The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

28-Dec-2006

Outline of A Jewish National Strategy

Filed under: Constitution & RightsGOVERNMENT BRANCHESBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 4:30 am Edit This

No great wisdom is required to enumerate the axiomatic requirements of a Jewish national strategy. Only needed is candor and courage. These axiomatic requirements are:

  1. Public affirmation that Israel is the Commonwealth of the Jewish People.

  2. Public affirmation that such a Commonwealth must be based on Jewish principles and values. (more…)

Olmert’s Cease-Fire Policy

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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s cease-fire policy is precisely that: Israelis cease while Arabs fire. How are we to understand this absurdity?

I contend that Olmert, in addition to being an idiot, is complicit in murder. His cease-fire policy—it’s also called “self-restraint”—allows Arab terrorists to fire missiles at Jewish communities and kill Jews with impunity. But this touches only the surface of things. (more…)

26-Dec-2006

Knowing WHY Israel is Disintegrating is the First Step Toward Its Salvation: Part I

Filed under: Democratic MethodsJudaismZionism/NationalismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:14 am Edit This

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, December 25, 2006.]

Israel is disintegrating. The basic causes of this disintegration may be listed under four headings: (1) disunity resulting from a lack of Jewish statesmanship and Jewish national purpose; (2) disunity resulting from a flawed system of government; (3) disunity resulting from excessive cultural heterogeneity; (4) disunity resulting from secular-religious discord.

Underlying each of these causes is a more fundamental one: a modern conception of democracy that clashes with Judaism and makes it impossible to achieve the national unity required for Israel’s survival. (more…)

22-Dec-2006

A Perfidious Ruling of Israel’s Supreme Court

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On December 12, 2006, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that Palestinian residents of the “West Bank” and Gaza could file lawsuits against Israel for damages incurred in IDF operations, provided that the operations in question did not take place as part of a clearly defined “war.”

The court ignored or trivialized the fact that the elected leaders of these Palestinians, consistent with their PLO Constitution, are explicitly waging a relentless war against Israel. (more…)

21-Dec-2006

On Exaggeration

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Some readers of my article “Russia and Israel” may think I exaggerate. I would only like to remind them of the wisdom of the 20th century Spanish philosopher, Ortega y Gasset: “You can’t say anything of significance without exaggeration.”

20-Dec-2006

Russia and Israel

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My primary source for this article is an essay appearing in Theodore Dalrymple, Our Culture, What’s Left of It (2005). Dalrymple has been called the George Orwell and Edmund Burke of our age.

In his essay “How to Read a Society,” Dalrymple discusses Astolphe de Custine’s book, La Russe en 1839, which Alexander Herzen deemed the best ever written on the subject and lamented that only a foreigner could have written.

Custine was a younger contemporary of Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville’s classic, Democracy in America, was published in 1835, just before Custine visited Russia. (more…)

13-Dec-2006

Israel’s Virtual Idiots

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Israelis have found that the Hebrew word for “fools,” tipshim, does not quite describe Israel’s political leaders. Hence they have Hebraicized and pluralized the word idiot and now call these politicians “idiotim.” Of course they mean virtual idiots.

This is pretty much the assessment of Jerusalem Post analyst Caroline Glick in her column of December 12. She recalls the unremitting collaboration of UNIFIL with Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as the refusal of in-place European forces “to lift a finger to prevent or even protest the massive, illicit inundation of Gaza with Iranian weaponry transiting through Egypt.” (more…)

10-Dec-2006

How Not To Read Me

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Some superficial readers construed the closing paragraph of my “Kudos for Caroline” as symptomatic of “defeatism” because, after elaborating on Ms. Glick’s calling for a popular uprising, and seeming to negate the efficacy of such a proposal, I conclude by saying:

You want a positive recommendation? Pray! That’s the only recommendation I can make that precludes the typical response to my positive proposals: “We don’t have enough time.(more…)

Time

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1) To paraphrase, in part, Rabbi Matis Weinberg (Patterns in Time), to the non-Jewish world, time is a linear flow without relation to anything external. No instant of time is truly connected to any other, or every instant of time is the same as any other instant of time. This is the position of Sir Isaac Newton in his Principia Mathematica: “Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself and from its own nature, flows equably without relation to any thing external …”

2) Therefore, in the world of common sense, what assigns placement in time is any repeating phenomenon, be it a clock of a pendulum, or (as in the Torah) perceived changes in sun and moon. (more…)

Kudos for Caroline

Filed under: Democratic MethodsThe DiasporaBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:28 am Edit This

Our gallant and gifted political analyst, Caroline Glick, Deputy Managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, has called for a popular uprising against the Olmert government. Her December 8, 2006 article “Jews Wake Up!” focuses on the existential threat looming over Israel by Iran’s nuclear development, which may yield nuclear weapons as early as March 2007, four months away.

What is more, some experts say that Iran, given the increasing range of its missiles, may soon have the ability to nuke European and even American cities! Hence Glick is all the more dismayed by the statement of incoming Secretary of Defense Robert Gates that the U.S. cannot guarantee that Iran will not attack Israel with nuclear weapons. (more…)

08-Dec-2006

Gerald Ford in Israel

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Remember Gerald Ford? It seems he’ll go down in history as the president who couldn’t chew gum and walk a straight line as the same time.

But this pretty much describes many of Israel’s most intelligent and patriotic citizens, especially those who justifiably want to depose Ehud Olmert and prevent any expulsion of Jews from Judea and Samaria.

One does not have to be a genius to see that Olmert is the most inept prime minister in Israel’s history, and that his persistence in “unilateral disengagement” may lead to Israel’s demise. Still, the present writer asks: (more…)

05-Dec-2006

Is The PM Suffering From A Mental Disorder?

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansDisengagementBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:38 am Edit This

[Transcript of the “Eidelberg Report,” Israel National Radio, December 4, 2006.]

In my book Demophrenia, published in 1994, I mention various symptoms of schizophrenia, such as delusions of grandeur, escapism, illogical thoughts, stereotypic behaviors, flattened emotional reactions, and impaired volition. These symptoms obviously exist on a continuum with normal behavior. A World Health Organization study concludes that “schizophrenics, for all their vulnerabilities, are in the full sense responsive social beings like the rest of us.” Still, these “vulnerabilities” result in bizarre behavior, as may be seen in innumerable democratic politicians, including certain Israeli prime ministers.

In saying this, my purpose is not to denigrate them, for their mentality has been conditioned by the democratic mentality of the present era. Instead, I want to warn Israel that the most important political behaviors and policies of their political elites are irrational and destructive. (more…)