The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

31-Oct-2007

Israeli Governments Have Betrayed the People: A New Kind of Leadership is Urgently Needed

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticians — eidelberg @ 6:59 am Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 19, 2007.

It has been said a people gets the government it deserves. Did Israel deserve the Likud-led government of Ariel Sharon when he betrayed the nation by adopting Labor’s “unilateral disengagement” policy, a policy rejected by a vast majority of the public in the January 2003 election?

Quoted by Middle East expert Daniel Pipes, Sharon had warned the nation that “unilateral withdrawal is not a recipe for peace. It is a recipe for war.” Therefore, Pipes denounces Sharon for adopting Labor’s policy of withdrawing from Gaza. Sharon, says, Pipes, is guilty of “reneging on his promises, betraying his supporters, and inflicting lasting damage on Israeli public life.”

Israel did not deserve a turncoat prime minister like Ariel Sharon. Nor does Israel deserve the Kadima prime minister of Ehud Olmert, who is nothing but a shadow of his comatose predecessor. (more…)

23-Oct-2007

Knesset Against Annapolis

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Israel’s Knesset Votes Against Annapolis

More than half the Knesset members from both the Opposition and Coalition factions have signed a petition against Olmert’s plan to give away parts of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority. The document rejects this unlawful plot to relinquish Israel’s sovereignty over the Old City—the city holy to Jews throughout the world and to Christians everywhere who abhor the prospect of Muslim sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem.

The Knesset is of course the supreme law-making branch of the State of Israel. (more…)

22-Oct-2007

Some Principles of Statecraft: How To Think About “Annapolis”

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 9:03 pm Edit This

The Camp David formula “land for peace,” the basis of the forthcoming Annapolis Summit, is rooted in an erroneous and fatal assumption. That certain Arab leaders agree to negotiate with Israel on the basis of this formula has induced politicians in Israel and abroad to regard such Arabs as “moderates.” This assumption stands in striking contrast to principles of statecraft enunciated by Prince Metternich, the great 19th century Austrian statesman on whom Henry Kissinger wrote his doctoral dissertation.

According to Metternich, “to base one’s conduct in an important undertaking on faith in the moderation of one of the contracting parties is asking for trouble … to build on air, to gamble the future on one throw.” This faith animated Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin, the architects of the disastrous Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of 1993. The same faith animates Benjamin Netanyahu’s insistence on “reciprocity” when dealing with Arab leaders. It was this historically unfounded faith that led him to sign the Wye River Memorandum, which surrendered large areas of Judea and Samaria to Yasser Arafat—a major step toward an Arab Palestinian state. (more…)

Motion of No-Confidence in Israel

Filed under: PetitionsThe DiasporaCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 8:37 am Edit This

A message from Francisco Gil-White.

Dear readers,

You have been examining our articles and our documentation [on HIR: Historical and Investigative Research]. You have become familiar with our doomsday scenario concerning the future of Israel, and the danger to the entire West if the forces of Jihadism and revived Nazism are allowed to destroy the Jewish State. Many of you have asked me: “What can we do?” Here is something that we can all do.

Chaim Wolfowicz, a citizen of Israel, created strongisrael.org in order to give Israeli patriots, and their allies all over the world, an opportunity to express their disapproval with the Government of Israel. This government is planning to expel the Jews of Judea and Samaria (‘West Bank’) and give these militarily strategic territories to PLO/Fatah, an organization tracing its roots to the German Nazi Final Solution and committed to seeing it through, as we have documented here: http://www.hirhome.com/israel/pal_mov4.htm (more…)

Miracle

Filed under: JudaismOTHER — eidelberg @ 7:32 am Edit This

This article is about Rav Yitzchok Dovid Grossman. The man is amazing.—P.E.

A year has passed [since the Second Lebanon War] but First Lieutenant M. has not forgotten about the activities of  Migdal Ohr and his eye-opening experiences there. Translated from Hebrew.

A Light in the Darkness of War

by Shula Weissfer

“I remember the two weeks of near face-to-face combat, the confused orders and insufficient combat gear, the intense hunger, physical and emotional exhaustion and toughest of all, the self-imposed silence and disassociation with our surroundings. “Now is not the right time to complain, but when it is over,” we thought to ourselves, “when the air raid sirens stop and we are out of these fatigues, we can talk and the truth will be known.”

