The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

06-Jun-2006

Let Us Not Sit By Idly!

Filed under: Domestic PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 5:58 am

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-נא עזרו לנו להפיץ את המידע המצורף להכי הרבה אנשים-תודה


ביום שישי הקרוב, י”ג בסיוון תשס”ו, 9/6/06
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11-May-2006

In Defense of Intolerance

Filed under: Domestic PolicyElectorate/DemographicsIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:24 am

According to a study of the Israel Democracy Institute, 62% of Israeli Jews would like to see the government actively encourage Arabs to leave Israel. Professor Arian Asher of the IDI said that this statistic indicates a “general lack of tolerance of Israeli Jews toward Israeli Arabs.” He concludes that “Israeli democracy has not developed a strong sense of egalitarianism and community” (The Jerusalem Post, May 10).

The IDI findings were deplored even by Avigdor Lieberman’s reputedly right-wing Israel Beiteinu party—a party that advocated revoking the citizenship of Israelis who do not pledge allegiance to the state. (more…)

13-Mar-2006

A Purim Proposal Updated

Filed under: Domestic PolicyIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 10:38 pm

Countless Jews complain about the ineptitude of Israeli governments, whether headed by the Likud, its rubbish, Kadima, or by the Labor Party. Hence the present writer, having made an exhaustive study of Israel and its Jewish politicians, and having examined the agendas of America’s leading Zionist organizations, hereby confidently offers the only possible solution to Israel’s decrepit and perilous state of affairs. I propose that the people of Israel hire Gentiles to run their Government!

Preposterous you say? (more…)

01-Mar-2006

Why Vote for Hazit—The Jewish National Alliance

Filed under: Domestic PolicyYamin Israel Party — eidelberg @ 9:14 pm

Security

  • We alone propose abrogation of the Oslo covenant of death.
  • We alone oppose territorial compromise with Hitlerian Arabs.
  • (more…)

16-Feb-2006

The Hazit Loyalty Oath

Filed under: Domestic PolicyYamin Israel Party — eidelberg @ 6:15 am

A. The Jewish National Alliance (Hazit), has adopted a loyalty oath formulated by its partner, the Yamin Israel Party. The present writer drafted this loyalty oath several years ago. I have updated some of its provisions in view of the ascendancy of Hamas and its claim to represent the Arab citizens of Israel.

B. The necessity of a loyalty oath for all citizens of the State of Israel is justified by the following facts:

  1. Studies indicate that most Arab citizens of Israel identify themselves as “Palestinians.”
  2. (more…)

13-Jan-2005

Death of a City

Filed under: Domestic PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 6:04 am

Although he lived some 2,500 years ago, one can learn much from the Greek historian Hieronymus.

Perhaps no chapter of his history of the ancient Mediterranean world is more interesting than that which discusses Aleris, a city of high culture. Located on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean, Aleris preceded Athens in the arts and sciences, as well as in commerce and agriculture. Hieronymus claims that descendants of exiled Aleri citizens, who had settled in Athens, were the originators of Greek philosophy.

Be this as it may, Aleris was the envy of the Mediterranean. The city often found itself at war with other cities (or city-states). But such was the undaunted courage of her citizens and the advanced state of her military arts, that Aleris readily defeated her enemies on the battlefield. (more…)

01-Jan-2002

Co-optation

Filed under: Domestic PolicyIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 11:41 pm

Co-optation, i.e., admitting “outsiders” into the ruling group or Establishment to prevent their becoming revolutionaries, is a technique recommended by Aristotle and practiced to perfection by Great Britain. Even before the nineteenth century, England’s landed aristocracy facilitated the entry into parliament of members of the ascending commercial class, which subsequently co-opted leaders of the rising working class. Hence England’s “bloodless revolution.”

This sort of thing may be seen in America. Blacks and now Hispanics are routinely co-opted into all branches of the federal, state, and municipal governments. As a consequence, these minorities, or their most prominent representatives, have a vested interest in preserving the regime that accords them the honors and perquisites of power.

