The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

14-Sep-2008

Two Cheers

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Two cheers for Nathan D. Wirtschafter, a member of the Likud, whose article in The Jerusalem Post (September 11, 2008), “Direct elections begin with the Likud primary” comes close to advocating some of the institutional reform proposals of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy and of the Yamin Israel Party.

Mr. Wirtschafter calls for “regional elections with single-member districts, a professional cabinet and a new judicial selection system … ”

To propose a professional cabinet is to propose, in effect, separation between the executive and legislative branches of government. The proposed cabinet would then no longer consist of the leaders of rival political parties (one of the root causes of Israel’s malaise). Mr. Wirtschafter could have clarified matters by simply and explicitly calling for a presidential system of government.

Unfortunately, his party leader, Binyamin Netanyahu, in an interview with the Russian Chanel-7, rejected district elections as well as a presidential system of government—and on the most frivolous grounds. As if he never heard of the U.S. House of Representatives and its 435 districts but only two political parties, Netanyahu said that district elections in Israeli would produce sixty political parties! (more…)

07-Jan-2008

Cops and Coddlers Revisited

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Yamin Israel is often asked why it does not form an alliance with nationalist elements of the Likud. After all, doesn’t the Likud represent “the trunk of the nation,” as one prominent Likud member has emphasized?” Hasn’t Yamin Israel always sought to form a united front of nationalist groups? Aren’t Likud hawks like Moshe Arens tried-and-true nationalists?

These questions reminded me of an article I wrote in 1989, “Cops and Coddler.” It was during the first Intifada, and in power was a Shamir-led national unity government. A slightly shortened version of the article follows:

On 6 February 1989, Prime Minister Shamir declared, “The time has come for the world to finally understand that Eretz Yisrael can only belong to the State of Israel. Anything else is inconceivable.”

Four day later, Shamir’s statement was contradicted by his Foreign Minister, Moshe Arens: (more…)

16-May-2007

Yamin Israel Dissociates From Hazit

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Any statement issued by the spokesmen of Hazit regarding any public issue or any public event should not be construed as representing the position of the Yamin Israel Party.

Despite Hazit’s affirmation of Eretz Yisrael as one of its basic principles, the failure of that party to fully comprehend and systematically publicize institutional reform as a logical and necessary precondition of preserving Israel as a Jewish commonwealth compels the Yamin Israel Party to dissociate itself from Hazit. (more…)

21-Feb-2007

Why Israel is Losing the War for Its Survival

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A Message from Yamin Israel

In fighting against Arab terrorists, the reluctance of Israel’s political elites to cause civilian casualties is usually attributed to their humanitarianism and/or to their fear of adverse world opinion. More significant is this: the leaders of a nation don’t have scruples when they are fighting for a cause they believe in.

05-Apr-2006

A Post-Election, Passover Message

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B”H

On behalf of the Yamin Israel Party, we want to thank all of you who voted or rooted for the Jewish National Front—Hazit in the March elections. Yamin Israel is proud of its alliance with Hazit.

Despite Hazit’s very limited financial resources and its being deliberately blacked out by the media, and despite the subversive propaganda against voting for this small party, Hazit received 25,935 votes, the equivalent of one mandate—no mean accomplishment. (more…)

02-Apr-2006

In Defense of Baruch Marzel

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Spokesmen and supporters of National Union and the National Religious Party are denouncing Baruch Marzel (and his Jewish National Alliance—Hazit) for having deprived NU-NRP of one mandate.

Before addressing this issue, let me first congratulate the 25,935 people who voted Hazit. You did not succumb to the paltry propaganda about not “wasting your vote on a small party.” Hence you are the most highly principled and intelligent citizens of Israel, and I salute you! (more…)

28-Mar-2006

Joe Settler Endorses Marzel’s Hazit

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Elections 2006: Joe Settler Endorses…

If you had asked me last year which party I would endorse for the next elections, by default I would have said the National Union.

I respect Benny Elon and Aryeh Eldad both as individuals and as upright, unwavering legislatures. Once Efi Eitam joined their party I felt they presented an appealing team that well represented many of the national and partisan issues important to me. (more…)

Don’t Waste Your Vote!

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By Avi Hyman and Yosef Fuerst

With only a day to go have you decided where your vote is going? Are you at peace with your decision? Or are you like too many people allowing the pollsters and naysayers to decide where your ballot goes?

This past summer countless Jewish tears were shed as we all suffered through the expulsion and destruction of Gush Katif and the Northern Shomron communities. We all stood by helpless as thousands of soldiers bearing the Jewish flag on their uniforms dragged our people away from our territory with despicable ease. Ariel Sharon proved that after 2000 years of exile it still isn’t that difficult to uproot Jews and send them packing.

Ask yourself, throughout this travesty where were the people we on the right elected to prevent such an occurrence? (more…)

The Battered Woman Syndrome

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by Baruch Marzel
Mar 27, ‘06 / 27 Adar 5766

Those same political hacks who failed in the struggle and took part in the government’s plans for the expulsion from Gush Katif are asking us to hold our noses and vote for them.

