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Pro-Israel Saban Center Proposes New Framework for Persian Gulf Security

By Maidhc Ó Cathail | The Passionate Attachment | July 3, 2012

In the Saban Center for Middle East Policy’s newest Middle East Memo, “Security in the Persian Gulf: New Frameworks for the Twenty-First Century,” Kenneth Pollack proposes “a new security architecture for the region.” According to a summary on the center’s site:

Pollack analyzes security arrangements in other parts of the world and focuses on two options: expanding the GCC and turning it into a formal military alliance and creating an arrangement modeled on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe. In weighing each option, Pollack finds that the latter can better furnish a path toward peace and security.

Any consideration of how likely Pollack’s CSCE model would contribute to “peace and security” in the Persian Gulf requires an understanding of whose interests the author and his employer represent.

The Saban Center was established in 2002 with a pledge of nearly $13 million from the Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban to the Brookings Institution. Having once admitted to the New York Times, “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel,” Saban told an Israeli conference in 2010 that establishing think tanks was one of his “three ways to be influential in American politics” — along with making donations to political parties and controlling media outlets — so that he could “protect Israel, by strengthening the United States-Israel relationship.”

Before becoming a senior fellow at the Saban Center, Kenneth Pollack was a member of the U.S. National Security Council. While advising on American security, Pollack was mentioned in relation to the 2005 criminal indictment against Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman as one of the government officials who provided classified information to the two former AIPAC employees about Washington’s Iran policy. Presumably, all three were motivated, like Saban, by their overriding concern for the security of the Jewish state.

In light of Saban and Pollack’s profound concern for Israel’s security, “Security in the Persian Gulf” should be seen as yet another attempt to advance Israeli interests in the region by influencing American politics.

July 3, 2012 - Posted by | Militarism, Timeless or most popular, Wars for Israel | , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. It’s not a Jewish state, happily, never has been, and is becoming less of one daily. The Zionists have not abandoned their long-cherished dream of turning it into a Jewish state by exterminating or expelling all the goyim, but so far they haven’t been able to manage it, and in sha’ Allah they never will manage it. Nil desperandum!

    Comment by traducteur | July 3, 2012 | Reply

    • LOL… You remind me of the little kid that holds his fingers in his ears and shouts “I can’t hear you”… I guess you think that trying, however hard, to ignore reality will somehow change that reality…

      Israel, a state of which roughly 80% of the population is Jewish, where Jewish holidays are national holidays, where Hebrew (the language of Judaism) is the predominant official language is most certainly a Jewish state…

      To pretend otherwise is simply silly… But then again, so is antisemitism…

      Comment by ScubaMan | March 3, 2013 | Reply

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