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COUNCIL FOR THE NATIONAL INTEREST

A non profit membership association organized under SQ1(C) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code.. .Donations are not deductible from taxable income as charitable contributions.

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President Eugene H. Bird


 

E. RALPH HOSTETTER. Newspaper, publisher, businessman, civic leader, resides in Elkton, Maryland.

 

MARTHA KEYS. Member of congress from Kansas, 1975 to 79, houseways and means committee formerly assistant secretary of education, executive director, centre for a new democracy, vice president for public affairs, national multiple Sclerosis Society, resides in Arlington, Virginia.

 

JOHN D. LAW. Journalist, Lecturer, Consultant, Former Middle East Regional Editor for U.S. News and World Report, resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

JERRY LEVIN, Director of News and Information Services, World Vision, Former Beirut Burean Cheif, CNN Television, escaped after being held hostage in Beirut for eleven months, resides in Monrovia, California.

 

TALCOTT W. SEELYE. United States Ambassador, retired President, Telcott Seelye Associates, Bethsda, M.D. Former Career Foreign service officer. Held various diplomatic posts, including Ambassadorships in Tunisia and Syria.

 

WILLIAM STOLTZFUS, JR. United States Ambassdor, retired Internatioal Banker, New York Diplomatic Posts include Ambassadorship in Kuwait and other Gulf States, resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

PAUL FINDLEY, Chairman member of congress of Illinois 1961- 83, author, they dave to speak out people and in situations confront's Israel's lobby. And  in 1993. Delibrate Deceptions: Facing the facts about the US Israeli relationship. Resides in Jackson ville, Illinois.

 

PAUL N. PETE Mr. CLOSKEY, Vice Chariman member of congress from California, 1967 to 83 formal presidential candidate. Navy gross and Purple Heart veteran of Korean War. Attorney in Menlo Park, California.

 

EUGENE H. "GENE" BIRD, President and Executive Director, Member of the foreign service for 25 years, vice president of General Electric (Overseas) 1978-1982. Trade Advisor to the North West Governors, author of the numerous articles on the Middle East.

 

JOHN B. ANDERSON. Member of congress from Illinois, 1961 to 1981, house rules committee, chairman of house republican conference, independent presidential candidate, 1980, Law professor, residing in FT, Laudendale, Florida.

 

ZIAD JAMIL ASALI, M.D. In group practising Taylorville, Illinois, chairman of the board of christian country medical clinic. Vice president of Arab - American university graduates, member of Arab - American Medical Association

 

 


 

E. RALPH HOSTETTER. Newspaper, publisher, businessman, civic leader, resides in Elkton, Maryland.

 

MARTHA KEYS. Member of congress from Kansas, 1975 to 79, houseways and means committee formerly assistant secretary of education, executive director, centre for a new democracy, vice president for public affairs, national multiple Sclerosis Society, resides in Arlington, Virginia.

 

JOHN D. LAW. Journalist, Lecturer, Consultant, Former Middle East Regional Editor for U.S. News and World Report, resides in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

JERRY LEVIN, Director of News and Information Services, World Vision, Former Beirut Burean Cheif, CNN Television, escaped after being held hostage in Beirut for eleven months, resides in Monrovia, California.

 

TALCOTT W. SEELYE. United States Ambassador, retired President, Telcott Seelye Associates, Bethsda, M.D. Former Career Foreign service officer. Held various diplomatic posts, including Ambassadorships in Tunisia and Syria.

 

WILLIAM STOLTZFUS, JR. United States Ambassdor, retired Internatioal Banker, New York Diplomatic Posts include Ambassadorship in Kuwait and other Gulf States, resides in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

PAUL FINDLEY, Chairman member of congress of Illinois 1961- 83, author, they dave to speak out people and in situations confront's Israel's lobby. And  in 1993. Delibrate Deceptions: Facing the facts about the US Israeli relationship. Resides in Jackson ville, Illinois.

 

PAUL N. PETE Mr. CLOSKEY, Vice Chariman member of congress from California, 1967 to 83 formal presidential candidate. Navy gross and Purple Heart veteran of Korean War. Attorney in Menlo Park, California.

 

EUGENE H. "GENE" BIRD, President and Executive Director, Member of the foreign service for 25 years, vice president of General Electric (Overseas) 1978-1982. Trade Advisor to the North West Governors, author of the numerous articles on the Middle East.

 

JOHN B. ANDERSON. Member of congress from Illinois, 1961 to 1981, house rules committee, chairman of house republican conference, independent presidential candidate, 1980, Law professor, residing in FT, Laudendale, Florida.

 

ZIAD JAMIL ASALI, M.D. In group practising Taylorville, Illinois, chairman of the board of christian country medical clinic. Vice president of Arab - American university graduates, member of Arab - American Medical Association.

