The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

29-Aug-2006

Election Rules Matter

Filed under: Democratic MethodsRepresentation — eidelberg @ 10:14 pm Edit This

New immigrants to Israel may find it difficult to understand Israel’s political system. The truth is most native Israelis are in the same boat. This is why I wrote Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall six years ago.

In any country having democratic elections, the elections are not the most important thing. They do not ensure that that country is a democracy. More significant is the relational bond between the electors and the elected. In other words, after the elections are over, will those who make the laws of the country be under public control? Will those seeking reelection have to account for their record in office? This depends very much on a country’s parliamentary election rules.

Israel’s parliamentary elections rules enable those elected to the Knesset to ignore the opinions and interests of their electors with impunity. The reason is this: (more…)

Israel’s Terminal Illness

Filed under: Foreign PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:34 am Edit This

by Joseph Farah
Courtesy of WorldNetDaily

We’ve all known brave soldiers who fought courageously in multiple conflicts only to succumb to lingering and debilitating illnesses years later.

Likewise, history tells us of nations that never lost a battle in combat only to die because they lost their sense of purpose, their will to survive.

I think that’s what is happening in Israel today. I think the Jewish state is terminally ill. (more…)

28-Aug-2006

The Necessity of Regime Change

Filed under: Democratic MethodsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 10:10 pm Edit This

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, 28 August 2006].

Reacting to Israel’s debacle in Lebanon, hundreds of Israeli reservists are demonstrating near the Knesset, calling for the resignations of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Dan Halutz. Tens of thousands of Israelis should rally to their cause—and they should also call for Regime Change.

Of course, the prime minister is the one most responsible for the debacle in Lebanon. Clearly, the Olmert government was not prepared for the war and failed to achieve its stated objectives. (more…)

27-Aug-2006

Help Danny and Itzik Halamish

Filed under: Democratic MethodsIslam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:31 am Edit This

by Ruth & Nadia Matar

Rosh Chodesh Elul

Dear Friends,

Many things have changed since the war in Lebanon. But one thing has not yet changed in our country: the legal persecution of loyal Jews whose only crime is wanting to live in the Land of Israel and trying to defend themselves when attacked by Arabs.

We call upon all of you to read the Kafkaesque story of Danny and Itzik Halamish, two brothers who live in Ma’aleh Rehavam (a small community of 30 residents, in the Judean desert not far from Tekoa) . Danny and Itzik are dear personal friends of ours and we will do all we can to prevent them from going to jail. (more…)

24-Aug-2006

Toward a Serious War Process

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIslam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:31 am Edit This

Not to minimize the loss of Jewish lives and property, but Israel’s latest round with Hezbollah is a blessing in disguise, for revealed not merely the inept and craven character of Israel’s government. What is even more important in the long run: the war revealed—more clearly than ever, and especially to the United States—that the enemy is not merely “militant Islam” (a tautology) but ISLAM per se.

Stated another way: A lot of American policy-makers and opinion-makers know more clearly than ever that the U.S. is in the midst of World War III, and that the enemy is more dangerous than Nazi Germany. (more…)

On Islamic Monotheism

Filed under: Islam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 5:46 am Edit This

Physicist Gerald L. Schroeder wisely said, “The god an atheist does not believe in is usually not the God of the Bible. Unfortunately, the god of the ‘believer’ is also often not the God of the Bible.”

Islamic monotheism differs profoundly from Jewish monotheism. The first Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Avraham Kook (1865-1935), who studied philosophy and Kabbalah, referred to Islamic monotheism as “barren and desolate,” whereas the Jewish God “brings joy and life to all.”

Islam’s deity, Allah, is absolutely transcendent. (more…)

22-Aug-2006

Hot Air in Israel

Filed under: Democratic MethodsRepresentationBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 12:08 am Edit This

“Olmert must go!” “Down with the government!” “To the Streets!” “New elections Now!” Israel is being deluged in hot air.

So what if Olmert resigned? So what if the government were toppled? So what if the people went to the streets? And so what if new elections were held now? Just more hot air! (more…)

21-Aug-2006

What Prevents the West from Winning World War III?

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 11:55 pm Edit This

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 21, 2006].

Few people realize that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmaninejad, the most powerful leader of Shi’te Islam, has declared war on Judaism and Christianity by declaring his intention to “wipe Israel off the map” and establish a “world without America.” To take Ahmaninejad seriously, you must think of Hitler with nuclear missiles. But this is not all.

Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has financed the construction of thousands of mosques in the Western world. Imams are preaching jihad to the millions of Muslims that now populate the West. Great Britain and Europe, thanks to their immigration policies and permissive legal systems, are being Arabized primarily by Sunni Muslims who share Ahmaninejad’s jihadic agenda. (more…)

18-Aug-2006

The Spirit of Jewish Soldiers

Filed under: BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 8:25 pm Edit This

Article: Wounded IDF Soldier: “So I Lost a Leg; So What?”
Courtesy of IsraelNationalNews.com

Sgt. Eran Perry, who lost his right leg above the knee, and Sgt. Evyatar Cohen, whose right hand is not functioning, spoke, bareheaded, from the hospital on Israel Television Thursday night. For those who thought that values were a thing of the past, the following is a rough translated transcript of what they told interviewer Katy Dor and was broadcast to the country: (more…)

“Disproportion”

Filed under: BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:06 am Edit This

by Michael Razar

Arab-Israel disproportion—as it should properly be displayed. Please pass on to all.