The provocative campaign of the National Union-National Religious Party against my candidacy for the Knesset is, above all, reminiscent of the battered woman. A man beats, abuses and dishonors his wife, who, in great anger, throws him out of the house; yet, he is sure that he will return. (more…)

Who Are You, Baruch Marzel?

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View the new film about the head of the Jewish National Front—Hazit, whose symbol is כ’.

Before you go to the polls, you must see this—

This Time, Don’t Compromise” [In Hebrew]

27-Mar-2006

GOOD NEWS!!!

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We are hearing from sources around the country that the Jewish National Alliance—Hazit—is winning more and more “fence-sitters” and will break the electoral threshold!

That’s right. People are sick of the system and those who profit from it—the existing parties. (more…)

Who can Chabad support in the Elections for Knesset?

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Orange Chabad Rabbis Support Hazit
By Aliza Karp

It has recently been publicized that the Chabad Rabbinical Court in Eretz Yisorel has made a statement for its own communities, and for the general public, to vote for parties which have the best chance of actually getting elected, as opposed to voting for small, upstart parties that have a higher risk of not getting the minimum number of votes. The admitted implication of this position is that they are urging people not to vote for Hazit, the party of Baruch Marzel.

I looked at the names of the Rabbis on the Chabad Court who came out ostensibly against Hazit. (more…)

What You Should Know To Vote Wisely

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A. Introduction

1. I’ve been in Israel almost 30 years, and I have never seen so much public confusion before an election. To penetrate this confusion, you have to go back to the January 2003 election.

2. A few days after the election, Avigdor Lieberman, who then headed National Union, convened a meeting of various representatives of the “nationalist camp.” I was present representing the Yamin Israel Party. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss whether National Union should join the Sharon government. I (and others) urged Lieberman NOT to join the government: we said it would be a betrayal of the nationalist camp.

3. Why? (more…)

Polls, Self-fulfilling Prophecies, and You

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1. 950,000 citizens of Israel did not vote in the January 2003 election. That number will probably be exceeded in next week’s March 28 election. This fact—plus the unprecedented public confusion or indecision about which party to vote for—places in question any opinion poll.

2. Bearing this in mind, if some guy by the name of ‘Nurp’ tells you, “Don’t waste your vote on a small party,” that guy has succumbed to the arrogance of ignorance as well as to a self-fulfilling prophecy—assuming he is not trying to deceive you.

3. What makes Nurp so sure that you will waste your vote on a small party? (more…)

Another Warning to All Voters

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Don’t be misled. Michael Kleiner’s Herut party is plagiarizing parts of the program of the Jewish National Alliance—Hazit.

Judging from Herut’s campaign in the 2003 election, Herut is not seriously committed to parliamentary electoral reform, as it now pretends. In fact, Herut’s chairman admitted, after the election, that he was really opposed to raising the 1.5% electoral threshold!

David Ben-Gurion deplored this attitude. (more…)

26-Mar-2006

An Urgent Message to All Voters

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Please do not mistake Michael Kleiner’s copycat party “Herut” with your one and only steadfast nationalist party, Baruch Marzel’s Jewish National AllianceHazit.

Hazit adopted the comprehensive institutional reform program of the Yamin Israel party, of which I am the president. (more…)

24-Mar-2006

Lacking in the Campaign: Candor and Courage

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Examine the campaign rhetoric, the platforms of the various parties: what’s missing? A candid and courageous enunciation of the principles Israel stands for as Jewish nation, and a forthright statement of the policies Israel must pursue to preserve its Jewish identity.

Fortunately, there is one party hearty and honest enough to proclaim these principles and policies: the Jewish National Alliance—Hazit. Hazit’s platform was formulated primarily by Prof. Israel Hanukoglu (former science adviser to the government of Benjamin Netanyahu), Hazit chairman Baruch Marzel (a man of down-to-earth knowledge of Israel and its basic problems), and the present writer (political scientist and author of several books on Statesmanship and Judaism). No other party has this breadth and depth of knowledge.

Hazit is dedicated to three all-comprehensive and interdependent principles: (more…)

23-Mar-2006

Caution: Rumors Abroad

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A rumor is being circulated via the electronic media, “Why David Rutstein destroyed Baruch Marzel’s chance of getting elected.”

This rumor is malicious nonsense. (more…)

Notice to all voters

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Election 2003

Valid votes…………………………3,148,364 (69% of roughly 4,526,000 registered voters)

Qualifying threshold (1.5%)………47,226

1. Votes wasted on the pseudo-nationalist parties responsible for the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and northern Samaria: (more…)

22-Mar-2006

An Urgent Message to Supporters of NU/NRP

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A few days after the January 28, 2003 election, then National Union chairman, Avigdor Lieberman (head of its Israel Beiteinu faction), convened a meeting of various representatives of the “nationalist camp.” I was present representing the Yamin Israel Party. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss whether National Union should join the Sharon government. I (and others) urged Lieberman not to join that government.

My reason was simply this: Sharon was committed to a Palestinian state. Indeed, during the election campaign, Sharon warned that he would not appoint anyone to his cabinet who opposed a Palestinian state—an unprecedented display of arrogance! (more…)

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