When the news came that we were receiving a day off, our hearts soared. We suffered so much stress and hardship. Where would we go? How should we take full advantage of this gift? (more…)

21-Oct-2007

Stopping Munich 2

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 10:15 pm Edit This

How to Persuade Bibi

A group of eminent people—including former Likud Cabinet Ministers Uzi Landau and Moshe Arens—should confront Netanyahu and politely suggest that if he does not issue a public statement to the effect that “a Likud-led government will not abide by any agreement that compromises the security of Israel,” he will lose their support.

Note: During the Likud national convention that elected Netanyahu party chairman in 1992, Mr. Landau posed such a resolution, which Netanyahu rejected on the fallacious grounds that a democracy must abide by its agreements. As for Mr. Arens, he voted against the first Camp David Accord.

Netanyahu Can Stop Munich 2

Filed under: Democratic MethodsEthicsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 8:45 am Edit This

STOP THE BETRAYAL OF ISRAEL!

There is a simple way to prevent another Munich at the forthcoming Annapolis Conference:

Contact MK Benjamin Netanyahu [see below] and urge him to issue the following statement:

“No Likud-led government will be bound by any agreement issuing from the forthcoming Annapolis Conference, or from any conference, that compromises the security of the Jewish State of Israel.”

(more…)

19-Oct-2007

A Jewish Philosophy of History—Updated & Revised

Filed under: JudaismPublications — eidelberg @ 6:43 am Edit This

Lightcatcher Books proudly announces the publication of Paul Eidelberg’s magnum opus A Jewish Philosophy of History: Israel’s Degradation and Redemption (Updated & Revised), which unites three disciplines—politics, philosophy, and science—in reader-friendly language.

Since its first printing in 2004, dramatic events have occurred in the world which further confirm Israel’s current degradation, but which also point to Israel’s ultimate redemption. (more…)

The Pathology of Democracy

Filed under: Democratic MethodsEthics — eidelberg @ 6:22 am Edit This

Based on my book A Jewish Philosophy of History: Israel’s Degradation & Redemption.

In this essay I am going to show that democracy contains the seed of a mental disorder which, once understood, will explain Israel’s insane and suicidal policy of “territory for peace.”

In his classic Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville shows that equality, more than freedom, is the quintessential principle of democratic societies. By equality he means more than political and social equality. So pervasive is the principle of equality in democratic societies that it invades the intellect and renders all opinions of “good” and “bad,” “right” and “wrong” or all lifestyles equal. This is moral relativism.

Of the various forms of moral relativism I shall speak only of “positivism” or the “emotive theory of values.” It goes like this: (more…)

17-Oct-2007

Campaign to Save Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 11:46 pm Edit This

Courtesy of Israpundit.

October 12, 2007
By Elyakim Haetzni

“If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem…”

The Quartet, into whose hands Sharon and his government entrusted our destiny, convened in New York to ensure that the conference—obliquely referred to as “the Peace Conference” by the hostile Israeli media—will force Israel to assume irrevocable legal and international obligations that nullify our rights to the heritage of our forefathers in the Land of Israel. This goal is to be attained, in diametrical opposition to the conditions stipulated even in the pernicious Roadmap, by reversing the order of these conditions. First, the establishment of a Palestinian State as an irreversible political fact, and then, “Inshallah”, this Palestinian State will dismantle the terrorist organizations (Abu-Mazen will dissolve the Hamas in Gaza!…), collect their arms etc., etc. etc.

At this second Munich in Annapolis, Olmert intends to establish a Palestinian State regardless of the fact that there has been no cessation in the Kassams launched from Gaza, that the bomb belts keep finding their way to Tel-Aviv, and that battles rage in the areas surrounding the Gaza Strip and within Judah and the Shomron. The conference will continue to pursue its agenda, impervious to the non-stop flow of arms through the southern border, breached thanks to the disengagement. The USA’s Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, too, who does not even bother hiding her unreserved identification with the Arabs, visits Israel for the purpose of ensuring that the Palestinian entrapment will be irremediable.

Do not buy the illusion that the conference is not a serious matter, and “nothing will come out of it”. (more…)

16-Oct-2007

A Conspiracy of Silence

Filed under: Democratic MethodsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 5:02 am Edit This

Two 3-day conferences sponsored by reputedly right-wing elements in Israel were held in Jerusalem, one in October 2003, the other in March 2004. Scores of VIPs from Israel and from abroad spoke at these conferences; and yet, concerning the one thing needful, there was a conspiracy of silence.

