The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

02-Dec-2009

The Likud Is Dead: And So Is Politics

Filed under: Party StructuresIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 7:33 am Edit This

Published in 2003.

When the present writer states that the Likud Party is dead, the sensible reader will understand that I am speaking metaphorically. The Likud is “dead” despite its having won 38 seats in the January 2003 Knesset elections, and despite the probability that it will form the government after the next election.

Yes, the Likud is dead, very dead, by which the well-informed and sensitive readers will understand that the Likud is intellectually moribund on the one hand, and heartless on the other. That it is intellectually moribund is obvious: The Likud is still crawling on Labor’s Oslo track, only now it is called the “Road Map” or “Unilateral Separation or Disengagement.” The fact that the Likud has even made overtures to Syria regarding the Golan Heights—Syria, a terrorist state and patron of Hezbollah—clearly indicates that the leaders of the Likud are “brain dead.”

The morally sensitive observer will recognize that the Likud (and not only the Likud) is heartless or spineless because it has tolerated the murder of some 800 Jews and the wounding and maiming of 6,000 more, in consequence of which countless thousands of Jewish children are suffering from post-traumatic shock syndrome. (more…)

02-Aug-2009

Iranian, American, and Israeli Grievances: A Question of Revolution

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 7:23 am Edit This

Iran’s fraudulent presidential election of June 12, which kept Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power, was enough to trigger a revolution—not civil disobedience Israeli style. Many Iranians lost their lives in violent protests against the fraud. The revolution is not over. Report has it that even Iranian soldiers are helping opponents of the regime.

“No taxation without representation” was the clarion call of the American revolution of 1776. The Americans were fed up with protests and civil disobedience. Ponder these words of the American Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; (more…)

22-Jul-2009

“The Jewish Mind”

Filed under: JudaismIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 6:34 am Edit This

“The Jewish Mind” is the title of a 600-page tome by Raphael Patai, the famous author of The Arab Mind. Patai, who died in 1996, was not a Jewish chauvinist. He knows there are stupid Jews as well as brilliant non-Jews. But he couldn’t ignore the extraordinary intellectual accomplishments of the Jewish people.

However much Jews have been vilified, no one—not even the worst anti-Semites—ever accused the Jewish people of being stupid. Indeed, it has been reported that the Jews, with less than 0.2% of the world’s population, have produced 22% of all Nobel laureates.

When it comes to politics, however, the intelligence of Jews is not conspicuous. To the contrary, Charles Krauthammer refers to the 1993 Agreement between Israel and the PLO as “the the greatest diplomatic blunder in history.”

Consider, also, how Jews voted in the American presidential election of 2008. (more…)

16-Jul-2009

What Should Israel Look Up to?

Filed under: JudaismZionism/NationalismIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 6:17 am Edit This

What is most decisive about the character of a nation is what its people look up to and admire. Sometimes what people look up to and admire is a myth.

Consider Israel’s “Declaration of Independence.” The Declaration is taught and public schools, and Israel’s Supreme Court has said it embodies the “credo” of the State of Israel.

It so happens, however, that the first sentence of the Declaration, which states that the Jews became a nation in Eretz Israel, is a lie. The Jews became a nation at the Law-Giving at Mount Sinai, hence, before they ever entered the Land of Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated that foundational falsehood on June 14, 2009 at Bar-Ilan University. There he had the audacity to negate God’s Covenant with the Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by supporting the establishment of a Palestinian state on the land chosen by God for the Jewish people. (more…)

30-Dec-2008

Yaalon’s “Longer-But-Shorter” Road to Peace

Filed under: Islam & ArabOslo/Peace ProcessIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 7:06 am Edit This

The Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, December 29, 2008.
Dedicated to Tsafir Ronen
(z”l).

Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan to elevate the economic well-being of the Palestinians to facilitate the “peace process” coincides with a policy paper written by former Chief of General Staff Moshe Yaalon, now with the Likud Party. The paper is entitled “Israel and the Palestinians: A New Strategy.”

