steps to ensure that all American citizens harmed by
terrorism overseas receive equal treatment by the United States government regardless of
the terrorists' country of origin or residence, and to ensure that all terrorists involved
in such attacks are pursued, prosecuted, and punished with equal vigor, regardless of the
terrorists' country of origin or residence.
||Demonize the Palestinian Authority
by labeling dual citizen Israeli deaths in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict as
acts of terrorism that the U.S. Department of Justice can pursue.
legislation does not address the summary arrest and torture of Arab American citizens by
the Israeli Shin-Bet
|Whereas the United States and Israel are close
allies whose people share a deep and abiding friendship based on a shared commitment to
democratic values H.RES.61
||Commends the people of Israel for conducting free and fair elections,
reaffirming the friendship between the Governments and peoples of the United States and Israel, and for other purposes.
||Seeks to coerce the Palestinian leadership to
censor official media in opposition to Israel and take responsibility for the security of Israel by controlling many radical groups essentially
beyond its control.
|HR 167 IH
||To take certain steps toward recognition by the
United States of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
||Seeks to create another set of
facts on the ground by eliminating resistance to moving U.S. diplomatic facilities to the
contested city of Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. Also seeks recognition of births in Jerusalem as being births in Israel and identification in all U.S. government documents of Jerusalem as the capital in spite of
international opposition to legitimizing the issue.
|International School Curriculum Monitoring Act (Introduced in
House) HR 1358 IH
||Seeks to monitor all international curriculums
for Anti-Semitic material and tie U.S. aid to official U.S. approval of such educational material.
||Would codify McCarthy type
independent monitoring groups tied to Zionist organizations such as Daniel Pipe's
infamous "Campus Watch. Legitimizes
yet another lever for Israeli operatives to influence and deny aid to countries that
legitimately oppose Israel.
|Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Joe
Wilson Resolution to protect and open up all holy sites in the state of Israel and nearby territory
SCON 32 IS
|Expresses the sense of
Congress regarding the protection of religious sites and the freedom of access and
worship" in the state of Israel and nearby
territories. The resolution
states that the holy sites currently under the sovereignty of the state of Israel should remain under
Israeli protection and that all holy sites in the region remain open to visitors of all
||Seeks to solidify 1967 borders and
Israeli occupied territories by putting their religious sites under Congressionally
legitimized protection mirroring Israel's
"Israeli Protection of Holy Places Law of 1967" which states that freedom of
access and worship is ensured at all places of worship and religious significance."
Other than the repetitious and almost desperate rhetoric
about the unity of vision and purpose between the U.S. and Israel, and fawning approval of
all things Israeli, another common strand runs through this legislation. None of it would
be introduced by Congress members preoccupied exclusively with promoting U.S. interests.
Most of the legislation is costly to the United States in constraining American civil
liberties and foreign policy initiatives in the Middle East while legitimizing even the
most despicable Israeli actions much of the rest of the world community and U.N. consider
to be crimes. The gestures create enmity with nations and states with which the U.S.
should have steadily improving relationships. As an ACB policy goal, IRMEP applies a score
of 5 out of 5 to demonstrated Israeli influence over the U.S. Congress.
b. Peace for Peace Approach to the Palestinian Question
Israel has adopted all of the appearances of promoting a peace
for peace strategy with the Palestinians. Under this policy, Palestinians have no
land claims on territory within the borders of Israel or territory occupied by Israel.
Palestinians and future enemies under this policy must be content only with avoiding their
own destruction by Israel.
One aggressive approach promoted by Richard Perle, former chairman of the U.S. Defense
Policy Board labels Jordan as Palestine, implying relocation or ethnic
cleansing of Palestinian peoples. Land for Peace as a strategy is widely
discredited by pro-Israel agents as being unworkable and lacking in security for Israel.