Can such co-optation of Arabs work in Israel? (more…)

Why the People are Confused

Filed under: Domestic PolicyIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 10:34 pm

A Dahaf poll of 9 August 2002 reports the following:

Asked, “Is Ariel Sharon a reliable prime minister?”—63% of Israelis say YES. Asked, “Do you count on Sharon to successfully lead the nation?”—57% say YES. Asked, “What grade do you give to the performance of Sharon as prime minister?”—63% say GOOD.

Yet, when asked, “Does Sharon have a diplomatic program?”—only 36% say YES, while 55% say NO!

To compound this confused state of mind, asked “Does the Sharon Government know how to wipe out terrorism?”—only 36% say YES, while 60% say No! (more…)

The Jewish State and the Law of Return

Filed under: Domestic PolicyJudaism — eidelberg @ 3:46 pm

by Eleonora Poltinnikova-Shifrin

Ironically, the one law that was intended to make Israel a Jewish state is now undermining its Jewishness! That law, of course, is the Law of Return.

What makes this law subversive is the 1970 amendment known as the “grandfather clause”, according to which “the rights of a Jew… are also bestowed on a [non-Jewish] child and grand-child of a Jew”.

This allows hundreds of thousands of non-Jewish immigrants not only to enter Israel legally, but also to receive all the rights of Jews. Such immigrants immediately become full-fledged citizens with the right to vote and to receive the same financial benefits as Jewish olim. (more…)

Policy Papers - An International Jewish Parliament

Filed under: Domestic PolicyJudaismKnesset/LegislativeIsrael’s Sovereignty Papers — admin @ 2:09 pm

An International Jewish Parliament Versus The Jerusalem Summit
Professor Paul Eidelberg

Back in April 1996, the newly established Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, recognizing the demoralized state of affairs in Israel, cognizant of the fragmented and inept character of Israel’s system of government, and seeing that Israel’s political elites were trapped in the impossible policy of “territory for peace”—a policy that is undermining not only Israel but even world Jewry, proposed the establishment of an International Jewish Parliament. (more…)

Policy Papers - Jewish National Agenda

Filed under: Domestic PolicyElectorate/DemographicsIslam & ArabJudaismKnesset/Legislative Papers — admin @ 2:05 pm

A Jewish National Agenda
Professor Paul Eidelberg

A. Parliamentary Electoral Reform

As indicated in the previous article, statesmanship requires (1) well-educated statesmen, (2) a well-disposed people, and (3) well-designed political institutions. It will be obvious that of these prerequisites, indeed, of all the various elements of political life, the easiest to change are election rules. (more…)

Policy Papers - Making Votes Count

Filed under: Domestic PolicyElectorate/Demographics Papers — admin @ 2:01 pm

Making Votes Count - They Don’t in Israel
Professor Paul Eidelberg

Introduction

Making Votes Count is the title of a book by Gary Cox, a leading expert on electoral systems.[1] Here I shall try to simplify his mathematically oriented research by paraphrasing and reorganizing statements scattered throughout his study of 77 countries listed by Freedom House as having democratic elections (circa 1992). (more…)

Policy Papers - A National Camp

Israel’s Problem, and Getting Back to a National Camp
A WORKING PAPER PREPARED BY THE FOUNDATION FOR CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY

PART I. DIAGNOSIS OF ISRAEL’S MALAISE

1. In 1992, two Arab parties with five Knesset seats made the Rabin Government and Oslo possible. Seven years later three Arab parties had 10 Knesset seats. In two decades, the democratic principle of one adult/one vote will transform Israel into an Islamic dictatorship. Long before that, however, Israel will succumb to a Lebanese-type civil war. Yet no party in the Knesset has the courage to address this ominous state of affairs. (more…)

Why Israel Needs An Independent Counsel

Filed under: Democratic MethodsDomestic PolicyGOVERNMENT BRANCHES — eidelberg @ 5:24 am

by Prof. Paul Eidelberg and Atty. Howard Grief

The American Legislative Model

No event in 1998 aroused greater world curiosity and fixation than the exposure of the sexual escapades of President Clinton with Monica Lewinsky. The “affair” became the target of a criminal investigation by the Independent Counsel, retired Judge Kenneth Starr. The investigation was followed by an impeachment inquiry of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. As everyone knows, the House subsequently impeached the President on two charges, namely, perjury and obstruction of justice.

