The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

31-Oct-2006

Shimon Peres and the Betrayal of Israel

Filed under: EthicsPoliticians — eidelberg @ 10:48 pm Edit This

[Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 30, 2006.]

Seven years ago, Prof. Wolf Perlman and I co-authored an article on Shimon Peres which we sent to the members of the Knesset before they voted a second time—the first vote ended in a draw—on who was to be Israel’s President: Peres or Moshe Katzav. If memory serves, Peres lost by one vote. We can’t be certain, but that article of ours may have been the decisive factor.

The article started with a quote from former Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett’s memoirs, Personal Diary, published in 1957. Sharrett said this of Peres: (more…)

26-Oct-2006

Caution: Another Unprincipled Politician at the Helm

Filed under: PoliticiansPARTIES & PERSONALITIES — eidelberg @ 12:00 am Edit This

Avigdor Lieberman, chairman of the Israel Beiteinu Party, has signed an agreement to join Ehud Olmert at the helm. If the deal is approved by the Knesset, Lieberman will become Vice Premier and Minister for Strategic Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office, responsible for strategic planning, working with National Security Council officials.

This power-sharing agreement required Lieberman to jettison his stated conditions for joining the government: (more…)

23-Oct-2006

The “Religion Of Peace” And What To Do About It

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 9:56 pm Edit This

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 23, 2006.]

The day after Saudi and Egyptian suicide bombers destroyed the World Trade Center, killing almost 3,000 people, President George W. Bush assured Americans that Islam is a “religion of peace.”

The British were offered the same soporific by prime minister Tony Blair after the July 7, 2005 jihadist bombings in London. The media were no different. In June 2006, after 17 Muslims were arrested in Canada on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks against the Canadian Parliament building, The Ontario Citizen blamed Islamic “extremists.” Islam itself was innocent. (more…)

22-Oct-2006

A Dangerous and Personalized System of Government

Filed under: RepresentationGOVERNMENT BRANCHESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 11:25 pm Edit This

The cabinet will soon vote on Avigdor Lieberman’s government reform bill. It is a dangerous bill tailored to Lieberman’s personal ambitions.

The chairman of Israel Beiteinu claims that his proposal for a presidential form of government is modeled after the America system. If so, I will have to trash my two books on the American Constitution and apologize to the political scientists that have either adopted or recommended these books in their courses on American government. (more…)

19-Oct-2006

A Brief Commentary on Israeli Intelligence

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIntifada & TerrorismCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 10:13 pm Edit This

On Wednesday, October 18, 2006, IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis) reported the following:

Brigadier General (Res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, who was the research chief for military intelligence until four months ago, told Hatsofeh, in an interview to be published on Friday, October 20:

“Before the withdrawal we expected weapons smuggling into the Gaza Strip, but we didn’t expect the volume. We really didn’t expect the huge quantities.”

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Heart Attack Slide Show

Filed under: OTHER — eidelberg @ 9:55 pm Edit This

Worth 45 Seconds of Your Time—
How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone

This has been around before but it’s worth seeing again….. (more…)

18-Oct-2006

Israel’s Degenerate Prime Minister

Filed under: PoliticiansDisengagementBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 3:00 am Edit This

On June 9, 2005, Ehud Olmert revealed what he is made of in a speech to the Israel Policy Forum in New York.

Israel’s government, of which he was the Vice Premier, was then in the process of preparing some 50,000 soldiers and police to implement Sharon’s plan to withdraw from Gaza and expel its 8,000 Jewish residents. Olmert told his New York audience that the withdrawal represents “a remarkable process … that will have an enormous impact on everything that will happen thereafter, in the State of Israel and in the Middle East.” (Did you hear this Messrs. Abbas and Nasrallah?) (more…)

13-Oct-2006

From Brigitte Gabriel

Filed under: Islam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 2:46 am Edit This

Brigitte Gabriel is a Lebanese-born victim and survivor of Muslim Arab terrorism. In her eye-opening book, Because They Hate (St. Martin’s Press, 2006), she reveals, from personal experience, that Islam denies the sanctity of human life. This single fact, evident in Islamic deeds and doctrine, underlies the moral and cultural conflict between original Islam—the Islam of the Koran—and the West, especially Israel and the United States. (more…)

12-Oct-2006

America Alone

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 7:17 am Edit This

URGENT
Mark Steyn, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It (Regnery, 2006), is a most important and urgently needed book. It should be read by every American—indeed, by everyone concerned about the Islamic threat to Western Civilization. (more…)

11-Oct-2006

Defining the Issue and the Enemy

Filed under: Islam & ArabUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 10:20 pm Edit This

The issue of the Second World War was Nazism versus liberal democracy. The United States rose to the challenge and, with its allies, defeated the clearly defined enemy.

