The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

Welcome…

Filed under: The Foundation — admin @ 7:13 am

Friends, welcome to our site. You can find here many of the unique writings of Professor Paul Eidelberg, other members of the FCD, and guest contributors. We hope you’ll be as inspired by these as we are. You can also join the free email list—and please consider a supporting annual membership or helping out with a contribution if you appreciate what is being communicated.

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A General Policy Statement and Political Analysis

Filed under: The Foundation — eidelberg @ 5:34 am

1. The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy is an independent, non-profit, educational institution. Its primary goal is to promote Constitutional Democracy in Israel. The Foundation has drafted a Constitution for this purpose.

2. The Foundation’s first practical objective is to empower the people by making legislators individually accountable to the voters in regional or multidistrict elections.

3. The Foundation’s constitutional method of analysis reveals how the flaws inherent in Israel’s political and judicial institutions render it virtually impossible to solve Israel’s domestic and international problems. (more…)

19-Oct-2007

A Jewish Philosophy of History—Updated & Revised

Filed under: JudaismPublications — eidelberg @ 6:43 am

Lightcatcher Books proudly announces the publication of Paul Eidelberg’s magnum opus A Jewish Philosophy of History: Israel’s Degradation and Redemption (Updated & Revised), which unites three disciplines—politics, philosophy, and science—in reader-friendly language.

Since its first printing in 2004, dramatic events have occurred in the world which further confirm Israel’s current degradation, but which also point to Israel’s ultimate redemption. (more…)

The Pathology of Democracy

Filed under: Democratic MethodsEthics — eidelberg @ 6:22 am

Based on my book A Jewish Philosophy of History: Israel’s Degradation & Redemption.

In this essay I am going to show that democracy contains the seed of a mental disorder which, once understood, will explain Israel’s insane and suicidal policy of “territory for peace.”

In his classic Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville shows that equality, more than freedom, is the quintessential principle of democratic societies. By equality he means more than political and social equality. So pervasive is the principle of equality in democratic societies that it invades the intellect and renders all opinions of “good” and “bad,” “right” and “wrong” or all lifestyles equal. This is moral relativism.

Of the various forms of moral relativism I shall speak only of “positivism” or the “emotive theory of values.” It goes like this: (more…)

17-Oct-2007

Campaign to Save Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 11:46 pm

Courtesy of Israpundit.

October 12, 2007
By Elyakim Haetzni

“If I forget thee, Oh Jerusalem…”

The Quartet, into whose hands Sharon and his government entrusted our destiny, convened in New York to ensure that the conference—obliquely referred to as “the Peace Conference” by the hostile Israeli media—will force Israel to assume irrevocable legal and international obligations that nullify our rights to the heritage of our forefathers in the Land of Israel. This goal is to be attained, in diametrical opposition to the conditions stipulated even in the pernicious Roadmap, by reversing the order of these conditions. First, the establishment of a Palestinian State as an irreversible political fact, and then, “Inshallah”, this Palestinian State will dismantle the terrorist organizations (Abu-Mazen will dissolve the Hamas in Gaza!…), collect their arms etc., etc. etc.

At this second Munich in Annapolis, Olmert intends to establish a Palestinian State regardless of the fact that there has been no cessation in the Kassams launched from Gaza, that the bomb belts keep finding their way to Tel-Aviv, and that battles rage in the areas surrounding the Gaza Strip and within Judah and the Shomron. The conference will continue to pursue its agenda, impervious to the non-stop flow of arms through the southern border, breached thanks to the disengagement. The USA’s Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice, too, who does not even bother hiding her unreserved identification with the Arabs, visits Israel for the purpose of ensuring that the Palestinian entrapment will be irremediable.

Do not buy the illusion that the conference is not a serious matter, and “nothing will come out of it”. (more…)

16-Oct-2007

A Conspiracy of Silence

Filed under: Democratic MethodsOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 5:02 am

Two 3-day conferences sponsored by reputedly right-wing elements in Israel were held in Jerusalem, one in October 2003, the other in March 2004. Scores of VIPs from Israel and from abroad spoke at these conferences; and yet, concerning the one thing needful, there was a conspiracy of silence.