Current efforts to derail remnants of Land for Peace include:
1. Israeli Security Time Limits On March 31, 2003,
Israeli foreign Minister Silvan Shalom indicated that Israel will only give the
Palestinian prime minister designate two months to crack down on terrorism. By placing the
prime minister in charge of Israeli security against forces entirely outside his circle of
influence, Israel creates ideal conditions for rejecting land for peace movements while
accelerating settlement activity.
2. Legitimizing Israeli Delays through Amendments to the Roadmap
The roadmap for peace proposed by the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and
United States was originally designed to be non-negotiable for both Israel and Palestine.
Intense lobbying pressure has produced cracks that open the possibility for endless
Israeli negotiations and delays of the roadmap as Israel proposes 12 major changes to this
seven page document. On March 14, 2003, President Bush gave Israel license to pursue the
amendment strategy in a Rose Garden announcement. The United States has developed
this plan over the last several months in close cooperation with Russia, the European
Union, and the United Nations. Once this road map is delivered, we will expect and welcome
contributions from Israel and the Palestinians to this document that will advance true
3. Discrediting Roadmap Architects Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon and network members have worked diligently to discredit roadmap architects,
particularly European nations. While Israel was unsuccessful in blocking some conferences
and Palestinian contributions to the roadmap, the current political climate in the U.S.
after traditional allies and the U.N. failed to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq has
boosted Israel's chances of creating schisms in the quartet.
Because Israel has not yet been able to completely derail the roadmap, IRMEP
assigns a score of only 3 out of 5 for promotion of the peace for
c. Contain, Destabilize and Roll Back Regional
The U.S. invasion of Iraq is such a singular success for Israel that pro-Israel leaders
and pundits in the United States have had to restrain their glee that a long and arduous
effort to topple Iraq's government and neutralize the state has finally borne fruit.
Although Iraq is only one challenger to Israel, an accelerated Israeli effort to
discredit, disrupt, and undermine other Arab governments, many in the midst of democratic
reform, is moving forward rapidly.
"Clean Break" Containment and Destabilization Policy Implementation
Of Invasion In secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to a conference
of AIPAC members, he spoke of the critical choice facing Damascus. Syria can continue to
direct support for terrorist groups and the dying regime of Saddam Hussein, or it can
embark on a different and more hopeful course. Either way, Syria bears the
responsibility for its choices, and the consequences, he declared to loud applause.
of U.S. forces to Syria after toppling
Saddam Hussein is a high priority for Israel. An increase in allegations of Syrian transshipments
of war materiel, and use as an entry point for regional Muslims answering a call for Jihad
could quickly be aggrandized into support for use of force by the massive U.S. military force
already in the region.
Violence in and around Golan
Heights has flared. Hezbollah
guerrillas on the border zone, who have been fighting to force the Israelis to withdraw,
have killed seven Israeli soldiers.
||Israel responded with air strikes that destroyed
three Lebanese power stations and injured 20 civilians. Israel has continued its campaign to label all
branches of Hezbollah as terrorists.
Free-Lancers to Iran Defense Secretary Rumsfeld accused hundreds of Iraqi Shiite
militia fighters based in Iran have crossed back into Iraq, complicating the military
mission for the US-led coalition seeking to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. He has rushed to classify them as
combatants even though the forces could be channeled onto the American side. Undersecretary of State John Bolton, a leading
hawk, was quoted last month as telling Israeli officials that Iran would be
"dealt with" after the war with Iraq.
rejecting the possibility of Shiite militia as allies and moving quickly implicate the
government of Iran for what are
probably freelance operatives, the Bush administration advances another step down the ACB
regional challenger path. Although the UK has rejected any
support for Syrian and Iranian fronts, the mass of U.S. forces could be
immediately redeployed to attack Iran.
