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14-Aug-2007

Profile Without Courage Revisited

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticians — eidelberg @ 7:04 am

Thirteen years ago, more precisely on August 5, 1994, I published an article entitled “Profile Without Courage.” The article contrasts the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and then opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s response to Yasser Arafat’s calling for a jihad against Jerusalem while referring to the Israel-PLO Agreement as a “temporary” affair. Here is what I wrote, in part:

“Only the benighted were surprised by Arafat’s brazen violation of that agreement, which requires the PLO to renounce terrorism and recognize the State of Israel. Now, what would a courageous and honorable Prime Minister do in response to Arafat’s war cry? This and only this: He would renounce his Government’s agreement with the PLO as no longer binding and resign. Unsurprisingly, Rabin did nothing more than blink…. (more…)

09-Aug-2007

The New $1 Coin

Filed under: US & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:51 am

Dear friends and hasty detractors:

Those of us who see and feel the widespread disregard of America’s founding principles; those of us who have striven so hard and so long to restore the American political tradition; and those of us who have read Samuel Huntington’s recent book, Who Are We?—yes, we were dismayed by the new one dollar coins, and we reacted accordingly. Now we are informed of the following:

“An unknown number of new George Washington dollar coins were mistakenly [sic] struck without their edge inscriptions, including ‘In God We Trust.’” (more…)

“In God We Trust” is gone…

Filed under: US & Global PolicyBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 1:42 am

[Editor’s note: Thanks to Paul Lightfoot for pointing out that the U.S. Mint is inscribing “In God We Trust” on the edge of the new coin. See The United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Program for more information.]

The Urban Legends Reference website also commented on this issue in June 2007.


Authorship unknown.

It’s gone!!

New $1 coin

You guessed it—“In God We Trust” is gone!!! (more…)

07-Aug-2007

Double Treachery

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 5:01 am

We know—never mind the number—we know what Olmert and his minions are up to. We know they would rather be ruled by Arabs than by real Jews, faithful Jews, Jews of the Covenant. We know about the double treachery of the Olmerts, the Baraks, the Livnis, the Tamirs, and the other Peresites who hate that Covenant.

We know why they have given away Jewish land to our enemies, why they refrain from destroying our enemies, why they have emasculated our army, why they have sapped the will of our people to prevent the impending disaster. They do not want the Jewish people to rise, rebel, and eliminate the enemy within—Israel’s own government! (more…)

02-Aug-2007

Leibler’s “Libel”

Filed under: Domestic PolicyEthicsDisengagement — eidelberg @ 11:23 pm

In his op-ed piece [below], “The Looming Haredi Disaster” (The Jerusalem Post, August 1, 2007), Isi Leibler, who supported “disengagement,” has the audacity to bemoan the Haredim for their “anti-Zionism”!

Leibler’s article reveals many gaps in his knowledge of Haredi society, of Torah Judaism, and of Jewish history. A member of our Foundation for Constitutional Democracy pointed out the following shortcomings in Leibler’s article: (more…)

31-Jul-2007

The IDF: A Politician’s Army

Filed under: EthicsJudaismOslo/Peace ProcessZionism/Nationalism — eidelberg @ 4:32 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, July 30, 2007.

The IDF—the Israel Defense Forces—has long been known as a “citizens army.” Since December 1987, however, when the first intifada broke out, the IDF has increasingly become a politician’s army. Its primary purpose is not to protect Israel’s civilian population, but to protect the international reputation of Israeli prime ministers. These prime ministers want to be perceived as humanitarians, exercising self-restraint vis-à-vis Arab terrorists.

This, they believe, will inspire respect for themselves (and Israel) as morally superior to their enemies. Self-restraint has thus become their badge of honor and reinforces Israel’s reputation as “the only democracy in the Middle East.” Given this reputation, Public Relations preoccupy Israel’s ruling elites. (more…)

26-Jul-2007

The Collapse of Pax-Americana: A Sequel

Filed under: US & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 12:29 am

Iran controls the Strait of Hormuz. Through that narrow waterway, 40% of the West’s oil flows from the Persian Gulf states of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

In 2006, Iran undertook a simulated maneuver to take over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Seyyed Ali Khamenei warned: “If the Americans make the wrong move toward Iran, the shipment of energy will definitely face danger, and the Americans would not be able to protect their energy supply in the region.” Which means that not a drop of the West’s oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz. This would utterly wreck the West’s economy, including the economy of the United States.

President Bush is of course afraid to convey this information to the American people. He has thus allowed the Democratic Party to undermine his policy in Iraq.

23-Jul-2007

The Collapse of Pax-Americana: What’s Next for Israel?

Filed under: US & Global PolicyUN — eidelberg @ 9:27 pm

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, July 23, 2007.

How the mighty have fallen!

1) The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 meant the end of a bipolar world. This was followed by a multipolar world, until 9/11.

2) 9/11 produced a unipolar world and the American doctrine of unilateralism. The U.S. issued a “with-us-or-against-us” foreign policy directed against any state harboring terrorists. The destruction of the Taliban in Afghanistan followed. Iraq came next, where the U.S. implemented a policy of pre-emptive attack on any enemy state developing weapons of mass destruction. But Iraq complicated matters. Destroying the regime of Saddam Hussein necessitated “regime change,” and this meant democratization—and not only of Iraq. Could the U.S establish a Pax-Americana in the Islamic Middle East? (more…)

19-Jul-2007

What Must Be Done To Save Israel

Filed under: Democratic MethodsPoliticiansCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 6:57 am

The Olmert government has surrendered to the enemy. This craven government has emasculated the IDF, which, instead of being used to defeat the enemy, will be used to expel Jews from Judea and Samaria to facilitate the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state. This is treason!