Yaalon’s paper begins by analyzing the reasons why the Oslo accords failed to bring peace. “Fifteen years ago,” he says, “the signing of the Oslo accords with the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) raised hopes that Israel had boarded the ‘peace train.’ Over the years, however, it became clear that the train was not headed for the promised destination.” Nevertheless, Israel’s leadership has foolishly remained on the same train.

However, Yaalon obscures the covert objective of Oslo’s architects, which was the creation of a Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (Yesha) as the only means of achieving peace. He fails to see or say that only the “two-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict could induce Yasser Arafat to sign a deal with Israel—as Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin surely knew and concealed. Only a sovereign Palestinian state could be legally bound by any peace agreement.

Yaalon does not really oppose a Palestinian state. He simply criticizes the decision of Israel’s leaders to withdraw from Yesha before the Palestinians had achieved the economic, political, and judicial infrastructure required to become a responsible state.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is a kleptocracy. (more…)

22-Dec-2008

Thoughts Out of Season III

Filed under: JudaismIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 6:35 am Edit This

Consider what some eminent individuals have said of the Jewish people:

● Rabbi Avraham Isaac Hakohen Kook:

The denial of our ‘Thou hast chosen us’ vocation and singularity is a fateful blunder. Set apart from the Gentiles, as evident in our incompatible history, the Jewish excellence and nobility surpasses that of any other nation. Our self-recognition implies an awareness of the Jewish grandeur; its renunciation spells a denial of the self. A people that disregards its essence, diminishes its stature. The obliteration of our exalted nature is the sole cause of our decline.

● John Adams:

The Jews have done more to civilize men than any other nation…. They are the most glorious Nation that ever inhabited the earth. The Romans and their Empire were but a bauble in comparison to the Jews. They have given religion to three-quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily than any other Nation, ancient or modern. (more…)

21-Dec-2008

Tea vs. Jewish Blood

Filed under: Israel's NationalsUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 8:01 am Edit This

Americans were prompted to start a revolution against England because of an increase in the price of tea. Israelis do nothing while their government makes Jewish blood cheap.

12-Dec-2008

Loyalty Oath

Filed under: Islam & ArabIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 7:13 am Edit This

This article was first published in December 2000.

YAMIN ISRAEL
The Truly Jewish Constitutional Party
P.O. Box 23678, Jerusalem 91236 Israel
Tel. 972-2-624-5676 • 972-54-407-581 • E-mail: Yamin@barak-online.net

Israel’s survival obviously depends on the loyalty of its citizens. Therefore:

●  Whereas a large majority of Israel’s Arab citizens do not identify themselves as Israelis but as “Palestinians”;

●  Whereas an undisclosed number of Israel’s Arab citizens are members of terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad;

●  Whereas thousands of Israel’s Arab citizens have openly committed acts of violence against the security forces of the State of Israel in violation of Part II, section 11(a)3 of the Citizenship Law, which empowers the Minister of Interior to revoke the citizenship of any Israel national who “has committed an act of disloyalty to the State”; (more…)

03-Dec-2008

Rightists and Leftists, Then and Now

Filed under: Israel’s SovereigntyIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 7:15 am Edit This

In 1917, the British government promulgated the Balfour Declaration, which recognized that “Palestine,” on both sides of the Jordan River, belongs exclusively to the Jewish people. The members of that government must have been far out “rightists.” Indeed, they make today’s Israeli rightists appear as “leftists,” if only because these Israelis would be satisfied if Jews controlled only the territory west of the River Jordan.

The Balfour Declaration was approved by America’s religious President Woodrow Wilson, another rightist. And if this were not enough to sanctify Jewish possession of the Land of Israel, the 52 nations comprising the League of Nations unanimously acknowledged the rightness of the Balfour Declaration. Right was right; left was wrong.

Incidentally, the Balfour Declaration makes no explicit reference to Arabs. It does affirm, however, “that nothing shall be done to prejudice the civil and religious rights existing in the non-Jewish communities in Palestine,” and therefore denies, by implication, that those non-Jewish communities have any political let alone national rights (my emphasis). The reason is simple enough. It was universally acknowledged that only the Jews had a just and legitimate claim to this land. This was the position of right honorable men.

