The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

19-Jun-2007

An Interview with Benjamin Netanyahu

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansRepresentation — eidelberg @ 7:23 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, June 18, 2007.

On June 6, 2007, Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu was interviewed by Victoria Vexelman of the Russian Channel-7. I have an English rendering of excerpts of that interview and will comment on Netanyahu’s stated position on key issues.

Vexelman asked Netanyahu: “What is your attitude to the idea of a law to extend Israel’s sovereignty on those territories where there is no Arab population?”1 [Vexelman apparently has in mind Israeli annexation of those areas of Judea and Samaria where Jewish communities are located, as well as those areas of Judea and Samaria where neither Jews nor Arabs are located. Jewish sovereignty over these areas would preclude the establishment of a Palestinian state.] (more…)

18-Jun-2007

On Revolution

Filed under: Democratic MethodsElectorate/DemographicsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 7:08 am

[December 10, 1994—updated June 16, 2007]

A respected political scientist has said that a revolution would have erupted in any Third World country had its people suffered what the people of Israel have suffered under the Rabin (now read the Sharon or Olmert) government: deceit, betrayal, Jewish bloodshed, humiliation:

  • Releasing and arming thousands of Arab terrorists

  • Exercising self-restraint while Arab terrorists murdered 1,500 Jews

  • Expelling 10,000 Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria

  • (more…)

14-Jun-2007

The Peres-Shas Nexus: A Commentary on the Religious Parties

Filed under: Party StructuresOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 8:25 pm

Just as Shas is partly responsible for the Oslo Agreement, hence, for Oslo’s degradation of Israel, so it is partly responsible for making Shimon Peres, Oslo’s architect president of Israel—the latest degradation of the so-called Jewish state.

The Shas-Peres nexus goes back almost 20 years as may be seen in Attorney Howard Grief’s November 12, 1998 article “Why Israel Needs an Independent Counsel” (a proposal initiated by the present writer).

Grief made an exhaustive study of an improper relationship which existed between the Labor and Shas parties between 1988 and 1996 during which time Peres was the key player. (more…)

13-Jun-2007

Dwelling in Denial

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace ProcessBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:39 am

See the final paragraph (highlighted) of Prof. Inbar’s article (below) before reading my critique.

Does Professor Inbar really believe that any Arab state or combination of Arab states can solve the existential problem of the Jewish state?

1) No less than Daniel Pipes recently and belatedly realized that Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt has been a failure. In addition to its rabid anti-Semitic media, Egypt has for years facilitated the arming of Arab terrorists in Gaza.

2) As for Jordan, it remains a capital offense in that country to sell property to Jews. Besides, Jordan, whose own survival depends on Israel, has nonetheless provided at least moral support for the terrorism perpetrated against Israel by the PLO-Palestinian Authority. (more…)

11-Jun-2007

Treason

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace ProcessIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 6:43 am

Whereas Prime Minister Olmert is willing to yield the Golan Heights to Syria, a despotic regime;

Whereas the Golan Height belongs as a matter of right to the Jewish People;

Whereas surrendering the Golan Heights would violate the inalienable right of its Jewish inhabitants; (more…)

The Hidden Cause of the Arab War Against Israel

Filed under: Islam & ArabJudaismOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 6:25 am

Why Arabs want to destroy Israel receives only superficial commentary by students of the Arab-Israel War.

Most say the Arabs want to destroy Israel because it is a Jewish state. Notice, however, that the state’s political elites are only nominally Jewish. In fact, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres, Foreign Minister Tsippi Livni, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and Education Minister Yuli Tamir want to transform Israel into a multicultural society like Sweden, whose political elites have erased their own people’s history and culture.

Others say that the Arabs want to wipe Israel off the map of the Middle East because it is a democracy that threatens, by its example, the autocratic power structure of the Arab-Islamic world. (more…)

11-Apr-2007

Wiping Israel off the Map

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace ProcessBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 5:18 am

In response to my article “An Exercise in Political Logic,” a reader asked a question especially appropriate for Passover: “How different is it between the President of Iran saying he will wipe Israel off the map and Bush continuously sending [Secretary of State Condoleezza] Rice to Israel to nag [the Israeli government] to give up one piece of land after another?”