Defame Former Defense Policy board Chairman Richard Perle spearheaded an intense
smear campaign against Saudi Arabia at the
Pentagon, laying the foundations for future U.S. military action.
contracted Rand Corporation analyst Laurent Muraweic on July 10, 2002. Rand's briefing
declared Saudi Arabia an enemy
of the United
advocated that the US invade the
country, seize its oil fields and confiscate its financial assets unless the Saudis
stop supporting the anti-Western terror network.
and Cut Foreign Aid Condition aid to Egypt on increased
support for Israel
engage in social engineering in Egypt by tying U.S. foreign aid to
rewriting curriculum to proselytize a better image of Israel. Media watch campaigns and scoring are also
conditions of aid.
IRMEP assigns an overall score of 4 to Israeli
efforts to destabilize and roll back regional rivals. While large successes have been
scored in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, it is not yet clear that Israel will be able to motivate
the U.S. into armed conflict with Syria and Iran. Also, it is increasingly apparent that
Arab nations are "on to" the architects of Middle Eastern conflict, and
strategizing to both expose and resist ACB proxy activities.
d. Economic Reform
Israel's efforts at economic reform have not yielded positive results. Although ACB
calls for increased economic independence from the U.S. which would allow freer reign for
Israeli policies the U.S. directly opposes, efforts at reform have been too little, too
late. Israel has mismanaged its economy and continues to export the negative
consequences to the United States.
1. Israeli Economic Mismanagement Hitting 103% of GDP
in 2002, Israel maintains one of the highest government debt ratios in the world; a higher
debt ratio to GDP than most OECD countries, surpassing Canada. The Bank of Israel predicts
the ratio will balloon to at least 106% in 2003. Interest payments on the government debt,
under international standards, amount to 8.1% of GDP, while the OECD average is 2.2%. This
is unfavorable compared with 3.1% in Germany, 2.8% in France, 2% in the US, and 1.2% in
Japan. The Bank of Israel believes that this continued and uncontrolled increase in
interest payments on the government debt will reduce the government's ability to
maintain infrastructure investments and social needs or freely set budget priorities.
These interest payments on the government debt increased to NIS 39.5 billion in 2002, a
fifth of the state budget. Economic mismanagement has caused the harshest recession in the
country's 55-year history and two years of negative growth. Israel's gross domestic
product dropped 1.1 percent in 2002 with unemployment at an average of 10.3 percent. The
government ran up a $579 million budget deficit in February, the highest 30-day overdraft
2. Eliminate Social Zionism The kibbutz movement in
Israel is symbolic of social Zionism, and it is in crisis. Only limited kibbutzim in
Israel, between 35 and 50, are doing well, or in some cases prospering. Though 2 percent
of Israel's 6.2 million people live on kibbutzim; they generate 40 percent of the nation's
agricultural produce and 10 percent of its industrial output. As Israel's youth flee
the kibbutzim, the average age of members have spiraled. Communal financial capabilities
for covering retirement and healthcare benefits are on life support as Israelis came to
realize the fundamental flaw in social Zionism. As one immigrant stated, "Our basic
premise was wrong," "The basic idea was that if we bring up our children in a
non-competitive society, they would naturally want to live that way. . . . That was a big
3. Over Development/Reliance on High Tech During the
tech boom, Israel over-developed its high tech sector. Investments were made in spite of a
general lack of a supporting community of universities and high tech educational
facilities and domestic technology demand. Israel counted on being able to leverage
preferential access to the U.S. market for military and software products without taking
into consideration the high competition with U.S. and other global firms. The dramatic
collapse of the Israeli high tech sector also revealed the disproportionate effect over-
reliance on a volatile sector can have on a small country as opposed to larger economies
in Europe and the United States that have more successfully weathered the storm.