Times have changed. Today, if a Jew affirms that only the Jews have a just claim to the land called Palestine, he is a right-winger. (more…)

07-Jul-2008

Do The People Of Israel Deserve a State?

Filed under: Israel's NationalsIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 8:55 pm Edit This

Various “rightwing” Knesset members blame yesterday’s Arab terrorist attack in Jerusalem on the government’s appeasement of Arab terrorism, especially its immoral dealings with Arab terrorist organizations. True, but superficial and misleading if not self-serving.

Appeasement of Arab terrorism did not begin with the Olmert government. To give it only the most obvious beginning, it started with the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 13, 1993. This means that the following prime ministers have fostered Arab terrorism: Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon, and Ehud Olmert. (I omit the culpability of Israel’s left-wing Supreme Court.)

Since the Oslo Agreement has resulted in some 10,000 Jewish casualties, the question arises: what keeps inept as well as timid Israeli governments in power? Why is it that, regardless of which party or party coalition is at the helm of state, it pursues the same policy of self-restraint vis-à-vis Arab terrorism—a policy that hazards the life of every Jew in Israel? (more…)

13-Jun-2008

The Left Doesn’t Stop at the Red Light: The Consequences Will Be Terrible

Filed under: Democratic MethodsOslo/Peace ProcessIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 6:32 am Edit This

By Dov Even-Or.
June 10, 2008

1. It is the eve of Shavuot, the festival that celebrates the giving of the Torah to the children of Israel; it is a time for soul-searching for the Jewish public. I would like to seize this opportunity and open some doors, before they shut down completely.

2. According to the ‘leftist world’, I am a right wing extremist, a hallucinatory who should be neutralized; that’s how they treat all of the national camp. According to another parameter, I am a Jew who lives in the spirit of the Torah (with adaptations to modern times), I fight anybody who tries to become assimilated and to assimilate me and I do not give in to anyone who violates the laws of justice and truth. Apparently, we are approaching a civil war, a fight among ‘brothers’ (and the quotation marks are significant) which is becoming inevitable in spite of its disastrous prospects.

3. Why are the chances of change so slight? (more…)

02-Mar-2008

A Dialogue on Revolution

Filed under: Israel's Nationals — eidelberg @ 8:10 am Edit This

American: You Israelis never cease to amaze me. Since Oslo you have suffered more than 10,000 casualties—Jewish men, women, and children killed, wounded and maimed for life. Yet you do nothing. Your government expelled 10,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria and turned this land over to your enemies, yet you do nothing. Kassam missiles fall on Sderot and Ashkelon, and still you do nothing! Why haven’t you people rebelled and thrown your cowardly government out?

Israeli: Just a minute. We like to believe Israel is a democracy; so if the public is not happy with the government’s policies, we need only wait for the next election and change the prime minister or party in power.

American: But don’t you see it makes no difference which party or party leader is in power: you are still retreating toward your indefensible 1949 borders. (more…)

09-Nov-2007

The Hidden Motives of Israel’s Ruling Elites: Behind the Policy of Territory for Peace

Filed under: GeneralOslo/Peace ProcessRepresentationIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 8:57 am Edit This

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, November 5, 2007. This Report is an abbreviation of a 24-page policy paper, “The Fixation of Israel’s Elites on Land for Peace: Five Interpretations,” scheduled for publication by a major journal in December.

Part I

People everywhere are bewildered by Israeli politics. They cannot fathom the motives of Israel’s ruling elites, their addiction to the futile and fatal policy of territory for peace. What really motivates these politicians?

Some pundits say they are stupid or mad or suffer from a Jewish “death wish.” Others say that Israel’s dependency on U.S military aid compels Israeli prime ministers to genuflect to Washington. Let me offer an alternative explanation.

When I made aliya in 1976, I was amused to hear people say that the paramount concern of Israeli politicians is their “seats.” (more…)

25-Sep-2007

Nadia’s Arrest and Prison Experience

Filed under: EthicsThe DiasporaIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 7:26 am Edit This

An Open Letter to American Zionist Organizations:
apropos of the brutal arrest of Nadia Matar by the lackeys of Israel’s government:

● When will you display the courage of Nadia Matar—but not by merely deploring the arrest of this heroic woman? No, when will you have the courage to expose the nature of the government responsible for the brutal treatment of that heroine of Israel?

