Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Israel's Longstanding Middle East Plan
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, October 25, 2010
In 1982, Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs senior advisor Oded
Yinon published a revealing document for regional conquest and dominance.
Still relevant today, it's titled "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s,
translated, edited, and retitled "The Zionist Plan for the Middle East" by
distinguished Professor Israel Shahak (1933 - 2001), longtime activist,
analyst, and outspoken Israeli critic.
The Zionist Plan for the Middle East: A Strategy for Israel in the Nineteen
Eighties By Oded Yinon
Its publisher, the Association of Arab-American University Graduates
called it "the most explicit, detailed and unambiguous statement to date of
the Zionist strategy in the Middle East....Its importance....lies not in its
historical value but in the nightmare which it represents," what thereafter
continued to unfold.
Its two essential premises include:
to survive, Israel must dominate the region and become a world power, and
-- succeeding requires dividing Arab nations into small states -
Balkanizing them along ethnic and sectarian lines as Israeli satellites,
controllable satraps, the idea modeled after the Ottoman Empire's Millet (or
nation) system under which local authorities governed confessional
communities with separate ethnic identities.
Israel's 1967 Golan
seizure and 1978 and 1982 Lebanon invasions followed the plan, Yinon noting
"far-reaching opportunities for the first time since 1967, (created by the)
very stormy situation surround(ing) Israel," resurrected whenever Israel
wishes. Its method involves preemptive belligerence against Palestinians and
regional states, making them all eventual targets to be weakened,
fragmented, divided, and reconfigured under Israeli control.
1982, it included dividing Iraq into Shi'ite, Sunni, and Kurdish areas,
what, in fact, unfolded after 2003, Shahak noting that:
follows faithfully the geopolitical ideas current in Germany of 1890 - 1933,
which were swallowed whole by Hitler and the Nazi movement, and determined
their aims for East Europe." They were then implemented from 1939 - 1941,
"and only (a global alliance) prevented their consolidation for a period of
Citing the "early stages of a new epoch," Yinon said "The
existence, prosperity and steadfastness of (Israel) depend(s) upon its
ability to adopt a new framework for its domestic and foreign affairs,"
based on securing its material needs through winnable resource wars and Arab
"All the Arab States east of Israel are torn apart,
broken up and riddled with inner conflicts even more than those of the
Maghreb" (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, and Western Sahara).
All the Gulf states are "built upon a delicate house of sand in which there
is only oil." Jordan is in reality Palestine, Amman the same as Nablus.
Other Muslim states are similar. Half of Iran's population is Persian
speaking, the rest ethnically Turkish. Turkey is half Sunni Muslim, the rest
Shi'ite Alawis and Sunni Kurds. Today, Afghanistan's divisions are clearer,
including Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, Uzbeks, Turkmen, and others. Pakistan
also is comprised of Punjabis, Pashtuns, Sindhis, Seraikis, Muhajirs,
Balochs and others.
From Morocco to India, Somalia to Turkey,
stability is absent, "point(ing) to....a rapid degeneration in the entire
region" to be exploited to Israel's advantage. Throughout the Middle East,
depravation, including hunger and unemployment affect millions, potentially
explosive problems only security forces can contain, giving Israel
"far-reaching opportunities for the first time since 1967."
Day War's strategic error was failing to give Jordan to the Palestinians,
thereby "neutralizing" today's problem by removing them. "Today, we suddenly
face immense opportunities for transforming the situation thoroughly and
this we must do in the coming decade, otherwise we shall not survive as a
He recommended far-reaching foreign and domestic political
and economic changes. He also called Israel's peace agreement with Egypt a
mistake, said its economy depends on acquiring oil resources without which
it could be destroyed, and named two ways to get them:
by breaking the treaty; or
-- regaining control of the Sinai
indirectly, Egypt no military obstacle because of its internal conflicts.
In 1956, its myth as the Arab world's strong leader was revealed,
reiterated in 1967. Its economy is also in crisis, making foreign help
essential. Israel's strategic aim is to weaken it further by breaking it
into distinct geographical regions. If accomplished, other countries may
follow, including Libya and Sudan.
"The vision of a Christian Coptic
State in Upper Egypt alongside a number of weak states with very localized
power (and none centrally) is the key to a historical development which was
only set back by the peace agreement but which seems inevitable in the long
Lebanon's division into five provinces is a precedent for the
entire Arab world, including Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and the Arabian
peninsula. Syria will divide into a Shi'ite Alawi coastal state, an Aleppo
area Sunni one, another in Damascus, and the Druzes will set up their own.
This outcome will guarantee peace and security in the long run, "and that
aim is already within our reach today."
Oil rich/internally torn
Iraq is a "guaranteed" Israeli target, more important than Syria. In the
short run, it's Israel's greatest threat. A war with Iran will tear it
apart, lead to its downfall, and perhaps fragment Iran, separating its oil
rich Arab speaking province from the rest of the country. Confrontations
elsewhere will cause further dissolutions.
Because of internal and
external pressure, the entire Arabian peninsula is vulnerable, especially
Saudi Arabia. Jordan won't threaten in the long run after dissolution.
"There is no chance that (it) will continue to exist in its present
structure for a long time." Thus, Israel's policy should be transferring
Jordanian power to Palestinians, hastened by Occupied Territory emigration,
resulting in "Arabs to Jordan and the Jews to the areas west of the river.
Genuine coexistence and peace will reign over the land only when Arabs
understand that without Jewish rule between Jordan and the sea they will
have neither existence nor security." Jordan is their only alternative,
giving Israel more land cleansed of Arabs.
Otherwise, "we shall
cease to exist within any borders. Judea, Samaria (the West Bank and
Jerusalem) and the Galilee are our sole guarantee for national
existence....Rebalancing the country demographically, strategically and
economically is the highest and most central aim today."
transforming world Jewry make Israel the only existential option. "Our
existence is certain." Nothing can "remove us (either) forcefully or by
treachery (Sadat's method)."
Three important points are stressed:
First, Israel's military alone can't occupy more territory. The
solution - rule by "Haddad forces" or "Village Associations," controllable
local authorities, dissociated from their populations, Israeli garrisons
strategically positioned between the mini states. Making it feasible depends
on keeping Arabs divided.
Second, Yinon's plan was published to win
over Israeli society, especially its elites able to influence others.
Problems about Arabs awareness are minimal, given their divisions and
inability to understand Israeli society.
Neither is America of
concern, its pro-Israeli media assumes "good intentions" regardless of
policy, and the Israeli Lobby does the rest. As a result, Israel operates
freely "because the world wants to close its eyes."
In 1985, Israeli
President and Labor Party leader Chaim Herzog echoed the views of hardline
extremists like Sharon and Netanyahu:
"We are certainly not willing
to make partners of the Palestinians in any way in a land that was holy to
our people for thousands of years. There can be no partner with the Jews of
this land," leaving resettlement (expulsion) the only option, a favored
policy today, the same one revisionist leader Ze've Jabotinsky advocated,
including in a 1939 letter, saying:
"There is no choice: The Arabs
must make room for the Jews in Eretz Israel. It it was possible to transfer
the Baltic peoples, it is also possible to move the Palestinian Arabs." Most
was accomplished in Israel's 1948 "War of Independence," again in the 1967
Six Day War. Thereafter it continued, supported and funded by Israel's
Washington paymaster/partner in crime. As a result, Palestinians have been
on their own resisting for over six decades, their courage and determination
unreported in the West, but global support builds and offers hope.
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