IRMEP's assessment of economic reform in Israel is that it is much too
little, much too late, leading to an ACB score of 1 out of 5. Perhaps this can
be attributed to ACB's architects. While most are highly capable in securing foreign
aid and political support for Israel, none were notable economists. The architects and
their network, of course, lay much of the blame for Israel's economic malaise as the
effect of Palestinian resistance to occupation.
e. Rejuvenation of Zionism
Zionism, defined as the international movement for the establishment of a Jewish national
or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel, is
enjoying resurgence, though from unexpected quarters:
1. American Christian Zionist Movement Support for
Israel by organized Christian groups in the U.S. has undergone explosive growth. Israel
has been promoted and accepted as a cause that represents concrete steps toward the
fulfillment of scriptural prophecy. One group, the two million member Christian Coalition,
is able to quickly deploy voting guides to over 70 million U.S. households for such causes
as the legislative effort to solidify Israel's 1967 borders and occupied territories
purely in the name of protection of religious site access. The return of the
Jews to their ancient homeland is seen by Evangelicals as a precondition for the mystical
Second Coming of Christ. Therefore, when the Jewish state was created in 1948,
evangelicals saw it as a sign. Israel's conquest of Jerusalem and the West Bank in
1967 deepened their excitement, and multiplied their organized support for Israel.
2. Weakened International Opposition to Zionism
Twenty-six years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a contentious resolution
equating Zionism with racism. Then, as now, Israel mustered the support of the United
States (and few other states) to stand by Israel's rejection of the resolution. Although
conferences addressing the tie between Zionism and racism are again questioning Israel and
the high Palestinian casualties produced by endless conflict, the U.S. has been
instrumental in stifling debate through its conspicuous absence at most human rights
3. More Effective Deployment of the Anti-Semitism
Smear Attack Critics of Israel in the major broadcast or print media are few in
number. In 1919, Morris Jastrow, Jr. wrote the book Zionism and the Future of
Palestine published by the Macmillan Company. Jastrow correctly predicted that the
intertwining of religion and nationality political Zionism would have negative
consequences. He posited that whereas non-Jews have only one country and one purported
loyalty Americans are American, the French are French, etc., Jews
are seen as having split loyalties. He believed that they are both citizens of the country
in which they live and also supporters of the Jewish state. He worried that Jews living
outside of Israel (occupied Palestine) would be seen as being less than totally loyal to
the country where they reside. Right or wrong, Jastrow predicted that this political
difference adds to the real anti-Semitism that then existed. However, Jastrow failed to
predict how effectively smear campaigns would be deployed by Zionist entities such as the
Anti Defamation League when small numbers of agents of Israel were actually caught
engaging in activities incompatible with their status as American citizens.
The suggestion by Pat Buchanan and other deeply conservative thinkers that war
party members with undeniably compromising ties to Israel were the primary
architects of the U.S. invasion of Iraq have been met with a stifling wall of charges of
anti-Semitism and media rebukes. However, though most potential critics of Israel in the
mainstream media continue to be effectively muzzled, the charges and evidence are
beginning to circulate beyond small groups of intellectuals and patriots.
One religion enjoys no protection. Across the dial of Christian Radio in Bible Belt
America, listeners can hear the shrill condemnations of Islam, and testimony to the
ascendancy and righteousness of Christian and Zionist principles, acting in alliance
High profile conferences feature sessions by intellectual ideologues such as Daniel Pipes
speaking about militant Islam and 15% of Muslims as potential terrorists while Jerry
Falwell proclaims that the prophet Mohammed himself was a terrorist. Countless millions of
Americans are reading a series of novels called Left Behind. They are topping
bestseller lists all over the country and being made into movies. These books glorify and
chronicle apocalyptic times. The setting is the twenty-first century, complete with war
planes and TV correspondents.
This Christian fervor for the advance of Israel gives pause to many Jewish
leaders. While these Christians believe that God gave the land of Israel to the
Jewish people and that every grain of sand between the Dead Sea, the Jordan River,
and, and the Mediterranean Sea belongs to the Jews, including the West Bank and Gaza,
problems exist. The biblical version of the apocalypse either kills off Jews or has them
converted to Christianity, making evangelical support a double edge sword that is a poor
guide for real geopolitics played out in the Middle East on the ground. In the words of
one clever observer it cuts us out in the fourth act.
