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The Israelization of Washington Policy: Neo-Con Mechanisms

By Richard Melson

One of the main Israel-to-Washington "think tanks" is the

Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS).

IASPS has very strong ties to Richard Perle and Douglas Feith and the Washington branch office is a major neo-con hub today.
This IASPS cooperated with Perle and Feith on the "A Clean Break" document that was published with IASPS in 1996 and became the basis for the Bush Iraq War in 2003.
If you read the following IASPS mission statement below, you will see mention of this quite clearly…I have emboldened the relevant paragraphs:

The Institute's Mission – Apparent and Actual in a Nutshell
The apparent aim of IASPS is to develop strategic and allied policies dedicated to maintaining the existence of Israel.
But this conflicts with the main policies of Israel – all founded in socialism. Israel and Jews are anti-capitalist and anti-nationalist – in principle but also in historical experience.
Whether it is the principle against national existence or creating the factors that incapacitate nations, Jewish history is the history of a non-national people.
IASPS's attempts to change this, in Israel by programs and policies favoring markets, and in the U.S. by pointing to the anti-Semitic effects of socialism, have realized substantial success. Still, the fact is Israel is on the path of national extinction. This fact is most notably evident in the peace process.

Conclusion: IASPS should intensify its market policy program in Israel. But this will not be enough.
To maintain Israel's existence in the face of the points above, IASPS has adopted an indirect approach: to develop strategic policies world-wide and particularly for the U.S., effecting reform of Israel and maintaining the existence of the U.S.
What helps the U.S. strategically helps Israel. For example, IASPS devised IEDC in 1991-1994, and crafted the Mideast "vision the Bush administration…honed at least since 1996, with the writing of a paper entitled 'A Clean Break,'" which became U. S. policy in 2003. (Bryan Bender, Janes)
But note what all the newsmen missed: IASPS encouraged its Iraq strategy based on Israel doing the fighting in exchange for the U.S. forcing Israel to abandon socialism by ending aid. In these two vital respects, fighting and aid, the U.S. did not do what is best for Israel and itself.

Conclusion: Israel is the Advanced Case of U.S. decline. Israeli policies in support of democracy – which in its purpose and effect means anti-capitalism and anti-nationalism, a World State – now undermine America's national existence. These policies in favor of a world-wide democracy – multiculturalism, Muslim immigration, diversity, and others linked to these, all rooted in the equality of murder and killing – in effect to suicide-bombing, are among the nine candles of American Jews.
Conclusion: the actual aim of IASPS is the reform of America in the interest of Western societies or what can sustain nations in Judeo-Christian foundations.
This shows you how pathological the Israel/Washington/neo-con triadic relationship has become.
Some IASPS principals describe themselves as follows:


IASPS-Jerusalem was founded in 1984 by its president, Professor Robert J. Loewenberg. Loewenberg founded IASPS after making aliyah to Israel from the U.S., where he remains a citizen. Loewenberg took his Ph.D from Yale University in 1972 after several years of teaching at Hotchkiss Prep School in Lakeville, Connecticut. Prior to that, he attended Columbia University (BA 1962), which he attended after three years in the U.S. Navy. Before immigrating to Israel, Loewenberg was a tenured professor at Arizona State University. His published books and monographs include The Peace Process: An Introductory Essay (part 1); The Israeli Fate of Jewish Liberalism (with Edward Alexander); Emerson, An American Idol; Freedom's Despots; and Equality on the Oregon Frontier. He has edited other books and contributed to collections on a wide range of subjects including SDI, foreign aid and economic policy, and has also published numerous articles in scholarly journals as well as oped! s in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Times, Insight Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. He oversees all IASPS activities. William R. Van Cleave is the director of the Division for Research in Strategy. Professor Van Cleave is currently the Head of the Defense and Strategic Studies Department at Southwest Missouri State University. Prior to arriving at Missouri he was Professor of International Relations and Director of the Defense and Strategic Studies Program at the University of Southern California from 1967-87. Professor Van Cleave is a Senior Research Fellow in National Security Affairs at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Strategic Studies. His past professional experience includes being a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks with the USSR, Special Assistant for Strategic Policy and Pla! nning in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, member of the "B-Team" effort to review national intelligence on the USSR and to produce a competitive National Intelligence Estimate and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger. He has also been a consultant to numerous government agencies. From 1979 to 1981 he was Senior Advisor and Defense Policy Coordinator to Ronald Reagan and Director of the Department of Defense Transition Team. Professor Van Cleave is the author of numerous scholarly books and journal articles. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the California State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School
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Note: The Committee on The Present Danger, highlighted above, from the 1970's, was an incubator of the neo-con movement and was peopled largely by erstwhile Jewish "lefties" who became "righties" to bend the world for Israel. (Ben Wattenberg of the TV talk show "Think Tank" is an examplar-RM.)