They spoke of the disastrous consequences of Oslo. They spoke of Arab terrorism and of the government’s intermittent and feeble response. They spoke of the lack of an organized manner for making government decisions. They spoke of the government’s self-abasement when dealing with the United States. They spoke of how the people of Israel are misled by the reports of their own ignorant, left-leaning journalists in Washington. They spoke of Prime Minister Sharon’s plan to uproot tens of thousands of Jews in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. They spoke and they spoke and they spoke, and yet they were silent about the one thing needful. (more…)

15-Oct-2007

How to Begin Thinking About the Annapolis Summit

Filed under: Islam & ArabOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 4:30 am Edit This

Some 1,000 wars have occurred in Western Europe (including Greece and Rome) during the past 2,500 years. The world associated with Western civilization has thus experienced, on an average, one war every two-and-a-half years! It follows that war is the norm of international relations, hence, that what is called peace is little more than a preparation for war. It also follows that treaties of peace may be worse than worthless.

This is the conclusion of Lawrence Beilenson’s book The Treaty Trap (1969). After studying every peace treaty going back to early Roman times, Beilenson concludes that treaties are made to be broken. Moreover—and of special significance for Israel—he shows that treaties for guaranteeing the territorial integrity of a nation are useless to the guaranteed nation, and worse than useless insofar as they engender a false sense of security. Such treaties can only benefit nations governed by rulers intending to violate them whenever expedient.

There are crucial lessons to be drawn from these facts, especially for Israel confronted by Arab or Muslim autocracies. (more…)

12-Oct-2007

America’s Failure to Honor Its Guarantees

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 8:43 am Edit This
A Summary of “Should America Guarantee Israel’s Safety?” by Dr. Irving Moskowitz (1993)

Prepared by Helen Freedman, Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel

VIETNAM

1954 — SEATO (Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty and Protocol) to protect South Vietnam from Communist North Vietnam was signed November 14, 1972. President Richard Nixon “guaranteed” U.S. retaliatory action if necessary, if the settlement was violated by the North Vietnamese. The guarantees failed.

1973 — U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and Communist takeover.

 

TAIWAN

1976 — President Jimmy Carter: “We are bound by a treaty to guarantee the freedom of Formosa, Taiwan, the Republic of China.” The treaty was the 1954 U.S.-Republic of China Mutual Defense Treaty signed under President Dwight Eisenhower.

December 15, 1978 — Treaty reversed when Carter announced the end of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and extended full recognition of Red China. (more…)

11-Oct-2007

Netanyahu’s Position on a Palestinian State

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticians — eidelberg @ 7:44 am Edit This

Nine years ago, on October 13, 1998, then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed his position on negotiating with the Palestinian Authority, then led by Yasser Arafat. On that day he presented a list of Israeli demands to his Cabinet. They include the following (with my comments in brackets):

(1) Any agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) should encompass all subjects up for negotiation and not just a partial Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. Any redeployment should be in stages so that Israel can verify at each stage that the Palestinian side is fulfilling its commitments. [This suggests that Netanyahu accepts, in principle, the establishment of a Palestinian state.]

(2) The PA must act “systematically and concretely against terrorism” by arresting suspects and detaining them in prison. [This is equivalent to demanding Arab thugs to cease behaving like thugs.] (more…)

09-Oct-2007

Martial versus Democratic Diplomacy: Part II

Filed under: Democratic MethodsForeign PolicyIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 3:18 am Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 8, 2007.

A Primer on Diplomacy

Back in 1978, while negotiations were going on between Israel and Egypt, I published a “Primer on Diplomacy” in the hope it would somehow influence Israel’s ruling elites. Of course it did not—otherwise Israel would not be going to Annapolis. Nevertheless, just as Bogart said, “Sing it again, Sam,” I’m obliged to voice the same message to Israeli diplomats today:

A study of autocratic regimes reveals that their methods of negotiating with democracies differ significantly with those they employ with other autocracies. Contrary to appearances, authoritarian politicians are not necessarily less politicians. Of course, they are less amenable to compromise with democratic politicians, but only because they usually don’t have to! Their “stall and threaten” technique when dealing with democracies works well for them; it does not work well when dealing with fellow dictators, and is seldom used for that reason.