They spoke of the disastrous consequences of Oslo. They spoke of Arab terrorism and of the government’s intermittent and feeble response. They spoke of the lack of an organized manner for making government decisions. They spoke of the government’s self-abasement when dealing with the United States. They spoke of how the people of Israel are misled by the reports of their own ignorant, left-leaning journalists in Washington. They spoke of Prime Minister Sharon’s plan to uproot tens of thousands of Jews in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. They spoke and they spoke and they spoke, and yet they were silent about the one thing needful. (more…)

15-Oct-2007

How to Begin Thinking About the Annapolis Summit

Filed under: Islam & ArabOslo/Peace Process — eidelberg @ 4:30 am

Some 1,000 wars have occurred in Western Europe (including Greece and Rome) during the past 2,500 years. The world associated with Western civilization has thus experienced, on an average, one war every two-and-a-half years! It follows that war is the norm of international relations, hence, that what is called peace is little more than a preparation for war. It also follows that treaties of peace may be worse than worthless.

This is the conclusion of Lawrence Beilenson’s book The Treaty Trap (1969). After studying every peace treaty going back to early Roman times, Beilenson concludes that treaties are made to be broken. Moreover—and of special significance for Israel—he shows that treaties for guaranteeing the territorial integrity of a nation are useless to the guaranteed nation, and worse than useless insofar as they engender a false sense of security. Such treaties can only benefit nations governed by rulers intending to violate them whenever expedient.

There are crucial lessons to be drawn from these facts, especially for Israel confronted by Arab or Muslim autocracies. (more…)

12-Oct-2007

America’s Failure to Honor Its Guarantees

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 8:43 am
A Summary of “Should America Guarantee Israel’s Safety?” by Dr. Irving Moskowitz (1993)

Prepared by Helen Freedman, Executive Director, Americans for a Safe Israel

VIETNAM

1954 — SEATO (Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty and Protocol) to protect South Vietnam from Communist North Vietnam was signed November 14, 1972. President Richard Nixon “guaranteed” U.S. retaliatory action if necessary, if the settlement was violated by the North Vietnamese. The guarantees failed.

1973 — U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam and Communist takeover.

 

TAIWAN

1976 — President Jimmy Carter: “We are bound by a treaty to guarantee the freedom of Formosa, Taiwan, the Republic of China.” The treaty was the 1954 U.S.-Republic of China Mutual Defense Treaty signed under President Dwight Eisenhower.

December 15, 1978 — Treaty reversed when Carter announced the end of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and extended full recognition of Red China. (more…)

11-Oct-2007

Netanyahu’s Position on a Palestinian State

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticians — eidelberg @ 7:44 am

Nine years ago, on October 13, 1998, then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed his position on negotiating with the Palestinian Authority, then led by Yasser Arafat. On that day he presented a list of Israeli demands to his Cabinet. They include the following (with my comments in brackets):

(1) Any agreement with the Palestinian Authority (PA) should encompass all subjects up for negotiation and not just a partial Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. Any redeployment should be in stages so that Israel can verify at each stage that the Palestinian side is fulfilling its commitments. [This suggests that Netanyahu accepts, in principle, the establishment of a Palestinian state.]

(2) The PA must act “systematically and concretely against terrorism” by arresting suspects and detaining them in prison. [This is equivalent to demanding Arab thugs to cease behaving like thugs.] (more…)

09-Oct-2007

Martial versus Democratic Diplomacy: Part II

Filed under: Democratic MethodsForeign PolicyIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 3:18 am

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 8, 2007.

A Primer on Diplomacy

Back in 1978, while negotiations were going on between Israel and Egypt, I published a “Primer on Diplomacy” in the hope it would somehow influence Israel’s ruling elites. Of course it did not—otherwise Israel would not be going to Annapolis. Nevertheless, just as Bogart said, “Sing it again, Sam,” I’m obliged to voice the same message to Israeli diplomats today:

A study of autocratic regimes reveals that their methods of negotiating with democracies differ significantly with those they employ with other autocracies. Contrary to appearances, authoritarian politicians are not necessarily less politicians. Of course, they are less amenable to compromise with democratic politicians, but only because they usually don’t have to! Their “stall and threaten” technique when dealing with democracies works well for them; it does not work well when dealing with fellow dictators, and is seldom used for that reason.