And what biblical guidance is there for the three million Palestinians who live on the
West Bank and Gaza? Some fundamentalists suggest the bulk of them should be cleansed from
this God-given real estate and moved to another Arab country. In fact, many evangelicals
believe that when Prime Minister Rabin signed the Oslo accords and offered to trade land
for peace, it was not only a mistake, it was a sin that he paid for with his own life.
IRMEP assigns a score of 5 to the ACB plan to rejuvenate Zionism. The
effectiveness of the machinery in place to promote Zionism is awe inspiring though coming
from unexpected, and at times, wholly unwanted, quarters.
III. ACB American Interest Damage Assessment
ACB represents a plan for achieving the best possible outcome for
Israel. However, the policies that create a favorable outcome for Israel create an equal
and opposite negative effect for the United States. (See Exhibit 6). In this section, we
analyze the extent of the damage and assign it a numerical score.
U.S. Damage Assessment Scorecard: Clean Break Policy Implementation
a. Increase U.S. Congressional
A verifiable Israeli influence over the U.S. Congress, indirectly emanating from different
quarters of the body of interest groups and lobbying organizations, is tremendously
damaging for the United States. As ideologues promoting policies based on Israeli, Zionist
or even biblical objectives are effectively enforced by U.S. law and military might,
portions of the American ideal begin to wither, die and finally decay.
The first to go is the idea that, as a nation, the United States operates best as
a secular entity. The Bill of Rights states, Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of religion. By accepting and exporting U.S. power in
support of the aims of two religions, Christianity and Judaism, Congress has violated the
U.S. Constitution, and itself.
Smaller acts, such as distributing communications to U.S. soldiers fighting in Muslim
lands exhorting that they pray for President Bush are further disturbing signs
that the United States separation of church and state has been eroded to the point of
IRMEP scores the increase in U.S. Congressional Support damage assessment score at
the very highest level, 5 out of 5.
b. Peace for Peace Palestinian Strategy
The collapse of the Oslo Accords and degradation caused by the Israel Palestinian conflict
has left only one party that can effectively enforce solutions to the crisis. The United
U.S interests in achieving peace in the region are of high importance. The conflict is
seen as the lynchpin of grievances throughout the Arab world. By siding with the interests
of Israel, and compromising its role as a neutral broker, the U.S. has compromised its own
The chief U.S. interest in the Middle East is promoting a gradual and non-violent
political, social, and economic development of the entire region. Favoring only one
country makes conflict in vital oil producing regions more likely, motivates militant
fundamentalist terrorist networks to act against the U.S., and strains U.S. relations with
the global community.
IRMEP scores U.S. adherence to a peace for peace rather than
land for peace strategy as having a high (score of 4) level of damage to U.S.
Middle East Interests.
c. Contain, Destabilize, and Roll Back Regional Challengers
The Israeli motivated plan to destabilize and redraw the map of the
Middle East may be remembered by future generations as the spark that fell into the
tinder box of World War III. While the United States is clearly interested in the reform
of governments and institutions across the Middle East, a slower and more gradual approach
with lower amounts of bloodshed was clearly the preferable path.
By accelerating conflict and casting aside both international law and alliances in the
name of regime change, the U.S. is increasingly perceived as a rogue state and
every bit as much a U.N. pariah as Israel.
By picking fights with ethnicities and tribes about which it knows or chooses to know
comparatively little, the Bush Administration is only beginning to harvest the
consequences of ill-advised and ideologically motivated extremism.
IRMEP's U.S. damage assessment score is a solid 5 out of 5.
d. Economic Reform
Israel's economic reform is a matter which has little direct affect on U.S.
interests. Although Israelis would like to further integrate economies, particularly in
the military industrial arena, the U.S. frequently finds that this leads to unintended
technology transfers. Israel's attempted sales of radar systems based on U.S. AWACs
and the Lavi fighter jet copied from the U.S. F-16 platforms are strategically
significant, damaging matters.
