The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

29-Aug-2005

To Support Elon is to Support the System

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Don’t Be Deceived: To Support Elon is to Support the SYSTEM
Disengagement: The Ugly Truth About the Knesset

1. In October 2004, the Knesset passed the unilateral Disengagement bill by a vote of 67 to 45. Amazing, because this Knesset came into existence as a result of the January 2003 election, when parties opposed to unilateral Disengagement won 84 Knesset seats or 70% of the Knesset’s membership. (more…)

The Eidelberg Report

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(abbreviated and edited for Internet).

MK Benny Elon calls for a bloc of right-wing or nationalist parties (read: Echud Haleumi—to which he belongs—and Mafdal) bloc to preserve settlements to, oppose an emerging left-wing constitution, and to bolster Jewish education.

This is not a program but a call to support motherhood. Elon does not have a constructive program. He, like all MKs, is primarily concerned to preserve his seat in the Knesset. I know this from having prepared a program for him before the 1999 elections, a program which, had he supported it, might have prevented Israel’s present plight. The program included, among other things, personal election of MKs to replace voting for boss-led party slates. (more…)

28-Aug-2005

Revolutionary Article (hebrew)

Filed under: Democratic MethodsParty Structures — eidelberg @ 9:32 am Edit This

I urge you to study (and distribute) a superb and revolutionary article by my colleague Prof. Israel Hanukoglu, calling for the resignation of Mafdal (National Religious Party) and Ichud Haleumi (National Union) chairs in the Knesset (for hebrew readers). The article was published by Arutz-7. here.

The article shows how the two parties mentioned above betrayed the national camp when they signed the coalition agreement with the Sharon Government after the January 2003 election.

It also calls for a national primary before elections to rid Israel of the notorious corruption that has become a commonplace in Israeli politics. To this end, it emphasizes the necessity of having members of the Knesset individually elected by, and accountable to, the voters in constituency or regional elections. (more…)

Two Crucial Issues

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Although I have always been skeptical of Moshe Feiglin’s effort to take over the Likud Party—comparing it to a virgin trying to make a brothel chaste—nevertheless, I have always wished him success in his mission impossible. (more…)

27-Aug-2005

From David Ben-Gurion and The Yamin Israel Party

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Not only corrupt politicians, but also the decadence of Israel’s parliamentary electoral system is responsible for Sharon’s Disengagement Plan, hence for the unspeakable tragedy that has befallen thousands of Jews in Gaza and northern Samaria.

Few people realize that the flaws inherent in Israel’s parliamentary system were evident at the founding of the state, as may be learned from David Ben-Gurion’s Memoirs. (more…)

26-Aug-2005

Political Science 101 and 201

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A. Political Science 101

I wonder how many political scientists in Israel (or in America, for that matter) teach their students that Israel’s Prime Minister is, in principle, and in many decisive respects, more powerful than a President of the United States? (more…)

Is Israel Being Sold out by its Prime Minister?

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On December 23, 2003, Ha’aretz’s Baruch Kra published a summary of a video that links the entire Sharon family to a Greek island tourist resort project. If this summary is accurate—and if it isn’t, Ha’aretz can expect a massive libel suit—mass demonstrations should be organized demanding Prime Minister Sharon’s immediate resignation. Here are the main points of the incriminating video. (more…)

25-Aug-2005

An Appeal to All Feiglinites

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I do not doubt Moshe Feiglin’s good intentions. I only question his practical wisdom. Please suspend, if only for a few minutes, your preconceptions and consider the following:

By remaining in the Likud and luring people to register for that corrupt party, Moshe Feiglin is preventing the formation of the only political instrument that can possibly remove Israel’s present leadership and change the SYSTEM that entrenches this leadership in power—BEFORE Israel suffers more irreversible damage. (more…)

24-Aug-2005

A Brief Message from Prof. Eidelberg

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Good News!

Israel is going to be saved from its present tyranny by Moshe Feiglin and his Jewish Leadership Movement (Manhigut Yehudit)!

And how is this miracle to come about?

Easy. They tell us there are only 137,000 Likud members*—so all we need to do is finagle more Feiglinites into the Likud, get a majority, and take over that corrupt party. (more…)

23-Aug-2005

A Manifesto for Thought and Action

Filed under: Israel’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 8:26 am Edit This

Prof. Paul Eidelberg & Prof. Israel Hanukoglu

1. You all know that Sharon has become the Left’s prime minister.
2. You remember how Mafdal and Ichud HaLeumi said they could do more good by staying in the government than by resigning. Look what happened: (more…)

22-Aug-2005

Post-Mortem on Gush Katif: Where Do We Go from Here?

