The Paper That Started it All: “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm”

Written in 1996 by a group of advisers to Benjamin Netanyahu, the document breaks down Israel’s plan for the future of the Middle East. The strategic includes destabilizing Syria, removing Saddam in Iraq, getting closer to the Jordanian king, and changing the dialogue over the Israel-Palestine peace talks from “peace for land” to “peace through strength”.

Two members of the group, Richard Perle and Douglas Feith, would go on to be advisers of the Bush White House and work within The Office of Special Plans.

Clearly this document had no bearing on Israeli (and American) foreign policy in the Middle East over the next 20 years.

The full document is found here


  • Richard Perle, American Enterprise Institute, Study Group Leader
  • James Colbert, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs
  • Charles Fairbanks, Jr., Johns Hopkins University/SAIS
  • Douglas Feith, Feith and Zell Associates
  • Robert Loewenberg, President, Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies
  • Jonathan Torop, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • David Wurmser, Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies
  • Meyrav Wurmser, Johns Hopkins University

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