It’s an old story. The nations have ever sought to wipe Israel—really the Torah—off the map, but they have done so in different ways. (more…)

20-Mar-2007

Israel’s Government is Bad for the Jews

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessZionism/NationalismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 5:47 am

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

Fearful of anti-Semitism, some misguided people have said Israel is bad for the Jews. But it’s not Israel but Israel’s government that is bad for the Jews. We see this even when the government is led by the Likud, ostensibly a Zionist or nationalist party. But Likud Zionism is first and foremost political or secular, and this Zionism has turned out to be bad for the Jews.

This was foreseen by Dr. Isaac Breuer, a religious Zionist who was one of the greatest exponents of Jewish thought in the first half of the twentieth century. Although he admired Theodor Herzl, he maintained that only observant Jews can be true Zionists, (more…)

27-Feb-2007

Reflections on War and Peace

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 8:39 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, February 26, 2007.

Part I. George Orwell on Civilian Casualties

During World War II, various British citizens formed what was called a Bombing Restriction Committee. The Committee denounced the RAF’s “indiscriminate” bombing of German cities. One of the Committee’s pamphlets declared that “thousands of helpless and innocent people … are being subjected to agonizing forms of death and injury comparable to the worst tortures of the Middle Ages.” Although the author of the pamphlet wanted England to win the war, the pamphlet urged the government to stick to “legitimate” methods of war and abandon civilian bombing.

George Orwell, who deplored bloodshed, took a dim view of the Bombing Restriction Committee. (more…)

16-Feb-2007

How Corruption Led to the Oslo Agreement

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPARTIES & PERSONALITIES — eidelberg @ 5:49 am

This article is indebted to the research of Attorney Howard Grief.

As is fairly well known, the Israel-PLO Declaration of Principles of September 13, 1993, known as the Oslo Agreement, has produced a litany of personal tragedies and national disasters. Suffice to mention the following:

  • the murder of some 1,600 Jewish women, men, and children by PLO-Palestinian Arab terrorists;

  • the wounding and maiming of some 6,000 more Jews by these terrorists;

  • (more…)

05-Feb-2007

An Unreliable Alliance

Speaking before a gathering of the National Religious Party (NRP) activists, Likud chairman Benjamin Netanyahu lent some credence to rumors of a potential alliance of the Likud and the NRP-National Union (NU) Knesset factions.

Mr. Netanyahu is quoted as saying: “We firmly believe in the triangle [connecting] the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah of Israel… That is a clear point of agreement; that must be the platform of the next government, so that it will form the basis for the value system of every boy and girl in Israel, which will withstand great storms.” (Emphasis added) (more…)

31-Jan-2007

Permissive Treason in Israel

Filed under: Domestic PolicyEthicsOslo/Peace ProcessBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 8:16 am

Article III, Section 3 of the American Constitution includes, in its definition of treason against the United States, “adhering to their Enemies” and “giving them Aid and Comfort.”

Israel’s Penal Law on treason is more complex: it defines treason in terms of four kinds of acts:

  1. the category of acts which “impair the sovereignty” of the State of Israel—section 97(a);

  2. (more…)

13-Dec-2006

Israel’s Virtual Idiots

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 9:17 am

Israelis have found that the Hebrew word for “fools,” tipshim, does not quite describe Israel’s political leaders. Hence they have Hebraicized and pluralized the word idiot and now call these politicians “idiotim.” Of course they mean virtual idiots.

This is pretty much the assessment of Jerusalem Post analyst Caroline Glick in her column of December 12. She recalls the unremitting collaboration of UNIFIL with Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as the refusal of in-place European forces “to lift a finger to prevent or even protest the massive, illicit inundation of Gaza with Iranian weaponry transiting through Egypt.” (more…)

05-Dec-2006

Is The PM Suffering From A Mental Disorder?