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1. Needless to say, there is plenty blame to go around for the tragedy of Gush Kativ. Gush Katif, whose 800 cows constituted the second largest dairy farm in Israel. Gush Katif, which produced 95% of all Israel’s exports of bug-free lettuce and greens, 70% of all Israel’s exports of organic vegetables, 60% of all Israel’s exports of cherry tomatoes, and 60% of all Israel’s exports of geraniums. Gush Katif, whose total sum of exports from greenhouses was $100,000,000, which is 15% of the total agricultural exports of the whole state of Israel—this Gush Katif is gone—given to Arab terrorists now boasting of their victory over Israel. (more…)

21-Aug-2005

To Religious Cassandras

Filed under: Israel’s SovereigntyDisengagement — eidelberg @ 10:51 pm Edit This

I’m dismayed by the wailings of religious Cassandras. Any sensitive person will deplore if not cry over the tragedy that has befallen the Jews of Gush Katif. Indeed, I for one regard Sharon’s expulsion of these Jews from their homes as the greatest desecration of the God of Israel—a desecration broadcast throughout the world. (more…)

Why No Nationalist Camp in Israel

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It will be shown in this article that National Union (Ha’ihud Ha’Leumi) and the National Religious Party (Mafdal) split the “nationalist camp” and are very much responsible for Israel’s precarious situation. Let’s begin with hard data. (more…)

17-Aug-2005

How Tyranny Developed in Israel

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The present tyranny in Israel did not begin with Ariel Sharon; he only made it conspicuous by giving his police black shirts and forcibly expelling Jews from Gush Katif. But how did this tyranny begin?

The foundations of tyranny usually develop unseen by most men. But once begun, everyone adds a little to it until it reaches a magnitude obvious to all but fools. (more…)

16-Aug-2005

A Message from David Ben-Gurion

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A Message from David Ben-Gurion to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his judicial collaborator Chief Justice Aharon Barak,

“No Jew is at liberty to surrender the right of the Jewish Nation and the Land of Israel to exist. No Jewish body is sanctioned to do so. No Jew alive today has the authority to yield any piece of land whatsoever. This right is preserved by the Jewish People throughout the generations and cannot be forfeited under any circumstance. Even if at some given time there will be those who declare that they are relinquishing this right, they have neither the power nor the jurisdiction to negate it for future generations to come. The Jewish Nation is neither obligated by nor responsible for any waiver such as this. Our right to this land, in its entirety, is steadfast, inalienable and eternal. And until the coming of the Great Redemption, we shall never yield this historic right.”
Speech to the 21st Zionist Congress Basel 1937 (more…)

Martin Luther King In Israel

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As I indicated several years ago, as well as very recently, Martin Luther King’s civil disobedience movement (unless supplemented by other measures) is not likely to stop Sharon’s expulsion plan in any part of Israel. To understand why, we must understand the legal and political context which made Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement a success. (more…)

15-Aug-2005

Proclamation & Petition: Sharon Must Resign

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Please disseminate as widely as possible. Sign this as a petition online!

Fellow Citizens and Friends of Israel!

The Land and People of Israel are in great danger. We, who experienced Soviet totalitarianism, and took part in the struggle against tyranny, recognize the familiar signs—the party oligarchy called “Israeli democracy” is turning into a one-man dictatorship—that of Ariel Sharon. (more…)

A Democracy Killing Itself

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By Daniel Pipes

The Israeli government’s removal of its own citizens from Gaza ranks as one of the worst errors ever made by a democracy.

This step is the worse for being self-imposed, not the result of pressure from Washington. When the Bush administration first heard in December 2003 that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had unilaterally decided to pull all soldiers and civilians from Gaza, it responded coolly. Months of persuasion were needed to get the White House to embrace the initiative. The harm will be three-fold: within Israel, in relations with the Palestinians, and internationally. (more…)

12-Aug-2005

Whistling in the Wind?

Filed under: Oslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 9:27 pm Edit This

Yesterday, apropos of Sharon’s plan to deJewdify Gaza and Northern Samaria, and in view of all those engaged in implementing this first stage of that criminal plan—cabinet ministers and the so-called security forces—I quoted Albert Camus:

“To serve falsehood and despotism is the patriotism of the coward.’

Juxtapose Ben Hecht: “Political objectives exonerate leaders from feeling guilt. They regard their actions, however cruel and vicious their results, as impersonal deeds dictated by national demands.”

Thus, although 10,000 Jews are scheduled to be expelled from their homes, there is no guilt—no guilt among Israel’s ruling elites and factotums. Nor among notable American Jews. (more…)

11-Aug-2005

To Those Responsible for the Expulsion

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessDisengagement — eidelberg @ 9:35 pm Edit This

To those responsible for the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria,
—especially to Israel’s Cabinet and to the General Staff of the IDF—
look in your mirrors and ponder the words of Albert Camus:
“To serve falsehood and despotism is the patriotism of the coward.”

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