Hence it is not only the character of dictatorships, but the cunning of dictators that produces the kind of negotiating tactics we always seem to experience; his tactics depend not only on his system of government, but on the tendencies of our own. (more…)

08-Oct-2007

A Matter of Honor

Filed under: EthicsIslam & Arab — eidelberg @ 4:39 am

In The True Believer, Eric Hoffer, that extraordinary student of human nature, writes: “…no one can be honorable unless he honors mankind.”

From this maxim it logically follows that no devout Muslim is honorable! Is it not the case that throughout Islamic history Muslims have despised non-Muslims or infidels, especially Jews, whom Islamic texts portray as “pigs and dogs”? No wonder Muslims are the world’s leading terrorists. No wonder they use human bombs to reduce Jews, and now Americans, to body parts!

There is a cruel irony here. Honor is of supreme value in Arab-Islamic culture. And yet, no Arab or Muslim can be honorable according to Hoffer’s maxim! (more…)

The Israel-US-Arab Nov. 2007 Conference

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessPoliticiansCURRENT ISSUES — eidelberg @ 4:23 am

Courtesy of Ynetnews.

Blind to the danger

Former Sharon advisor’s endorsement of [the Nov. 2007] peace conference cause for grave concern

Dr. Martin Sherman
October 1, 2007

In a recent article, Dov Weisglass, Ariel Sharon’s former bureau chief and senior adviser, provided a very upbeat assessment of the upcoming November conference near Washington on the Israeli-Palestinian issue. It is an article that should give the citizens of this country cause for grave concern regarding either the integrity or the intellect of those charged—past and present—with molding the future of the country [emphasis added] ….

In order to understand the basis of such a severe indictment of an individual, who until recently held a position of tremendous influence, and even today has ample access to senior policy-makers, two things should be kept in mind: One is the significance of the substantive measures Israel will be undoubtedly called to make in the forthcoming conference devoted to promoting implementation of the Road Map. (more…)

07-Oct-2007

Patrons of Terror and the Myth of Israeli Democracy

Filed under: Islam & ArabIntifada & Terrorism — eidelberg @ 4:44 am

The root cause of terrorism is simply this: Arab or Muslim terrorists are patronized, more precisely, they are rewarded for killing and maiming innocent human beings! But what kind of regime would reward such monsters?

Alan Dershowitz writes: “Every single root cause associated with terrorism has existed for centuries, and the vast majority of groups with equivalent or more compelling causes—and with greater poverty—have never resorted to terrorism.”

Since the inception of Islam some 1,400 years ago, Muslims have slaughtered over 200 million “infidels.” This mania for murder—it’s called “jihad”—is a basic religious imperative and stands by itself as a sufficient cause of Islamic terrorism. (more…)

02-Oct-2007

Martial versus Democratic Diplomacy: Part I

Filed under: Islam & ArabIsrael’s Sovereignty — eidelberg @ 11:42 pm

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, October 1, 2007.

Even before Anwar Sadat arrived in Jerusalem on November 19, 1977, I warned the government that it was letting the fox into the chicken coop. The day before Prime Minister Begin left for the September 1978 Camp David Summit with Sadat and President Jimmy Carter, I warned him face-to-face that Sadat was pursuing a peace-and-war strategy.