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansDisengagementBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:38 am

[Transcript of the “Eidelberg Report,” Israel National Radio, December 4, 2006.]

In my book Demophrenia, published in 1994, I mention various symptoms of schizophrenia, such as delusions of grandeur, escapism, illogical thoughts, stereotypic behaviors, flattened emotional reactions, and impaired volition. These symptoms obviously exist on a continuum with normal behavior. A World Health Organization study concludes that “schizophrenics, for all their vulnerabilities, are in the full sense responsive social beings like the rest of us.” Still, these “vulnerabilities” result in bizarre behavior, as may be seen in innumerable democratic politicians, including certain Israeli prime ministers.

In saying this, my purpose is not to denigrate them, for their mentality has been conditioned by the democratic mentality of the present era. Instead, I want to warn Israel that the most important political behaviors and policies of their political elites are irrational and destructive. (more…)

18-Nov-2006

A Dialogue on Revolution

Filed under: Democratic MethodsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 8:38 am

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. (more…)

14-Sep-2006

Complicit in Murder

Filed under: EthicsOslo/Peace ProcessIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 7:07 am

Politicians, pundits, and political scientists have blamed Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, the Sudan and other Islamic states as sponsors of terrorism, and so they are. But if we consider the policies of American presidents from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, as well as the behavior of Israeli prime ministers from Yitzhak Shamir to Ariel Sharon, another picture emerges.

President Carter allowed the PLO, the world’s leading terrorist organization, to establish offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. That was in the late 1970s. (more…)

05-Sep-2006

The Right Question: Return the Golan?

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace ProcessIsrael’s SovereigntyCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 5:05 am

by Dr. Steve Carol ©

The Golan Heights is a semi-mountainous escarpment of some 451 square miles, ranging in height from 400 to 3,000 feet. It rises steeply from the eastern and northern shores of the Sea of Galilee, runs the length of the Huleh Valley, and overlooks the coastal plains of the Galilee and northern Israel. There is a Jewish connection to the Golan as it is dotted with ancient Jewish villages and synagogues.

In 1948, Syria joined with other Arab states in an aggressive attack against the newly re-established State of Israel. (more…)

28-Aug-2006

The Necessity of Regime Change

Filed under: Democratic MethodsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 10:10 pm

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, 28 August 2006].

Reacting to Israel’s debacle in Lebanon, hundreds of Israeli reservists are demonstrating near the Knesset, calling for the resignations of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Amir Peretz, and IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen Dan Halutz. Tens of thousands of Israelis should rally to their cause—and they should also call for Regime Change.

Of course, the prime minister is the one most responsible for the debacle in Lebanon. Clearly, the Olmert government was not prepared for the war and failed to achieve its stated objectives. (more…)

01-Aug-2006

Urgently Needed: A Patton or a Sherman

Filed under: Foreign PolicyOslo/Peace ProcessCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 7:01 am

It’s no accident that the United States named two tanks after its greatest generals, George Patton and William Tecumseh Sherman. Does the Israel Defense Forces have the equivalent of one of these warriors? If so, can he now be placed at the head of the IDF, which of course would require Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz to resign?

But does Prime Minister Ehud Olmert have the guts to place such man at the head of Israel’s army—to snatch victory in the jaws of defeat in Lebanon—and never mind the clamors of the nations and the media? (more…)

26-Jul-2006

A Warning from Yamin Israel

Filed under: Islam & ArabOslo/Peace ProcessCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 8:18 am

That Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, bodes ill for Israel. It clearly indicates that the Bush administration remains committed to Oslo and Israel’s withdrawal from Judea and Samaria—the position of Prime Minister Olmert despite (1) Abbas’s praise of suicide bombers, and (2) Hamas’ ascendancy in the PA, and (3) the Hamas linkage with Hezbollah. (more…)

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