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In a 1996 report prepared by the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies' "Study Group on a New Israeli Strategy Toward 2000", the main substantive ideas in this paper emerge from a discussion in which prominent opinion makers, including Richard Perle, James Colbert, Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Douglas Feith, Robert Loewenberg, David Wurmser, and Meyrav Wurmser participated.

The report, entitled "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm", is the framework for a series of follow-up reports on strategy; specifically

  • "establishing the precedent that Syrian territory is not immune to attacks emanating from Lebanon by Israeli proxy forces." These are, by another view, the Christian SLA, a body long involved in a civil war with Palestinian militants in Lebanon.

The Congressional Research Service report #93033 references "Israeli and Israeli proxy forces in an Israeli "security zone" in southern Lebanon".

The Middle East Policy Council Journal Volume VII, June 2000, Number 3 also references "Israeli proxy forces and Israeli military within occupied Lebanon".

In October 2003, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad generated considerable consternation with a speech which contained the statement :"Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them." [1] It should be noted that he did not say "Israeli proxy forces", and it should not be immediately inferred that he was speaking about the same published term noted above.

The statement drew immediate criticism from Israel, the United States and other countries, and raised fears that it could fan violence against Jews. But it got a standing ovation from the kings, presidents, sheiks and emirs -- including key U.S. allies -- gathered in Malaysia's capital, Putrajaya.


..."Are we not allowed at all to criticize the Jews if they do things which are wrong?" Mahathir asked. "If Muslims can be accused of being terrorists, then others can accuse the Jews of being terrorists also." [2]