In December 1978, three months before Begin signed the March 1979 Israel-Egyptian peace treaty in Washington, the Hebrew version of my book Sadat’s Strategy appeared. The book contained an essay on the almost unknown subject of “martial versus democratic diplomacy.” Two weeks before the treaty was signed, I was in the US lecturing around the country warning people about Sadat’s strategy. A few months ago, Daniel Pipes, who supported that treaty, admitted it was a failure: Egypt was not really committed to peace. (more…)

Urgent Message from Dr. Steve Carol

Filed under: Oslo/Peace ProcessThe Diaspora — eidelberg @ 1:39 am

I am happy to endorse Dr. Carol’s message, indeed, year after year I have conveyed the same basic message to Jewish and Zionist organizations in America. Dr. Carol wants these organizations to not only to speak up and loudly denounce the Munich/appeasement policy of Israel’s government, but to withhold support for this government. He writes:

The organizations should include the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress, AIPAC, ZOA, and any religious umbrella organization (e.g. United Reform Movement), etc.

What to say—“The time for silent acquiescence to the suicidal course of the Israeli government has come to an end. Israel and the Diaspora are inexorably intertwined (like a Havdalah candle). What happens to Israel will directly impact on all Jews globally. If Israel falls, anti-Semitism will rear its ugly head in a new wave that will make all previous waves in history, seem as if they were picnics”!! (more…)

26-Sep-2007

Christians Without The Christian God?—Not Quite!

Filed under: JudaismBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 7:36 am

Ponder the statements of three notable Israelis:

At the threshold of the twenty-first century, we do not need to reinforce [national]sovereignty, but rather to strengthen the position of humankind.

— Shimon Peres

The content of the phrase “Jewish State” will be determined by the level of abstraction which shall be given it. In my opinion…the level of abstraction should be so high, that it becomes identical to the democratic nature of the state…The values of the state of Israel as a Jewish State are those universal values common to members of democratic society.

— Judge Aharon Barak (more…)

25-Sep-2007

Why Peace Eludes Israel

Filed under: Islam & ArabOslo/Peace ProcessUS & Global Policy — eidelberg @ 11:00 pm

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, September 24, 2007.

Israel is retreating toward its 1949 Auschwitz lines. Many attribute this retreat to Israel’s ardent desire for peace. This desire for peace, however, has resulted in ceaseless Arab terrorism and Israel’s emasculation.

This desire for peace, uttered ad nauseum by Israeli policy-makers and opinion-makers, has stupefied Israelis, emboldened Israel’s enemies; and made Muslims contemptuous of Jews.

Did England’s or France’s desire for peace transform Germans into doves? Germany was the home of humanism, of philosophy and science. Are Muslims more humanistic than the nation that produced Kant, Schiller, Heine, and Einstein?

But let me address Israel’s current political elites: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak—and of course Israel’s so-called elder statesman President Shimon Peres. These Alice-in-Wonderland politicians would have us believe that withdrawing from Judea and Samaria will pacify Israel’s distraught Arab neighbors—like giving them a daily dose of Prozac. (more…)

Nadia’s Arrest and Prison Experience

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

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…)

23-Sep-2007

Urgently Needed: Jews for a Godly Israel

Filed under: JudaismOslo/Peace ProcessBELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES — eidelberg @ 10:43 pm

All honor to Zionist organizations for a “strong” as well as for a “safe” Israel! They have exposed the duplicitous and deadly nature of the Oslo peace process. But do they adequately understand what will make Israel safe and strong? Indeed, perhaps their emphasis on a “safe” or “strong” Israel is counterproductive; perhaps such emphasis obscures the one thing needed to make Israel safe and strong?

The mere fact that these Zionists organizations have had no discernible impact on Israeli governments suggests that their preoccupation with Oslo, along with Israel’s preoccupation with peace, obscures a more fundamental issue. Perhaps these Zionist organizations need to think more deeply what Israel is all about. (more…)

19-Sep-2007

A Political Dictionary for Israelis and Immigrants: Part I

A. Democracy: Two Types

  1. Normative” or classical democracy: based on the idea of man’s creation in the holy image of God. This provides democracy’s basic principles, freedom and equality, with rational and moral constraints. (Freedom is not “living as you like,” and equality is not a leveling but and elevating principle. The holy nation is a “kingdom of noblemen.”)

  2. Normless” or contemporary democracy. No ethical standards. Freedom is living as you please, and equality leads to vulgarity via the equivalence of all lifestyles. (Moral equivalence: “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” Arafat is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.) (more…)

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