Israelization of Washington Policy, Part II

Richard Melson

Washington has come to be dominated by a "twisted pair":

Israel-based Zionist think tanks in bed with Neo-Con groups in Washington itself.

Relentless anti-Arab and anti-Muslim/anti-Third world pseudo-analysis is the staple and the US print and broadcast media are their venue. Access to US media gives access to US government and vice versa.
It is this Zionist/neo-con tie up which is dominant among all pressure groups in Washington and the White House and US Congress quake before it.
One of the key players is the Herzliya-Israel based International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, called ICT for short, founded in 1996.
Some of the main persons behind ICT are:

Board of Directors

Shabtai Shavit Chairman, Board of Directors,

former director of the Israeli Intelligence Agency (Mossad)

Uriel Reichman President of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Aharon Scherf Former director of Israel's Foreign Affairs Division and senior official in prime minister's office


Executive Team

Dr. Boaz Ganor - Executive Director
Dikla Alani - Office Manager
Pnina Yarden - Translation & Editing Educational
OutreachCol. (res.) Jonathan (Yoni) Fighel - Educational Director Internet
TeamYael Shahar - Web Design & Publishing Research
TeamReuven Paz - Senior Researcher
Dr. Ely Karmon - Senior Researcher Advisory
TeamAdv. Dan Mirkin
Israel Sulganik
CPA Ronen Zavlic

Board of
Trustees Avner Azulai
Executive Director, The Rich Foundation
Professor Amatzia Baram
University of Haifa and Georgetown University, Associate Professor of Middle East History, and former Chairman of Department of Middle East History, Haifa University, speciality: Iraq
General (Ret.) Yanush Ben-Gal
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Israel Aircraft Industries
Ron Ben-Ishai
Military Correspondent, Israel Channel 1 TV
Colonel (Ret.) Eliezer Cohen
Captain, El Al Airlines
Amir Eli
Director General, Youth Aliya Institutions, the Jewish Agency
General (Ret.) Shlomo Gazit
Assistant Chairman, Center for Special Studies. Former Head of IDF Military Intelligence and co-ordinator of Government operations in the Administered Territories
Carmi Gillon
Israeli Ambassador to Denmark. Former Head of General Security Services
Dr. Amnon Goldberg
Partner in S. Horowitz & Co. Law Firm
Michael Gurdus
Israel Broadcasting Authority - Correspondent
Michael Kahanov
General Manager, Brinks (Israel) Ltd.
Professor Ariel Merari
Director, Political Violence Research Unit. Founder and Former Head of Hostage Negotiation and Crisis Management Unit, Israel Defense Forces
Dr. Yossi Olmert
Expert on Middle Eastern Affairs
Rafi Peled
Former Commissioner of Police
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yigal Pressler
Former Advisor to the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism
Colonel (Ret.) Nahman Shai
Chairman, Israel Broadcasting Authority. Former IDF Spokesman
Zeev Schiff
Military Commentator, "Ha'aretz"
Gad Yaacobi
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Israel Electric Corporation
Major General (Ret.) Eli Zeira
Former Director of Military Intelligence, IDF

If you watch "The News Hour" on public TV or listen to National Public Radio, you will frequently hear such boardmemembers as Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of ICT (on "NPR" in recent weeks demanding a civil war among Palestinians) and ICT's Professor Amatzia Baram of Haifa University, Israel's Iraq expert.
These operatives have learned the trick of "gentility" or "pseudo-gentility" where you try to sound constructive and mild on American TV and radio to flummox the American listener into not understanding the true purposes.

A particular example of an ICT/neo-con tie up in this Zionist/neo-con/media triad is evident to anyone reading the "Boston Herald", say, whose main neo-con theoretician is Don Feder, a supporter, like Sharon, of Milosevich. (Milosevich, the convicted war criminal, is presented by Feder as wonderful because he was heroically facing up to international Islamic terrorism in Kossovo and Albania).

In his "Boston Herald" columns,
Feder often quotes his friend Boaz Ganor of the ICT, mentioned and listed above.

In other words, the ICT is a central player in the Zionist/neo-con/media "triple helix"

which powers this Israelization of Washington policy.

ICT says of itself:

"The Institute sets its sights on the big picture: to win the war against terrorism and not merely the individual battles. Although ICT provides situational recommendations to the private sector, this is a peripheral activity. The Institute aims to affect policy at the highest levels, in joint cooperation with the world community."

The final sentence in the paragraph above means: to dominate Washington.

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June 16, 2006