Each day Olmert remains in office brings us closer to the abyss. There is no reason to expect the full final version of the Winograd Report to bring about his resignation or induce the Knesset to vote no confidence in his government.

Ehud Barak and his Labor party will not resign from the government, and neither will Avigdor Leiberman and his Israel Beiteinu party. The same holds for Shas. Labor especially knows it will be relegated to the political wilderness, since elections will propel Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud to power.

A Netanyahu government, however, will not save Israel. (more…)

17-Jul-2007

Jordan Troops in West Bank

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansDisengagement — eidelberg @ 6:37 am

Commentary on the IMRA report below.

Olmert and Jordanian troops in “West Bank”??? Netanyahu also proposed Jordanian troops in Judea and Samaria; and, as Prime Minister, Netanyahu also supplied terrorists with arms to protect Israel against terrorists!

So Netanyahu and Olmert are still mired in the mentality of Oslo—a defeatist policy that demeans the Israel Defense Forces, whose primary purpose, it seems, is to remove Jews from Jewish land. Wasn’t this the inevitable purpose of Oslo, hence of the IDF? (more…)

13-Jul-2007

The IDF: The Government’s PR Agent

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessZionism/Nationalism — eidelberg @ 6:10 am

Reflecting back on my 31 years in Israel, it seems to me the IDF has often served Israel’s government as an instrument to mislead the public in order to facilitate the government’s defeatist policy of “territory for peace.”

Before I cite the latest example, it should be noted that IDF spokesmen have repeatedly intoned the government’s mantra that there is no military solution to the problem of Arab terrorism. This means there is no alternative to territorial retreat. Indeed, if I am not mistaken, Israel’s Command and Staff College has taught the absurd doctrine that “self-restraint” is a form of strength. (more…)

11-Jul-2007

Releasing Terrorists: A Postscript

Filed under: EthicsForeign PolicyIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 5:38 am

The government’s releasing terrorists as good will gestures to Muslims and Arabs has never brought Israel or the world one step closer to peace. To the contrary, such gestures reward terrorists and therefore encourage terrorism everywhere.

The only way to deal with terrorists is to punish them—and so severely as as to discourage further acts of terror. (more…)

The Mediacracy (Updated)

Filed under: EthicsBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVESThe Media — eidelberg @ 5:31 am
If the success of democracy depends on a well-informed public, then democracy today is an abysmal failure, thanks largely to the “mediacracy.”

The mediacracy consists of those who dominate the media, namely, Libertarians, Internationalists, Egalitarians, and (moral) Relativists. I shall refer to them by the acronym, LIERs.

A favorite pastime of the LIERs is Israel-bashing. (more…)

10-Jul-2007

On the Release of Arab Terrorists

Filed under: EthicsIslam & ArabJudaismIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:55 am

I found the following article by Rabbi Ahron Lopiansky in Google: “Exploring the Thought Process Involved in Releasing Terrorists in Exchange for the Freedom of … Abducted Israeli Soldiers.”

“Judaism is comprised of a complete and specific system of practical Torah, and through the Talmudic process, sweeping Divine principles are translated into practical application. One must descend from the clouds of theological inspiration, roll up one’s sleeves and tediously weigh the bits and pieces until one has ascertained that he is meticulously fulfilling God’s will in the most practical of circumstances.

“Let us take a most relevant of cases: (more…)

01-Jul-2007

Courage and Honor

Filed under: EthicsOslo/Peace ProcessPoliticians — eidelberg @ 6:08 am

Is it a Jewish flaw or merely human frailty that spawned Israel’s policy of “land for peace,” a policy which has soaked the Land of Israel in Jewish blood?

Some say this policy is animated by a Jewish death wish or by Jewish self-hatred. But “land for peace,” as a policy of appeasement, is not a Jewish idea. President Eduard Benes of Czechoslovakia was not Jewish; yet, despite the heavily fortified—some experts say impregnable—Sudetenland, he succumbed to that spineless policy at Munich. (more…)

29-Jun-2007

The Anti-Terror Campaign That Succeeded

Filed under: Intifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 6:07 am

by Steven Plaut
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Courtesy of The Jewish Press

After their military defeat by regular forces, the occupied population produced terrorists who engaged in bombings, sniping, poisonings, and other attacks on occupation forces and on the civilian population. They operated as irregulars in small terror units, armed with automatic weapons and bazookas.

Women and minors as young as eight participated in the terror attacks. They attempted to build weapons of mass destruction, using chemical poisons. They assassinated officials of the occupation regime. They had a special obsession with torturing and murdering “collaborators.” They murdered hundreds of civilians, while thousands of the terrorists themselves were killed by the occupation armed forces. The occupiers responded to terror with brutality and force, sometimes using collective punishment.

The above does not refer to or describe the anti-American and anti-British terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. (more…)

25-Jun-2007

To Liberate Gilad Shalit

Filed under: Foreign PolicyIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:42 am

It has been suggested that Israel’s government issue the following ultimatum to Hamas:

Return Gilad Shalit unharmed to Israel or we shall cease supplying Gaza with fuel and electricity.

This suggestion should be carefully weighed vis-a-vis current efforts to obtain Shalit’s release. (more…)

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…)

Discomfiting Questions

Filed under: RepresentationDisengagement — eidelberg @ 1:11 am

Interviewed last week in The Jerusalem Post, left-wing Professor of Law Uriel Reichman said that Israel’s system of government is seriously flawed.

Left-wing Political Scientist Naomi Chazan said as much of the system in the same newspaper.

Question 1: Is it not strange that two eminent leftists should affirm what the present writer, reputedly a “right-winger,” has been saying for two decades? (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…)

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