The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

30-Aug-2007

A Postscript to Two Recent Articles

Filed under: Islam & ArabPoliticians — eidelberg @ 6:45 am

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…)

The Futility of Negotiating with Muslims

Filed under: Islam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:30 am

I have long argued that negotiating with Muslims is an exercise in futility, and that the concept of “conflict resolution” purveyed by political science departments in the United States, Europe, and Israel is utterly foreign to Islamic mentality.

Gregory M. Davis reaches the same conclusion in a book subtitled Islam’s War Against the World (2006). He analyzes the three sources of Islam—the Koran, the Sira (the life of Mohammad), and the Hadith (traditions of Muhammad)—and demonstrates that the conflict between Islam and the West is irreconcilable.

The same conclusion appeared in a February 5, 2007 Front Page Magazine interview of Bill Warner, director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam. (more…)

A Desperate Situation Calls for Desperate Action

Filed under: Domestic PolicyOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 6:16 am

The establishment of a Palestinian state is almost a fait accompli. Such a state dooms the Jewish State of Israel.

In January 1988, the month after the eruption of the first intifada, the present writer saw that the national unity government led by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir (Likud) and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Labor) lacked the courage to quell the insurrection. On that issue alone, the government had forfeited its legitimacy, a precondition of which is the ability to protect the lives and liberty of its people.

The craven character of the government was symptomatic of a terminal disease: the government would emasculate the IDF, demoralize the people, until Israel utterly succumbed to her implacable enemies and the insidious designs of the Saudi-oriented American State Department or former American officials on the Saudi payroll.

I therefore urged the establishment of a “Government in Exile” (more…)

Desperately Needed: The Courage to Identify and Conquer the Enemy

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 6:00 am

Earlier today I wrote an all-too-brief account about five ingredients of national security:

  1. Wise and courageous leadership.
  2. A system of government that facilitates leadership.
  3. National morale.
  4. Knowledge of the enemy.
  5. Military power.

I said little about “knowledge of the enemy,” namely, Islam. (more…)

29-Aug-2007

Torah Government versus Israeli Democracy

Filed under: JudaismSupreme Court/Judicial — eidelberg @ 7:14 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 27, 2007.

Part I: Kingship

Although Israelis may not merit a Torah government, I will show that a Torah government, with its king and Sanhedrin, is more democratic than Israeli democracy.

The Hebrew term for king, melech, primarily implies a chief “counselor,” a president whose intellectual and moral qualities warrant his elevation and authority. The Torah basis for kingship is in Deuteronomy (17:14-15): There it is said that when the Israelites come to the land G-d is giving them, they shall appoint a king from among their brethren, but they shall not appoint a foreigner.

Back in 1948, a Knesset committee considered a draft constitution containing a clause requiring Israel’s president to be Jewish. (more…)

28-Aug-2007

Two Responses to Rabbi Boteach

Filed under: EthicsJudaismUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 7:19 am

What do you think of these responses to Rabbi Boteach’s support of Giuliani?

“Most Christians are not so much against Rudi Giuliani because of his personal past, but because of his political views. He is an extremely liberal Catholic. He is in favor of abortions. He is in favor of gay marriage. He is in favor of gun control. He is in favor of National ID cards. (more…)

Imperfect People and High Office

Filed under: EthicsJudaismUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 6:59 am

An arument in support of Rudy. What do you think?
-P.E.


Courtesy of THE JERUSALEM POST

Imperfect People and High Office
by Shmuley Boteach ,
Aug. 26, 2007

Last week I spent time at the Christian Broadcasting Network headquarters in Virginia with Pat Robertson, who, amid some understandable disagreements on important issues, is not only a friend but, I believe, one of the best friends Israel has in the entire United States.

In discussing the US presidential race, we focused on Rudy Giuliani, who is extremely popular in the Jewish community for his stalwart support of Israel and hard line on Islamic fundamentalism—but somewhat less so among Evangelicals, given his two divorces. (more…)

The Current Status of Israel’s National Security

Filed under: EthicsForeign Policy — eidelberg @ 6:16 am

A. There are various basic ingredients of national security, of which I will mention only five:

  1. First and foremost is wise and courageous leadership.

  2. Second is a system of government that facilitates leadership.

  3. Third is national morale.

  4. Fourth is knowledge of the enemy.

  5. Fifth is military power.

B. Notice I mention military power last. (more…)

Why Rabbis Should Not Enter Politics

Filed under: JudaismParty Structures — eidelberg @ 5:47 am

Rabbis should not run for political office. Why not? Because politics is dirty, and rabbis can’t wade in dirty water without getting dirty and undermining respect for the Torah.

Besides, few rabbis, today, are qualified to conduct affairs of state. Hardly any have engaged in serious and sustained study of classical and modern political science, which is to say the great works of statesmanship.

Of course, this is also true of the laity, but when the latter’s intellectual and moral shortcomings become manifest—a common occurrence—this does not sully Judaism like the failings of rabbis. (more…)

27-Aug-2007

Institutionalized Treason

Filed under: Democratic MethodsRepresentationBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:52 am

It has been reported that left-wing extremists and Palestinian Arabs destroyed thousands of grape vines belonging to local Jews in Samaria yesterday.

This would never have happened if Israel had a truly Jewish government. It is precisely the anti-Jewish character of Israel’s government that encourages leftwing extremists (and Arabs) to destroy Jewish property—and with the obvious intention of eradicating Judaism in all of Eretz Israel.