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"U.S. foreign policy cannot be divorced from the moral principles most Americans share. " - President Bill Clinton The Council for the National Interest is a non nonpartisan organization which advocates a new direction for U S. Middle East policy. We believe the national interest is directly linked to our consistency in upholding American moral principles. We stand opposed to the special interests who have successfully identified 'America with Israel's regional ambitions. A ""Greater Israel" is in the interest of no one. To bring change we must first create an atmosphere in which all aspects of the Arab-Israeli issue can be freely and fairly debated, both at the grassroots level and in Washington. No rational dialogue is possible when those who dare to speak out are subjected to such intimidation that they fear for their political or professional life. The Major Issues The Council believes that a just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict can only be. achieved if U.S. policy is based upon American moral principles and a strict adherence to international law, We oppose tile continued Israeli occupation of Arab territory and the denial of basic rights and freedoms to Palestinians tinder Israeli military rule. No peace initiative will ever succeed in the long run if it denies the Palestinians the. liberty to which all peoples are entitled. Unfortunately, the U.S. has always been silent in the face of Israel's continuing occupation, obediently providing military, political, and financial support which only strengthens Israel's belligerent posture towards its neighbors. The confiscation of Arab land for Israeli settlers, the expulsion of Palestinians, their arrest and imprisonment, the systematic torture in the prisons, the total absence of due process ' the demolition of homes, the diversion to Israel of scarce water resources, and the often indiscriminate killing of men, women, and especially children are violations of international law and moral standards. We as Americans have a special responsibility to put a stop to these abuses because they are unjust and because they are being carried out with our resources and with the military and political support of our government. Self-Determination One of the fundamental rights of mankind is that one people cannot be allowed to oppress another, and that subjugated peoples have an inalienable right to shake off foreign rule. It is for this reason that the Palestinian people began their own rebellion of the stones, the Intifada in 1987. The U.S. government, contradicting the views of the majority of its own citizens, still rejects the international consensus which holds that, the Palestinian people are. entitled to statehood and independence in their own homeland, to be exercised in the West Bank and Gaza, including East Jerusalem. Israel still refuses to abandon its colonial subjugation of Palestinians and continues to be intransigent in peace negotiations. The primary obstacle to a successful negotiation is Israel's rejection of the principle of a comprehensive settlement, in favor of a strategy of dividing peace into pieces, as was done with Egypt at Camp David. The intention is to neutralize Arab leverage through separate deals, leaving the Palestinians to suffer forever under a harsh occupation. Ile Arabs, rightly, do not accept this approach, and America should be trying to change Israeli conduct in this regard rather than encouraging it. The United States Must Pursue An Independent Middle East Policy For too long, U.S. Middle East policy has been largely made on behalf of one party to the conflict, Israel. Only Israel and the U.S. reject formal relations with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) which has represented the people. of Palestine since 1964. Yet every important ally of the U.S., including Great Britain, deals with the PLO. Another example of U.S. myopia is the almost $5 billion worth of financial assistance the U-S. pours into Israel each year, the equivalent of $1,250 for every Israeli man, woman, and child. That's more than America gives to all the countries of Europe, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa combined! Land for Peace The Council supports an American role in Arab-Israeli negotiations that will lead to a comprehensive settlement based on the withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces. To achieve this, we must change our policy and use our power in a balanced and evenhanded way. This is what being an honest broker is all about. Instead, we have been disabled by our own domestic politics an([ have allowed Israeli priorities to rule our thinking. As part of a comprehensive settlement, it wool(] be consistent with American interests and commitments it) support an international guarantee for the security of all parties to the conflict, including Israel within its pre-1967 borders. We support the right of Syria, Lebanon an(] flip Palestinians to the return of the land Israel has taken front them in its wan of 1967 and 1982. It is not in our national interest to help Israel rule Palestinians or any other people or to help Israel seize Arab land through offensive military action. Join in the Challenge The Council for the National Interest is composed of members from all ethnic, religious, social, and political backgrounds. Our goal is a U.S. Middle East policy ' which supports American values and interests and which is consistent with the norms of international law. A major obstacle to the establishment of such an American policy is the political influence wielded by the Israeli lobby. Supplementing the lobby's efficient pressure, pro-Israeli political action committees give more money to the campaigns of senators, congressmen, and presidential candidates than any other single-issue lobby. They emphasize that their members are "single-minded" about a "single issue" ... supporting Israel. Aggregate contributions by pro-Israeli individuals are even greater. Fortunately, there are also forces on the side of justice and peace. The Council is one of those forces. We oppose by every means the use of U.S. military and economic aid to subsidize Israel's military adventures, illegal settlements, territorial annexation,,;, and violations of Palestinian national and human rights. We strive to build a national constituency of American who are committed to fairness and justice in the Middle East. Most elected officials welcome constituent support for an independent U.S. Middle East policy. They are. increasingly, in private, uncomfortable with the overbearing pressure exerted by the Israeli lobby, If you join us, we will provide you with timely strategic background information on the issues, help locate speakers for your area, and assist you in developing political action at the community level. The Council needs your help and energy oil the ground to make sure our message gets through.

 

 

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