The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

31-Jul-2007

The IDF: A Politician’s Army

Filed under: EthicsJudaismOslo/Peace ProcessZionism/Nationalism — eidelberg @ 4:32 am Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, July 30, 2007.

The IDF—the Israel Defense Forces—has long been known as a “citizens army.” Since December 1987, however, when the first intifada broke out, the IDF has increasingly become a politician’s army. Its primary purpose is not to protect Israel’s civilian population, but to protect the international reputation of Israeli prime ministers. These prime ministers want to be perceived as humanitarians, exercising self-restraint vis-à-vis Arab terrorists.

This, they believe, will inspire respect for themselves (and Israel) as morally superior to their enemies. Self-restraint has thus become their badge of honor and reinforces Israel’s reputation as “the only democracy in the Middle East.” Given this reputation, Public Relations preoccupy Israel’s ruling elites. (more…)

29-Jul-2007

Israeli Versus Arab Leaders

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIslam & ArabJudaism — eidelberg @ 7:27 am Edit This

Unlike many Israeli leaders, who never tire of expressing their desire for “peace,” Arab leaders profess a desire for “peace and justice.” To this extent, these Arabs seems to stand on a higher moral level than their Israeli counterparts.

Also, Arab spokesmen frequently invoke the name of G-d in their quest to gain control of “Palestine,” i.e. the Land of Israel. Even if these Arabs have murder in their hearts, their appeal to G-d sanctifies His name and thereby furthers the Arab cause vis-à-vis Israel whose current leaders are unabashed secularists, not to say atheists.

These words may disturb some readers, but they go to the heart of the Arab-Israeli conflict. (more…)

26-Jul-2007

To Save Israel

Filed under: Democratic MethodsLetters — eidelberg @ 12:39 am Edit This

An Open Letter to Uzi Landau, Former Cabinet Minister;
Yoram Ettinger, Ambassador (ret.);
William Mehlman, Publisher;
Herzl Makov, Former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Shamir;
and other signatories of the timely ads appearing in The Jerusalem Post under the heading “To All Am Israel.”

Dear Friends:

For quite some time I have urged the formation of a team of individuals representing diverse professions and sectors of Israeli society to seek and select a person possessing the courage, wisdom, and affability required to be Israel’s prime minister. (more…)

The Collapse of Pax-Americana: A Sequel

Filed under: US & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 12:29 am Edit This

Iran controls the Strait of Hormuz. Through that narrow waterway, 40% of the West’s oil flows from the Persian Gulf states of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2006, Iran undertook a simulated maneuver to take over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned: “If the Americans make the wrong move toward Iran, the shipment of energy will definitely face danger, and the Americans would not be able to protect their energy supply in the region.” Which means that not a drop of the West’s oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz. This would utterly wreck the West’s economy, including the economy of the United States.

President Bush is of course afraid to convey this information to the American people. He has thus allowed the Democratic Party to undermine his policy in Iraq.

Democracy and Deference

Filed under: BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 12:18 am Edit This

Many concerned Zionists wonder why the various non-parliamentary groups composing the nationalist camp cannot unite to form a broad-based political party, one that could readily win hundreds of thousands of floating votes. After all, polls indicate that as much as 90% of the public regards the Knesset as a mere haven for job-seekers. So what prevents the groups composing the nationalist camp from uniting behind a coherent and resolute national strategy?

A basic reason will be found in Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic, Democracy in America. (more…)

23-Jul-2007

The Collapse of Pax-Americana: What’s Next for Israel?

Filed under: US & Global PolicyUN — eidelberg @ 9:27 pm Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, July 23, 2007.

How the mighty have fallen!

1) The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 meant the end of a bipolar world. This was followed by a multipolar world, until 9/11.

2) 9/11 produced a unipolar world and the American doctrine of unilateralism. The U.S. issued a “with-us-or-against-us” foreign policy directed against any state harboring terrorists. The destruction of the Taliban in Afghanistan followed. Iraq came next, where the U.S. implemented a policy of pre-emptive attack on any enemy state developing weapons of mass destruction. But Iraq complicated matters. Destroying the regime of Saddam Hussein necessitated “regime change,” and this meant democratization—and not only of Iraq. Could the U.S establish a Pax-Americana in the Islamic Middle East? (more…)

Dead Fish

Filed under: Islam & ArabPoliticians — eidelberg @ 4:51 am Edit This

Even before the “first” intifada of December 1987, Israeli prime ministers and generals could be heard saying: “The people of Israel are tired of war, and this is why we must seek peace.” No wonder war is always on Israel’s doorstep. This statement is an incitement to war!

