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US Preparing for a Post-Israel Middle East?
by Franklin Lamb
August 28, 2012

BEIRUT — Congresswoman Illena Ros-Lehtinen will have her hands full as she makes the political and social rounds at this month’s Republican National Convention. Illena is the only female committee chair in the House of Representatives and arguably Israel’s most ardent agent. She is a constant thorn in the Obama administration’s side, regularly castigating the president for playing “political games with U.S. foreign policy” and being “soft on Iran” and undermining the legitimacy of Israel. Ros-Lehtinen is a congressional cheer leader also for her Jewish voters in Florida—a key battleground in the rapidly approaching US presidential election. Most recently, Ros-Lehtinen helped shepherd through Congress yet another bill tightening sanctions against Iran while calling for US military action against the Assad regime in Syria.

The Congresswoman’s focus will likely not be on pushing the republican’s talking points regarding her party’s nominee, Mitt Romney, the former “moderate Massachusetts governor” who she is aware is unlikely to win the White House. Nor, according to a source at the Democratic National Committee, frantically putting together final touches on their own Convention, to be held the week of September 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina, will Ileana spend much time with or promoting Mitt’s running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan. Ryan, an Ayn Rand (author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as well as founder of the Objectivism movement) follower, regularly tells audiences that “Ayn Rand’s teachings have been one of the most profound philosophical influences of my life”—well, except for religion and abortion, as Ayn who passed away in 1982 was an avowed atheist and strongly pro-abortion, the opposite of what Ryan tells audiences he is.

Rather, Ros-Lehtinen will be meeting with local, national, and international Jewish leaders in this must win state where she has been assigned the task of reassuring them that the Republican Party is Israel’s best friend and that a recent US government draft report urging a US re-think of its relationship to Israel is the responsibility of none other than Barack Obama, and it reveals his true disdain for Israel.

Helping her smear the White House with the findings in the draft analysis will be William Kristol,
publisher of the neoconservative Weekly Standard and Director of the New American Century, an “Israel first” Washington-based lobby “promoting joint Israeli and American political and military leadership across the globe, while bringing democracy to the Middle East.”

So what is all the fuss about?

It’s a paper entitled “Preparing For A Post Israel Middle East”, an 82-page analysis that concludes that the American national interest in fundamentally at odds with that of Zionist Israel. The authors conclude that Israel is currently the greatest threat to US national interests because its nature and actions prevent normal US relations with Arab and Muslim countries and, to a growing degree, the wider international community.

The study was commissioned by the US Intelligence Community comprising 16 American
intelligence agencies with an annual budget in excess of $70 billion. The IC includes the
Departments of the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Defense Intelligence
Agency, Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, State, Treasure, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Security Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency commissioned the study.

Among the many findings that Ros-Lehtenin and Kristol and other unregistered agents of Israel will likely try to exploit politically between now and November 6, by using them to attack the Obama Administration are the following:

• Israel, given its current brutal occupation and belligerence cannot be salvaged any more
than apartheid south Africa could be when as late as 1987 Israel was the only “Western”
nation that upheld diplomatic ties with South Africa and was the last country to join the
international boycott campaign before the regime collapsed;

• The Israel leadership, with its increasing support of the 700,000 settlers in illegal colonies in
the occupied West Bank is increasing out of touch with the political, military and economic
realities of the Middle East;

• The post Labor government Likud coalition is deeply complicit with and influenced by the
settlers’ political and financial power and will increasingly face domestic civil strife which the
US government should not associate itself with or become involved with;

• The Arab Spring and Islamic Awakening has to a major degree freed a large majority of the
1.2 billion Arab and Muslims to pursue what an overwhelming majority believe is the
illegitimate, immoral and unsustainable European occupation of Palestine of the indigenous

• Simultaneous with, but predating, rapidly expanding Arab and Muslim power in the region
as evidenced by the Arab spring, Islamic Awakening and the ascendancy of Iran, as American
power and influence recedes, the US commitment to belligerent oppressive Israel is
becoming impossible to defend or execute consistent given paramount US national interests
which include normalizing relations with the 57 Islamic countries;

• Gross Israeli interference in the internal affairs of the United States through spying and
illegal US arms transfers. This includes supporting more than 60 ‘front organizations’ and approximately 7,500 US officials who do Israel’s bidding and seek to dominate and intimidate
the media and agencies of the US government which should no longer be condoned;

• That the United States government no longer has the financial resources, or public
support to continue funding Israel. The billions of dollars in direct and indirect aid from US
taxpayers to Israel since 1967 is not affordable and is increasingly being objected to by US
taxpayers who oppose continuing American military involvement in the Middle East. US public
opinion no longer supports funding and executing widely perceived illegal US wars on Israel’s
behalf. This view is increasingly being shared by Europe, Asia and the International public;

• Israel’s segregationist occupation infrastructure evidenced by legalized discrimination and
increasingly separate and unequal justice systems must no longer be directly or indirectly
funded by the US taxpayers or ignored by the US government;

• Israel has failed as a claimed democratic state and continued American financial and
political cover will not change its continuing devolution as international pariah state;
Increasingly, rampant and violent racism exhibited among Jewish settlers in the West Bank
is being condoned by the Israeli government to a degree that the Israel government has
become its protector and partner;

• The expanding chasm among American Jews objecting to Zionism and Israeli practices,
including the killing and brutalizing of Palestinians under Israeli occupation, are gross
violations of American and International law and raise questions within the US Jewish
community regarding the American responsibility to protect (R2P) innocent civilians under

• The international opposition to the increasingly apartheid regime can no longer be
synchronized with American claimed humanitarian values or US expectations in its bi-lateral
relations with the 193 member United Nations;

The Draft ends with language about the need to avoid entangling alliances that alienate
much of the World and condemn American citizens to endure the consequences.
Interestingly, it notes Iran as an example of a country and people that have much in common and whose citizens have a real interest in enjoy bilateral associations (here an apparent reference to Israel and its US lobby) not determined by the wishes of other countries and their agents. It also highlights the need for the US to undertake the repairing of relations with Arab and Muslim countries, including the drastically curtained use of drone aircraft.

The coming days will clarity the success of Israel’s in making an issue of the finding in the soon to be published draft report and the degree to which the Republican Party will gain for its findings in the race for the White House.

[Editor's Note: While this report does not mention the source for the information concerning the alleged draft report, FPJ with permission from the author is able to disclose that the source is a staffer with a certain research unit of the CIA.]

Franklin Lamb is doing research in Lebanon and can be reached at