The continued dependence of Israel on U.S. aid is a negative factor for the United States.
The IRMEP damage score to U.S. interests is material. Ballooning levels of aid to
Israel, while insubstantial as a percentage of total U.S. GDP, alienates the global
community and Arab states since it is the highest single U.S. disbursement, at extremely
favorable terms (equivalent to cash), in the entire U.S. foreign aid budget.
This is not good for Israel and in spite of the boon to U.S. arms manufacturers
and defense contractor interests written into aid packages, it is negative for the U.S.
IRMEP's U.S. damage assessment score is 2 out of 5.
e. Rejuvenation of Zionism
Supporting the rejuvenation of Zionism has had a polarizing effect within the United
States and damaged the constitutionally protected freedoms of U.S. citizens. As a
case study, consider how two ideologically and religiously motivated soldiers departing
for different destination countries are now treated by the U.S. government.
An ardent and fit Jewish youth with American citizenship can easily travel to Israel and
serve in the Israeli Defense Force, or other government branch, for two years, and return
to blend back into U.S. society. His or her activities, pledges of allegiance (which
nullify U.S. citizenship), and details of military service are of no interest to the U.S.
government. He could engage in two years of paramilitary operations against U.S. Arab
allies. The soldier could return to the U.S. with an ongoing intelligence liaison to
Mossad. None of this will be questioned or investigated in the U.S.
An ardent and fit Palestinian youth with American citizenship departing for the West Bank
faces different treatment. If he is of the minority of ardently religious Muslim
Palestinians he faces the wrath of both Israel and the U.S. He can be detained and
imprisoned in Israel if authorities suspect any sympathy or support for Palestinian
causes. Pleas to the U.S. counsel in Tel Aviv will lead neither to support nor presence of
U.S. representation if the detainment ever reaches a judicial forum, which it may not.
If the Palestinian youth joins any group considered to be a militant opposition to Israel
(though usually not the United States), he will deeply implicate himself immediately for
the crime of association with terrorist organizations, subject to detainment
as an enemy combatant in Guantanamo Bay, or even execution by U.S. intelligence
operatives. Militant opposition to Israel has been completely criminalized in the United
States. And Israel itself publicly reserves the right to assassinate American citizens, in
the United States, suspected of acting against the interests of Israel.
As a party to the promotion of Zionist over other religiously motivated military
activities, the U.S. has subtly codified military and other support of religion in a way
that strikes at the very foundations of the reasons for which the nation was formed.
By selectively codifying support for Zionism, the U.S. sets itself upon the course of
intolerance and wide scale bloodshed. The damage to its reputation as a just, fair, and
secular nation has been pre-empted by coalitions of evangelical interest groups and agents
of Israel. IRMEP's U.S. damage assessment score is 4 out of 5. Practically speaking,
U.S. policies are becoming indistinguishable from an institutionalized modern crusade
against Islam and Arab nations.
IV. IRMEP Policy Recommendations
That ACB has realized high levels of implementation is undeniable. However, IRMEP believes
that the costs in terms of damage done to U.S. foreign policy objectives and national
interests are extremely high.
Clean Break Policy Implementation vs. U.S. Damage Assessment Score Card
Though some damage may even be irreparable, IRMEP
calls for U.S. policy makers to immediately reconsider of the costs of further ACB
implementation. Following ACB can only generate additional damage to U.S.
interests in the future.
Also watch the 11/26/2003 IRmep Capitol
'Clean Break Plan': Implications for US Middle East Policy"
Real Video (90 Minutes)
This video had an audience reach of 28.5 million viewers and was rebroadcast 6 times.
It remained among the top five most watched Internet videos on C-SPAN for 60 days.
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