The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

28-Feb-2007

George Orwell

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George Orwell (1903-1950)—novelist, journalist, and probably the greatest literary critic of the twentieth century—has been accused of anti-Semitism. In 1946 he wrote: “… the only good book God ever wrote was the Old Testament.”

Political Exaggerations

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If we contrast Israel with its Arab neighbors, it would be a gross exaggeration to regard Israel as a totalitarian state, to say nothing of former president Jimmy Carter’s malicious and mendacious reference to Israel as an apartheid state.

Not only does Israel have universal suffrage along and with periodic multi-party elections, but its Knesset or parliament has three Arab parties. What is more, the leaders of these parties advocate Israel’s demise and have even urged Israel’s Arab citizens to emulate Hezbollah.

Arab MKs such as Azmi Bishara and Talib a-Sana can even incite Arab citizens to murder Jews with impunity. (more…)

27-Feb-2007

Reflections on War and Peace

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Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, February 26, 2007.

Part I. George Orwell on Civilian Casualties

During World War II, various British citizens formed what was called a Bombing Restriction Committee. The Committee denounced the RAF’s “indiscriminate” bombing of German cities. One of the Committee’s pamphlets declared that “thousands of helpless and innocent people … are being subjected to agonizing forms of death and injury comparable to the worst tortures of the Middle Ages.” Although the author of the pamphlet wanted England to win the war, the pamphlet urged the government to stick to “legitimate” methods of war and abandon civilian bombing.

George Orwell, who deplored bloodshed, took a dim view of the Bombing Restriction Committee. (more…)

21-Feb-2007

Why Israel is Losing the War for Its Survival

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A Message from Yamin Israel

In fighting against Arab terrorists, the reluctance of Israel’s political elites to cause civilian casualties is usually attributed to their humanitarianism and/or to their fear of adverse world opinion. More significant is this: the leaders of a nation don’t have scruples when they are fighting for a cause they believe in.

A Tissue of Lies

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A Postscript to Two Recent Articles

In his February 15, 2007 paper, “The Illusion of ‘Peace in Exchange for Territories,’” Dr. Mordechai Kedar of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies concludes: “The Arab demand for a return of all Palestinian refugees to pre-1967 Israel remains the core of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and this demand disguises Arab intentions to destroy Israel.”

Dr. Kedar’s conclusion substantiates two articles of mine: “The Futility of Negotiating with Muslims” and “Organized Lying,” both written earlier this month. Let me clarify what is at stake here. (more…)

20-Feb-2007

The Cultural Left: Islam’s Ally

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This report correlates certain thoughts of George Orwell (elaborated in his World War II letters and essays), and the recently published book by Dinesh D’Souza, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11.

During World War II, American-born William Joyce, known as Lord Haw-Haw, became a Nazi propaganda broadcaster to England. His job was to undermine English morale. Joyce had allies among England’s leftwing intellectuals, who hated Churchill, just like their American counterparts hate George W. Bush. The British eventually captured Haw-Haw and executed him for treason.

More recently, an American convert to Islam, Adam Gadahn, became an English-language propagandist for al-Qaeda. (more…)

Organized Lying

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We expect politicians to lie—some more than others. We expect politicians to lie especially in wartime. That’s when lying becomes organized. It seems to me, however, that organized lying in Israel exists on a scale never before known.

I know of no Jewish member of the Knesset that does not lie habitually about peace or the possibility of peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims. Never mind the blatant fact that Muslims cannot even live in peace with each other. The “politics of peace,” which means lying about peace, is the alpha and omega of Israeli foreign policy. (more…)

16-Feb-2007

An Important Message About the Radical Left

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Those protesting against American military involvement in Iraq are objectively pro-terrorist (regardless of any antipathy they may feel toward terrorism). Withdrawal of US forces from Iraq cannot but aid the Arab insurgents and constitute a victory for their primary supporter, Iran.

(Let us recall that the pacifists in England who opposed English involvement in World War II were objectively pro-Nazi or pro-Fascist whatever subjective antipathy they may have had toward Nazism or Fascism.) (more…)

How Corruption Led to the Oslo Agreement

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This article is indebted to the research of Attorney Howard Grief.