We see here further evidence of the civil war mentioned in a previous article of mine—The War Between Jews and Jews. (more…)

25-Aug-2007

מלחמת היהודים ביהודים

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

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

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…)

24-Aug-2007

How it should be

Filed under: US & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 9:31 pm

Authorship unknown.

Would’t it be great to turn on the TV and hear any U.S. President, Democrat or Republican, give the following speech?

My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.

Since Congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.

This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning. (more…)

22-Aug-2007

Four Questions About Israeli Democracy

Filed under: Democratic MethodsPoliticiansBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 5:44 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 20, 2007.

Four questions need to be answered:

1. What gives Israel the reputation of being a democracy?

2. Who profits from this reputation?

3. Does Israel deserve this reputation?

4. Does Israel’s democratic reputation undermine Judaism?

Simply stated, what gives Israel a reputation for being a democracy is periodic multiparty elections. Since democracy is today’s standard of what is good and bad, Israel’s ruling elites—politicians and judges, academics and journalists—profit from Israel’s democratic reputation. (more…)

21-Aug-2007

Churchill—The Gathering Storm

Filed under: Islam & ArabBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 4:38 am

From Winston Churchill

Ponder how the democracies are appeasing Islam and betraying Israel. Ponder how the democracies appeased Hitler and betrayed Czechoslovakia. Then read this head note from Churchill’s book, The Gathering Storm:

“It is my purpose … to show how easily the tragedy of the Second World War could have been prevented; how the malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous; how the structure and habits of democratic states … lack those elements of persistence and conviction which alone give security to humble masses; how even in matters of self-preservation, no policy is pursued for even ten or fifteen years at a time. We shall see how counsels of prudence and restraint may become the prime agents of mortal danger; how the middle course adopted from desires for safety and a quiet life may be found to lead direct to the bull’s-eye of disaster.”

“Do not follow the majority to do evil”

Filed under: Democratic MethodsJudaism — eidelberg @ 3:48 am

Some years ago I came across an essay “The Jewish Government” by Rabbi Meir Kahane (z”l). Commenting on Exodus 23:2—“Do not follow the majority to do evil”—Rabbi Kahane said that “transgressing a law passed by the evil is a mitzvah.” He explains as follows:

A majority which contests Torah law, the only law of the Jewish People, is no majority. Those who contest Torah law are lawbreakers when they decide to oppose the law of the Jewish People and to forbid that which is required and to require that which is forbidden. It is they who undermine the rule of law and disturb the peace. It is they who bring tragedy and Divine punishment upon the Jewish People. If the government or a Jewish king establishes a law or decree against Torah law, the laws of G‑d, we are duty-bound to reject it. (more…)

19-Aug-2007

Judicial Aspects of Torah Governance

Filed under: JudaismGOVERNMENT BRANCHES — eidelberg @ 5:20 am

Israel is commonly regarded as the “only democracy in the Middle East,” and so it is compared to its despotic Arab neighbors—a fact hardly worthy of boasting about. But how does Israeli governance today stand vis-à-vis Torah governance? To answer this question, I shall limit myself to certain judicial aspects of Torah governance.

The judicial and highest organ of Torah governance is the Great Sanhedrin. (See Deut. 17.11.) Consisting of seventy-one judges, this extraordinary institution combines judicial and legislative powers and may even bring the king to justice on a suit brought against him by any private citizen.

When there is no king, the President of the Great Sanhedrin exercises the king’s powers. The President excels, and is recognized as excelling, all in wisdom and understanding. (more…)

A Vital Message

Filed under: BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 3:52 am

To the People of Israel:

● You know that we Jews are facing an existential crisis.

● You know that this crisis is not merely the result of our external enemies.

● You know that this crisis is also the result of our mendacious and treacherous Government—a Government that cries “peace, peace” knowing there is no prospect of peace whatsoever with Israel’s jihadic enemies. (more…)

16-Aug-2007

The Temple and Torah Zionism

Filed under: JudaismZionism/Nationalism — eidelberg @ 6:15 am

In a previous article I pointed out that Jewish control of the Temple Mount, Israel’s holiest site, is a fundamental precondition of uncontested Jewish control of Jerusalem and, eventually, of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel. Moreover, Jewish control over the Temple Mount will restore to the Jewish people the esteem of the nations and enable Israel to fulfill its historical mission: to declare from Jerusalem—from Zion—G‑d’s sovereignty in the world.

It needs to be emphasized that the first concern of any statesman worthy of the name is national unity. But that is precisely what the Temple symbolizes for the Jewish people. Let us recur to Joshua Berman’s The Temple, to clarify the Temple’s vital significance. (more…)

The Beginning and End of Democracy

Filed under: Democratic MethodsEthicsJudaism — eidelberg @ 5:58 am

Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 13, 2007.

As is widely known, democracy had its origin in classical Athens. What could be more democratic than an Assembly whose members are chosen by lot? And yet, to be a member of the Athenian Assembly one had to an Athenian—a person exhibited loyalty to Athenian beliefs and values. If Israel was ruled by Athenian standards, there would be no Arab members in the Knesset.

Nor would Israel have a Supreme Court that fosters sexual perversions and pornography. The Athenian attitude toward sexuality was very different from that which prevails in democracies today. (more…)

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