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The Israel Lobby’s Role in Pushing for Regime Change in Syria

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The ‘Humanitarian’ Road to Damascus

Pro-Israel Groups Outline U.S. Options to Assist Syrian Opposition

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
November 12, 2011

On November 8, the Foreign Policy Initiative and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies jointly issued a discussion paper that outlines “policy options for the United States and like-minded nations to further assist the anti-regime Syrian opposition.” Entitled “Towards a Post-Assad Syria,” the paper advocates imposing “crippling sanctions” on the Assad government, providing assistance to Syrian opposition groups, and imposing no-fly/no-go zones in Syria.

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Sanctioning Syria

The Long Road to Damascus

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
November 16, 2011

In 1996, an Israeli think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, prepared “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm” for incoming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In that seminal report, the Richard Perle-led study group suggested that Israel could “shape its strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening, containing, and even rolling back Syria.” Comprised mainly of American-based pro-Israel advocates, the group stressed, “Most important, it is understandable that Israel has an interest supporting diplomatically, militarily and operationally Turkey’s and Jordan’s actions against Syria, such as securing tribal alliances with Arab tribes that cross into Syrian territory and are hostile to the Syrian ruling elite.”

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Who will watch the watchdog?

The pro-Israel NGO behind NATO’s war on Libya is targeting Syria

By Maidhc Ó Cathail
December 10, 2011

On December 2, the Geneva-based UN Watch welcomed that day’s “strong condemnation” of Syria by a UN Human Rights Council emergency session, and its establishment of a special rapporteur to monitor the situation there following what it called “a global campaign to create the post by a coalition of prominent democracy dissidents and human rights groups” led by UN Watch itself. The non-governmental organization, whose self-appointed mandate is “to monitor the performance of the United Nations by the yardstick of its own Charter,” expressed regret, however, that the UNHRC resolution “paid special deference” to Syria’s “territorial integrity” and “political independence,” decrying the provision as “a clear jab at NATO’s intervention in Libya, and a pre-emptive strike against the principle of the international community’s responsibility to protect civilians under assault.”

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

February 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

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  1. […]… […]

  2. […] the Israel lobby’s role in pushing for regime change in Syria on Russia Today’s excellent Crosstalk programme, the other guests dismissed the idea as if it were the most ridiculous thing they had […]

    Foreign Policy: Israel partisans (and a few token turncoat Arabs) consider Syria next steps « The Passionate Attachment

    February 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

  3. Morris was set up there to seem both out-of-context and obsessed about Israel. Lavelle, the compere, made that clear. But Morris said enough to display two weak spots: (1) the idea that it’s just the Likudniks and their neocon allies, i.e. just the right-wingers in both Israel and the US, who recklessly pursue the Yinon Plan, and (2) the idea that saner and less right-wing elements in both countries are, and should be, concerned by the probability of Muslim Brotherhood and other Sunni Islamist forces coming to power in the various countries affected by the so-called ‘Arab Spring’, because these would be anti-Israel and thus anti-‘stability in the region’. This obscures the most important fact, which is that the MBs throughout the region, including in Egypt and even in Gaza (i.e. Hamas), will in the long run follow the Saudi and Qatari pro-west line, because Saudi and Qatar are where their money comes from. Haniyeh is in Tehran listening to the mullahs talk about the Lib of Pal, but this won’t alter the outcome.


    February 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

  4. Israel Lobby Pushes for US Action Against the Syrian Government
    James Morris Dares to Mention the Taboo History


    February 13, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  5. Additional vla following link:

    CrossTalking about Syria on Russia Today (RT) with James Morris


    February 13, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  6. The following fits with what James Morris mentioned about the ‘JINSA crowd’ and their ‘Clean Break’ ( agenda in the above RT ‘CrossTalk’ broadcast about Syria:

    JINSA: Strengthening Israel by promoting Syrian ‘Chalabi’ (scroll to comments at bottom of following link):


    February 20, 2012 at 4:47 am

  7. […] is it so clear? While the Israel lobby has not surprisingly led the push for regime change in Damascus, they haven’t exactly ignored the opposition in Bahrain either. Fikra Forum, which describes […]

    Is there a difference between Bahrain and Syria? « The Passionate Attachment

    March 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

  8. […] of news such as Land Destroyer Report, the key role of the Israel lobby in pushing regime change from Damascus to Kuala Lumpur will remain […]

  9. Israel lobby pushing Syrian regime change to weaken Iran (see additional links after Stephen Sniegoski article):

    Humanitarian Buffer Zones in Syria — How misinformation obscures the Israel lobby’s influence on U.S. foreign policy:


    October 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

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