But what does this statement tell us about Israel’s ruling elites? On the one hand, it implies profound ignorance: that they are oblivious of the permanent dimensions of the conflict between Jews and Muslims—the religious and cultural dimensions. On the other hand, it suggests cowardice: (more…)

20-Jul-2007

What Must Be Done To Save Israel: A Sequel

Filed under: Domestic PolicyForeign PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:24 am Edit This

I have been asked to elaborate on my article “What Must Be Done To Save Israel.”

When I speak of a team of professionals forming an “alternative government,” I mean one whose projected cabinet ministers are housed in Jerusalem and are prepared to exercise political power. However, to dramatize the magnitude of Israel’s precarious situation resulting from the spineless and treacherous character of the Olmert regime, this “alternative government” must organize a “Congress of National Salvation.”

This Congress—I have a working paper for such a Congress—will be animated by one general idea: (more…)

19-Jul-2007

What Must Be Done To Save Israel

Filed under: Democratic MethodsPoliticiansCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 6:57 am Edit This

The Olmert government has surrendered to the enemy. This craven government has emasculated the IDF, which, instead of being used to defeat the enemy, will be used to expel Jews from Judea and Samaria to facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state. This is treason!

Each day Olmert remains in office brings us closer to the abyss. There is no reason to expect the full final version of the Winograd Report to bring about his resignation or induce the Knesset to vote no confidence in his government.

Ehud Barak and his Labor party will not resign from the government, and neither will Avigdor Leiberman and his Israel Beiteinu party. The same holds for Shas. Labor especially knows it will be relegated to the political wilderness, since elections will propel Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud to power.

A Netanyahu government, however, will not save Israel. (more…)

Who Will Win The Third World War: A Question of Deity

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:38 am Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, July 16, 2007.

In his classic Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville writes: “There is hardly any human action, however particular it may be, that does not originate in some very general idea men have conceived of the Deity …”

Muslim clerics make this absolutely clear In a sermon delivered at the Qabaa mosque in Al-Madina, Sheikh Abd Al-’Aziz Qari declared: “Two groups—the Jews and the Christians—are the main elements constituting the ‘Camp of Kufur’ [infidels] and will continue to be its two foundations until Allah allows their downfall and annihilation at the end of days…”

In a sermon at a Mecca mosque, Sheikh Adnan Ahmad Siyami said: (more…)

17-Jul-2007

Peres

Filed under: Politicians — eidelberg @ 6:46 am Edit This

I have stated that I totally and utterly reject [Shimon] Peres and consider his rise to prominence a malignant, immoral disgrace. I will rend my clothes in mourning for the State if I see him become a minister in the Israeli government.

Moshe Sharett, Former Israeli Prime Minister
Personal Diary (1957)

Jordan Troops in West Bank

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansDisengagement — eidelberg @ 6:37 am Edit This

Commentary on the IMRA report below.

Olmert and Jordanian troops in “West Bank”??? Netanyahu also proposed Jordanian troops in Judea and Samaria; and, as Prime Minister, Netanyahu also supplied terrorists with arms to protect Israel against terrorists!

So Netanyahu and Olmert are still mired in the mentality of Oslo—a defeatist policy that demeans the Israel Defense Forces, whose primary purpose, it seems, is to remove Jews from Jewish land. Wasn’t this the inevitable purpose of Oslo, hence of the IDF? (more…)

15-Jul-2007

The Likud and Zionism

Filed under: JudaismPARTIES & PERSONALITIES — eidelberg @ 8:37 am Edit This

Yes, Ariel Sharon turned his back on the Likud and on Zionism. Yes, he betrayed those who voted Likud in the 2003 election when he adopted Labor’s defeatist policy of disengagement. But what did Sharon or the Likud know of “Zion”?