TheRealMap, a Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show presentation.
Courtesy of The Truth-Peace Movement.

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16-Aug-2006

Underground-Bunker Finder

Filed under: Foreign PolicyCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 11:05 pm Edit This

by Larry Orah

Attached is Engineering News-Record article featuring the Airborne Geologic Survey Tool, capable of seeing as deep as 20,000 ft underground.

I think that a device like this could be used to map underground bunkers and tunnels such as those used in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and in Gaza by the enemies of Israel. (more…)

Lebanon: Myths and Facts

Filed under: CURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 9:32 pm Edit This

Get the facts. Dispel 5 common misconceptions about the war in Lebanon.

View Lebanon: Myths and Facts—a New 2-Minute Movie by aish.com
http://www.aish.com/movies/JS/Lebanon.asp

The Greatest Threat to Mankind

Filed under: Islam & Arab — eidelberg @ 7:11 am Edit This

An e-mailer sent me the following:

One of the most comprehensive, contextual and chronological accounts of Muhammad’s life and the religion he created… [is Craig Winn’s] Prophet Of Doom: Islam’s Terrorist Dogma In Muhammad’s Own Words.

This work is available for free online at: www.prophetofdoom.us (more…)

15-Aug-2006

Why Islam Should Be Wiped Off the Map

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 9:47 pm Edit This

I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. So far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.

Alexis de Tocqueville

[Islam’s massacres in India] are unparalleled in history, bigger in sheer numbers than the [Nazi] Holocaust, or the massacre of the Armenians by the Turks.

Serge Trivkovic

However much institutions, attitudes, and customs have changed, the Muslim approach to politics derives from the invariant premises of the religion and from fundamental themes established more than a millennium ago.

Daniel Pipes

Anyone who has read the Quran as well as Ibn Warraq (Why I Am Not a Muslim), or Robert Spencer (A Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam), or Bernard Lewis (The Crisis of Islam), or Bat Ye’or (Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide), or Kenneth Timmerman (Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America), or Raphael Patai (The Arab Mind), or D. F. Green (Arab Theologians on Jews and Israel), or Melanie Phillips (Londonistan)—anyone, I say, who has read these books knows that Islam, by any other name, is Islam, and that the Quran is the Islamic equivalent of Mein Kampf, as Winston Churchill indicates in his history of the Second World War. (more…)

14-Aug-2006

Capitulation: What Next?

Filed under: RepresentationBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:58 am Edit This

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 14, 2006].

Various political analysts have denounced Prime Minister Olmert for accepting the UN Cease-Fire Resolution. Caroline Glick of The Jerusalem Post calls the Resolution an “unmitigated disaster.” Ari Shavit of Ha’aretz not only says “Olmert must go,” but he blames the decadence of Israel’s ruling elites for this disaster.

A. The UN Resolution

1. The Resolution does indeed signal a victory for Hezbollah and its patrons Iran and Syria—hence a defeat not only for Israel but for the United States. (more…)

10-Aug-2006

One Reason Why Israel Was Not Prepared For the Present War

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:04 am Edit This

In 1970, The Review of Politics published my article, “Intellectual and Moral Anarchy in American Society.” The thrust of the article was this: American higher education was permeated by the doctrine of moral or cultural relativism—a doctrine that thrives only in democracies.

An American Senator had the article published in the Congressional Record. He saw that moral relativism had penetrated decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court in the all-important area of freedom of expression, where it could readily undermine the moral fabric of American society. (more…)

The Arab Vote

Filed under: Electorate/DemographicsIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:24 am Edit This

Published December 26, 2000

Everyone seems to know why Israel’s security forces have refrained from using adequate force to quell the Arab uprising: fear of a bad media image and UN condemnation. Correct. But there is another and more insidious reason.

Recall that Shimon Peres lost the 1996 election because of the “Grapes of Wrath” mission in Lebanon, which prompted more than 50,000 Arabs to boycott the election. This made Benjamin Netanyahu Israel’s Prime Minister.

This, believe it or not, is one reason why the [Ehud] Barak Government has not used overwhelming force against Arabs! (more…)

The War in Numbers—IDF in Action

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 5:54 am Edit This

by Tom Carew

If the IAF flew 8,700 sorties, and even if the Lebanese claim of 497 civilians killed were true, that is still 2 dead for every 35 sorties.

A “massacre” ?
Disproportionate ? (more…)

What is Wrong With the Media?

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 12:09 am Edit This

by Francisco Gil-White

What is wrong with the media? Why can’t it report the Israeli-Lebanese conflict fairly?

A Reuters photographer doctors a photograph in order to attack the Israelis. It turns out this reporter also furnished many photos from the supposed massacre at Qana. And more.

Read article on the HIR website, Historical and Investigative Research - 8 July 2006

09-Aug-2006

A Lebanese Journalist Writes About the War

Filed under: Islam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 8:28 am Edit This

by Michael Béhé, in Beirut
(Translated from the French by Llewellyn Brown)

© Metula News Agency

The politicians, journalists and intellectuals of Lebanon have, of late, been experiencing the shock of their lives. They knew full well that Hezbollah had created an independent state in our country, a state including all the ministers and parallel institutions, duplicating those of Lebanon. What they did not know—and are discovering with this war, and what has petrified them with surprise and terror—is the extent of this phagocytosis.

In fact, our country had become an extension of Iran, and our so-called political power also served as a political and military cover for the Islamists of Teheran. (more…)

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