What most impresses serious observers is not the scandal itself and the sordid revelations it produced, but the very fact that the President of the United States, the most powerful elected office-holder in the world, is not immune to a criminal investigation and impeachment if he oversteps the bounds of law. This truly exemplifies the principle known as the Rule of Law, which subjects even the President of the United States to the highest standards of public conduct (more…)

A Purim Proposal

Filed under: Domestic PolicyIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 1:05 am

Countless Jews complain about the ineptitude of Israeli governments, whether headed by the Labor Party or the Likud. Hence the present writer, having made an exhaustive 20-year study of Israel and its Jewish politicians, and having examined the agendas of America’s leading Zionist organizations, hereby confidently offers the only possible solution to Israel’s decrepit and perilous state of affairs. I propose that the people of Israel hire Gentiles to run their government!

Preposterous you say? But what can be more preposterous than the Jews who have been in charge if Israel’s Government, especially during the last twenty-three years? Would Gentiles surrender the Sinai with its Israeli-developed Alma oil fields, air bases, and 15 billion dollar infrastructure for what Anwar Sadat scornfully called a “piece of paper”? Of course not! (more…)

Civil Disobedience Versus Sedition: The Case of Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett

Filed under: Domestic Policy — eidelberg @ 12:47 am

Prof. Paul Eidelberg

On September 2, 1997 a Jerusalem Magistrate Court handed down a verdict of guilty of sedition to Moshe Feiglin and Shmuel Sackett, Co-Chairmen of Zo Artzeinu (This is Our Land). A pre-sentencing hearing has been set for October 27, 1997. This is the first time in the history of the state when a Jew was convicted of sedition. Feiglin and Sackett could face stiff jail terms.

The verdict was based on actions taken by Feiglin and Sackett in 1995 during the Rabin-Peres regime. Their crime was organizing thousands of demonstrators across Israel (more…)

30-Apr-2001

Israel’s Dire Water Problem

Filed under: GeneralDomestic Policy — admin @ 8:08 pm

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

It was known fifty and more years ago that Israel had a serious water
problem. Why have various Israeli governments failed to deal with this
problem?

Some will say that Israel has been so distracted by wars and countless
terrorist attacks that its various governments have been preoccupied with
security issues. Others may say that politicians, like people in general,
are not inclined to address themselves to long-range problems. They are
preoccupied with immediate concerns. Only when things hurt do they react. (more…)

01-Jan-1999

Policy Papers - Congress of Salvation

Filed under: Domestic PolicyKnesset/LegislativeIsrael’s Sovereignty Papers — admin @ 2:03 pm

Needed: A Congress of National Salvation
Professor Paul Eidelberg

The Congress will address the urgent need of Jewish unity and national security, and will do so by means of clearly defined, goal-directed Jewish leadership.

A. General Aims of the Congress (more…)

22-Aug-1993

Muslims USA

Filed under: Domestic PolicyIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:24 pm

August 22, 1993

A Gentile American wrote, in defense of Israel: “What would you do if there were a huge influx of Muslims onto the American shores? That is, what would you do if a large group of people who denied in principle the U.S. Constitution—who were not satisfied with the peaceful exercise of their religion, but were intent upon revolutionizing the government itself and reconstituting it on Islamic lines—entered the country and demanded full rights as citizens? Would not this be a rather serious problem?”

Now that the U.S. has had a taste of Muslim terrorism at the World Trade Center [referring to the first, 1993 attack], Americans might better appreciate the magnitude of this problem in Israel if considered in quantitative terms. (more…)

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