As I have elsewhere written, “Zion is one of the most sacred words in the dictionary of authentic Judaism. It is the dwelling place of God’s glory. It is the Sanctuary of the Torah, the Holy City which surrounds it, the Holy Land of which Jerusalem is the eternal capital. From Zion, from Jerusalem, the word of God—the Truth—shall come forth. The people chosen to possess this Land were chosen to serve God, to live by His commandments, that is, to reveal the infinite wisdom, power, and graciousness of God in every domain of existence and thus be a blessing to all the families of mankind.”

Would anyone dare say the program of the Likud Party comes anywhere close to this understanding of Zion? (more…)

13-Jul-2007

The IDF: The Government’s PR Agent

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessZionism/Nationalism — eidelberg @ 6:10 am Edit This

Reflecting back on my 31 years in Israel, it seems to me the IDF has often served Israel’s government as an instrument to mislead the public in order to facilitate the government’s defeatist policy of “territory for peace.”

Before I cite the latest example, it should be noted that IDF spokesmen have repeatedly intoned the government’s mantra that there is no military solution to the problem of Arab terrorism. This means there is no alternative to territorial retreat. Indeed, if I am not mistaken, Israel’s Command and Staff College has taught the absurd doctrine that “self-restraint” is a form of strength. (more…)

11-Jul-2007

Releasing Terrorists: A Postscript

Filed under: EthicsForeign PolicyIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 5:38 am Edit This

The government’s releasing terrorists as good will gestures to Muslims and Arabs has never brought Israel or the world one step closer to peace. To the contrary, such gestures reward terrorists and therefore encourage terrorism everywhere.

The only way to deal with terrorists is to punish them—and so severely as as to discourage further acts of terror. (more…)

The Mediacracy (Updated)

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESThe Media — eidelberg @ 5:31 am Edit This
If the success of democracy depends on a well-informed public, then democracy today is an abysmal failure, thanks largely to the “mediacracy.”

The mediacracy consists of those who dominate the media, namely, Libertarians, Internationalists, Egalitarians, and (moral) Relativists. I shall refer to them by the acronym, LIERs.

A favorite pastime of the LIERs is Israel-bashing. (more…)

10-Jul-2007

Releasing Terrorists in the USA

Filed under: Constitution & RightsDemocratic Methods — eidelberg @ 5:18 am Edit This

1) In view of the Olmert Government’s decision to release 250 Arab terrorists as a “confidence building” gesture toward Mahmoud Abbas, would Americans storm the White House if Bush were to do the same—say as a confidence building gesture toward Osama Bin Laden?

2) And what might Congress do in such a matter? (more…)

On the Release of Arab Terrorists

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabJudaismIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:55 am Edit This

I found the following article by Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky in Google: “Exploring the Thought Process Involved in Releasing Terrorists in Exchange for the Freedom of … Abducted Israeli Soldiers.”

“Judaism is comprised of a complete and specific system of practical Torah, and through the Talmudic process, sweeping Divine principles are translated into practical application. One must descend from the clouds of theological inspiration, roll up one’s sleeves and tediously weigh the bits and pieces until one has ascertained that he is meticulously fulfilling God’s will in the most practical of circumstances.

“Let us take a most relevant of cases: (more…)

The “Message”

Filed under: JudaismA SOVEREIGN STATEHOODBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:33 am Edit This

This week I sent out five seemingly unrelated articles on the following subjects:

  1. The Government’s War Against Judaism

  2. An Open Letter to the Honorable Senator Joseph Lieberman

  3. In Quest of a Metapolitics

  4. What’s Wrong With Zionist Organizations?

  5. Treason

A bit too much, no? (more…)

09-Jul-2007

Treason

Filed under: EthicsPoliticians — eidelberg @ 4:33 am Edit This

TO MEMBERS OF THE KNESSET—ESPECIALLY THOSE IDENTIFIED WITH THE NATIONALIST CAMP

1) How many of you are cognizant of certain acts prohibited by the Law of Treason, namely:

  • The category of acts which “impair the [territorial] sovereignty” of the State of Israel—section 97(a) [such as the 1993 Oslo Agreement];

  • The category of acts which “impair the [territorial] integrity” of the State of Israel—section 97(b) [in which connection ponder the 2005 evacuation from Gaza and northern Samaria]; (more…)

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