As is fairly well known, the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles of September 13, 1993, known as the Oslo Agreement, has produced a litany of personal tragedies and national disasters. Suffice to mention the following:

  • the murder of some 1,600 Jewish women, men, and children by PLO-Palestinian Arab terrorists;

  • the wounding and maiming of some 6,000 more Jews by these terrorists;

  • (more…)

08-Feb-2007

Why the Knesset Tolerates Judicial Imperialism—Postscript

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The Knesset has welcomed the appointment of Supreme Court critic Prof. Daniel Friedman as justice minister. The members of the Knesset will now have their cake and as well as the icing. They see in Prof. Friedman’s appointment two things favorable to their own prerogatives:

  1. a person who has been very critical of the Court’s usurpation of the Knesset’s legislative powers; and

  2. a person whose secular, leftwing orientation is consistent with the Knesset’s own political orientation—the orientation of the Establishment.

Although Prof. Friedman’s appointment is favorable to the rule of law that has been violated by Israel’s juristocracy, it still remains for the Knesset to amend Basic Law: Judiciary to curb the Court and restore a proper division of power between the judicial and legislative branches of government. Let us hope that the new minister of justice will be able to facilitate this objective.

06-Feb-2007

Why the Knesset Tolerates Judicial Imperialism

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Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, February 5, 2007.

Part I

At the risk of offending religious people, I am going to argue in Part II of this essay that Israel’s religious parties have unwittingly contributed to judicial imperialism and the secularization of Israeli society. However, to defend this conclusion, I must set forth, in Part I, statements made by eminent Israelis who have denounced the Supreme Court for exceeding its lawful powers and endangering the democratic as well as Jewish character of the State.

Former President of Israel, the late Chaim Herzog: “In a democracy, according to [Justice Aharon] Barak, the courts are placed above the Government. In my humble opinion, this approach endangers, in certain cases, the very basis of democracy.” (more…)

Backward Muslims and Stultified Israelis

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To begin to understand why Muslims are backward, consider this passage from G. E. Von Grunebaum’s Modern Islam (1962):

It is essential to realize that Muslim civilization is a cultural entity that does not share our [Western] primary aspirations. It is not vitally interested in analytical self-understanding, and it is even less interested in the structural study of other cultures, either as an end in itself or as a means of a clearer understanding of its own character and history.

Bernard Lewis’ essay, “The Roots of Muslim Rage” (1990), not only portrays Islam’s profound hatred of the West, but its overweening arrogance and utter contempt for Western civilization. (more…)

05-Feb-2007

An Unreliable Alliance

Speaking before a gathering of the National Religious Party (NRP) activists, Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu lent some credence to rumors of a potential alliance of the Likud and the NRP-National Union (NU) Knesset factions.

Mr. Netanyahu is quoted as saying: “We firmly believe in the triangle [connecting] the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah of Israel… That is a clear point of agreement; that must be the platform of the next government, so that it will form the basis for the value system of every boy and girl in Israel, which will withstand great storms.” (Emphasis added) (more…)

04-Feb-2007

Stand Up to Ahmadinejad

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From Alex Zelczer

I just signed the petition “Stand Up to Ahmadinejad” at aish.com.

It calls on the international community to indict Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for incitement to commit genocide. (more…)

02-Feb-2007

A Matter of Courage

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While the Arabs who call themselves “Palestinians” volunteer to fight alongside their Iraqi kinsmen, President George Bush repeatedly proclaims his commitment to a Palestinian state.

Apparently, it matters not to Mr. Bush that these “Palestinians” are killing American soldiers. More important than the lives of these Americans, or so it seems, is Mr. Bush’s commitment to a Palestinian state. (more…)

Beyond the Politics of Stagnation

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, January 29, 2007.

A. Introduction

  1. Unless Prime Minister Olmert is indicted for alleged crimes, he’s going to hold on to his job as if it were a life raft. Nevertheless, suppose the government falls in a few months. What then?

  2. Many feel that the only eligible prime minister is Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu is certainly preferable to Olmert. He’s articulate, well-informed, and appears like a statesman. But remember these facts: (more…)