Hence it is not only the character of dictatorships, but the cunning of dictators that produces the kind of negotiating tactics we always seem to experience; his tactics depend not only on his system of government, but on the tendencies of our own. (more…)

08-Oct-2007

A Matter of Honor

Filed under: EthicsIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 4:39 am Edit This

In The True Believer, Eric Hoffer, that extraordinary student of human nature, writes: “…no one can be honorable unless he honors mankind.”

From this maxim it logically follows that no devout Muslim is honorable! Is it not the case that throughout Islamic history Muslims have despised non-Muslims or infidels, especially Jews, whom Islamic texts portray as “pigs and dogs”? No wonder Muslims are the world’s leading terrorists. No wonder they use human bombs to reduce Jews, and now Americans, to body parts!

There is a cruel irony here. Honor is of supreme value in Arab-Islamic culture. And yet, no Arab or Muslim can be honorable according to Hoffer’s maxim! (more…)

The Israel-US-Arab Nov. 2007 Conference

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 4:23 am Edit This

Courtesy of Ynetnews.

Blind to the danger

Former Sharon advisor’s endorsement of [the Nov. 2007] peace conference cause for grave concern

Dr. Martin Sherman
October 1, 2007

In a recent article, Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s former bureau chief and senior adviser, provided a very upbeat assessment of the upcoming November conference near Washington on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. It is an article that should give the citizens of this country cause for grave concern regarding either the integrity or the intellect of those charged—past and present—with molding the future of the country [emphasis added] ….

In order to understand the basis of such a severe indictment of an individual, who until recently held a position of tremendous influence, and even today has ample access to senior policy-makers, two things should be kept in mind: One is the significance of the substantive measures Israel will be undoubtedly called to make in the forthcoming conference devoted to promoting implementation of the Road Map. (more…)

07-Oct-2007

Patrons of Terror and the Myth of Israeli Democracy

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:44 am Edit This

The root cause of terrorism is simply this: Arab or Muslim terrorists are patronized, more precisely, they are rewarded for killing and maiming innocent human beings! But what kind of regime would reward such monsters?

Alan Dershowitz writes: “Every single root cause associated with terrorism has existed for centuries, and the vast majority of groups with equivalent or more compelling causes—and with greater poverty—have never resorted to terrorism.”

Since the inception of Islam some 1,400 years ago, Muslims have slaughtered over 200 million “infidels.” This mania for murder—it’s called “jihad”—is a basic religious imperative and stands by itself as a sufficient cause of Islamic terrorism. (more…)

02-Oct-2007

Martial versus Democratic Diplomacy: Part I

Filed under: Islam & ArabIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 11:42 pm Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 1, 2007.

Even before Anwar Sadat arrived in Jerusalem on November 19, 1977, I warned the government that it was letting the fox into the chicken coop. The day before Prime Minister Begin left for the September 1978 Camp David Summit with Sadat and President Jimmy Carter, I warned him face-to-face that Sadat was pursuing a peace-and-war strategy.

In December 1978, three months before Begin signed the March 1979 Israel-Egyptian peace treaty in Washington, the Hebrew version of my book Sadat’s Strategy appeared. The book contained an essay on the almost unknown subject of “martial versus democratic diplomacy.” Two weeks before the treaty was signed, I was in the US lecturing around the country warning people about Sadat’s strategy. A few months ago, Daniel Pipes, who supported that treaty, admitted it was a failure: Egypt was not really committed to peace. (more…)

Urgent Message from Dr. Steve Carol

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessThe Diaspora — eidelberg @ 1:39 am Edit This

I am happy to endorse Dr. Carol’s message, indeed, year after year I have conveyed the same basic message to Jewish and Zionist organizations in America. Dr. Carol wants these organizations to not only to speak up and loudly denounce the Munich/appeasement policy of Israel’s government, but to withhold support for this government. He writes:

The organizations should include the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress, AIPAC, ZOA, and any religious umbrella organization (e.g. United Reform Movement), etc.

What to say—“The time for silent acquiescence to the suicidal course of the Israeli government has come to an end. Israel and the Diaspora are inexorably intertwined (like a Havdalah candle). What happens to Israel will directly impact on all Jews globally. If Israel falls, anti-Semitism will rear its ugly head in a new wave that will make all previous waves in history, seem as if they were picnics”!! (more…)