Academic journal article The Middle East Journal


Academic journal article The Middle East Journal


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The JOURNAL welcomes comments from its readers. All communications should be addressed to the Editor and bear the full name and address of the writer. A selection of those received will be published periodically in these columns. When a comment is received regarding an article or review published in the JOURNAL, and we feel it merits serious consideration, the author will be given the option to respond in kind. As a matter of policy, such exchanges are normally limited to one round. The JOURNAL reserves the right to edit or abridge all contributions. In addition to letters of comment, communications on other information of interest will be printed as space is available.

To the Editor:

The Winter 2007 issue of The Middle East Journal (Vol. 61, No. 1) carried an important article that deserves wide readership: "Israeli Neo-Revisionism and American Neoconservatism: the Unexplored Parallels," by Ilan Peleg and Paul Scham.

It is nonetheless disappointing that the autiiors failed to refer to a key document that proves their assertion (p. 76) that "the regional Pax Israeliana and the global Pax Americana have been based on remarkably similar intellectual and ideational foundations." I refer to "Clean Break," written by Richard Perle for Binyamin Netanyahu in June 1996 when Netanyahu assumed office as Prime Minister of Israel.

"Clean Break" called for Netanyahu to break with the Oslo peace process in orderto secure control of the West Bank. It also called for the strenthening of Israel's regional dominance over Syria, a first step being the removal of Saddam Husayn in Iraq. Among its signatories were Douglas Feith, late of the Bush Administration, and David Wurmser, currently Vice President Richard Cheney's Middle East adviser.

By 1998, Perle et al had gained signatures calling for removal of Saddam from individuals such as [then-Secretary of Defense] Donald Rumsfeld and Cheney. And, recent release of Pentagon documents shows that Feith collected "alternative intelligence" to prove Saddam's links to al-Qa'ida that he showed to Rumsfeld and Cheney but not to the State Department. …

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