● When will you have the courage to stand up and show that this government exemplifies a democratically elected despotism?

● When will you have the courage to stand up and show that Israel’s political and judicial institutions, far from being democratic, are designed in such a way as to entrench scoundrels and traitors of Judaism in power? (more…)

25-Aug-2007

מלחמת היהודים ביהודים

Filed under: Supreme Court/JudicialOslo/Peace ProcessIsrael's Nationalsעברית — eidelberg @ 7:05 am Edit This

מלחמת היהודים ביהודים

מאת: פרופ' פול איידלברג

בתלמוד הבבלי (מס' פסחים דף מט ע' ב') כתוב כי שנאתם של עמי-ארצות לתלמידי חכמים גדולה משנאתם של גויים את עם ישראל. בזוהר הק' (שמות ז:ב) מופיע כי בקץ הימים, יהיו רשעים מזרע ישראל שיכרתו ברית עם שונאי ישראל.

יהודים אלו הפכו לאליטה השלטת במדינה. למרות היותם מיעוט קטן (אולטרה-חילוני), הם שולטים במרכזי הכוח העיקריים במדינה. והם עושים זאת תוך-כדי מלמול המנטרה של "דמוקרטיה".

בדיוק יהודים כאלו הם שהחדירו בערמה את הסכמי אוסלו או ההסכם בין ישראל לפת"ח. יהודים מסוג זה הם אלו שחוקקו והוציאו לפועל את מדיניות "ההתנתקות החד-צדדית", לשון נקייה לבגידה. וכדי שלא יאשימו אותי ב"קיצוניות", הבה נזכיר לעצמנו כמה עובדות, ונתחיל ביוסי ביילין, לפנים ה"פודל" של שמעון פרס. (more…)

The War Between Jews and Jews

Filed under: Supreme Court/JudicialOslo/Peace ProcessIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 5:10 am Edit This

The Babylonian Talmud (Pesachim 49b) states that Jewish ignoramuses are greater anti-Semites than gentiles. The Zohar (Exodus 7b) declares that in the “end of days,” certain wicked Jews will become the allies of Israel’s enemies.

Such Jews have become Israel’s ruling elites. Although they comprise a small (ultra-secular) minority, they control the major levers of power in this country. And they do so while intoning the mantra of “democracy.”

It was precisely such Jews that foisted the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement on Israel. The same kind of Jews enacted and implemented the policy of “unilateral disengagement”—a euphemism for treason. Lest I be accused of “extremism,” let us recall some facts, beginning with Yossi Beilin, Shimon Peres’s erstwhile “poodle.” (more…)

21-Sep-2006

An Unheard Speech

To gain a more comprehensive understanding of Caroline Glick’s brilliant article “Israel’s Strategic Rot” (The Jerusalem Post, September 19, 2006), I am republishing a piece which might have been entitled “The Rot Underlying Israel’s Strategic Rot.” (more…)

01-Jan-2002

Arab Citizenship

Filed under: Islam & ArabIsrael's Nationals — eidelberg @ 5:20 am Edit This

I. Introduction:“Bibi or Tibi”

This essay poses the dilemma of Arab-Islamic citizenship in a supposed-to-be-Jewish State. This dilemma was implied in the Likud Party’s 1996 campaign slogan “Bibi or Tibi.”

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“Bibi,” i.e., Benjamin Netanyahu, and “Tibi,” i.e., Ahmed Tibi, are both citizens of Israel, the former a Jew, the latter an Arab. That Tibi, a citizen of Israel, could be an adviser to Yasir Arafat, the head of a criminal organization still classified as such under Israeli law, is a pathological phenomenon. Such a thing can only occur in a country suffering from political schizophrenia, a country lacking a strong sense of national identity.[1] Stated more simply: the choice between “Bibi” and “Tibi” was actually a choice between a Jewish State and an Arab-Islamic state. (more…)