The overriding issue that followed that war was Soviet Communism versus liberal democracy. The United States stayed the course and, almost alone, triumphed over that “Evil Empire.”

Today we find ourselves in a Third World War whose overriding issue is “Islamism” versus liberal democracy. Today, however, the United States is alone, the enemy has yet to be clearly defined, and it is by no means certain that the U.S. will triumph over this enemy. (more…)

10-Oct-2006

A New Dark Age

Filed under: BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:30 am Edit This

The term “Western civilization” was very much the creation of American intellectuals at the beginning of the 20th century. The term denoted the world outlook that American intellectuals shared with their European counterparts: science and the scientific conquest of nature, democratic freedom and equality, human rights and the rule of law, material abundance and unlimited progress.

And yet, hardly had the term “Western civilization” surfaced than Oswald Spengler wrote his Decline of the West (1918)! (more…)

Why Muslims and Leftists Hate Jews

Filed under: Islam & ArabJudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 12:28 am Edit This

I have before me Zeev Breir’s book Even in the Darkest Moments (2002). The book is about the Chevra Hatzalah Ambulance Service, a Jewish organization that was quite active during the darkest moments of 9/11, when Islamic suicide bombers destroyed the Twin Towers. I am going to quote and paraphrase a few passages from this book to reveal why Muslims hate Jews. Afterwards, I will explain why Leftists hate Jews.

Chevra Hatzalah, the largest volunteer ambulance service in the United States, was founded thirty years ago. (more…)

05-Oct-2006

The Decadence and Demise of England

Filed under: Islam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 10:18 pm Edit This

A week after Israel did the world the favor of getting rid of Sheikh Ahmed Yasin, the founder of Hamas and murderer of innocent children, the British House of Commons devoted a minute of silence to his memory.

Bruce Baywer elaborates on England’s decadence: “In the wake of 7/7 [the July 7, 2005 terrorist attack in London] the House of Commons, to its disgrace, went ahead and passed the noxious Racial and Religious Hatred Bill—which sought to pacify Britain by making it a crime to criticize the very radicalism that had just taken fifty-six lives. (Ironically, it took a nondemocratic body, the House of Lords, to uphold democracy by rejecting the bill.)” (more…)

IDF Soldiers

Filed under: BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:51 am Edit This

From Tom Carew of Dublin, Ireland

IDF Soldiers
Wed, Oct 4, 2006

Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10
Minutes.
He stays up for days on end.


You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
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Foundation Poll 1 (2006)

Filed under: Democratic MethodsElectorate/Demographics — eidelberg @ 5:56 am Edit This

May I ask for five minutes of your time?

The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy in Jerusalem is conducting an annual poll concerning Israel’s political institutions.

Your answers to the questions asked in this poll will be correlated with Freedom House’s 800-page volume Freedom in the World. Freedom House lists 89 countries which it classifies as “free democracies,” and of these democracies 26 are smaller in size and population than Israel. Bearing this in mind, please answer the following questions: (more…)

03-Oct-2006

Israbia

Filed under: Electorate/DemographicsIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:23 am Edit This

The Left in Europe, thanks to the complacency or cowardice of the Right, has very much succeeded in erasing Europe’s Christian identity. The same revolution is occurring in Israel. The agenda of the Left—of men like Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin, and Judge Aharon Barak—is obvious: to transform Israel into “a state of its citizens” and thereby erase its Jewish identity.

To illustrate what may become of Israel, let us examine Bruce Bawer, While Europe Slept (2006). Bawer’s findings are similar to those occurring in England, as may be seen in Melanie Phillips, Londonistan (2006). (Both authors are indebted to Bat Ye’or’s groundbreaking work, Eurabia.)

Europeans, says Bawer, are becoming dhimmies in their own countries. (more…)