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Only the Truth Can Save Israel

Opponents of “Disengagement” such as MKs Arieh Eldad, Benny Elon, and Effie Eitan, should hold an international press conference and declare that the Olmert Government is illegitimate, and for two basic reasons.

First and foremost, these gentlemen must state the obvious, that the Olmert Government has failed to protect the lives and property of its citizens—the first object of government.

Second, and more generally, they must state that despite periodic, multi-party elections, Israel’s system of governance is inherently undemocratic if only because members of the Knesset are not individually elected by and accountable to the people in constituency elections—the practice of every democracy (many of which are smaller than Israel both in size and population),

But surely it’s quixotic to expect Messrs. Eldad, Elon, and Eitam to admit that Israel is not a genuine democracy (as even David Ben-Gurion clearly implies in his Memoirs). Such an admission would be tantamount to self-incrimination, for these gentlemen have been silent about a political system that does not really represent the abiding beliefs and values of the Jewish people, a political system, moreover, whose ineptitude has contributed to the murder and maiming of some ten thousand Jewish men, women, and children by Arab terrorists.

What candid person can deny that the Government’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza’s Jewish residents violates the principles of democracy, insofar as these principles speak of man’s unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?

To prevent the crime of ethnic cleansing of Jews residing in Judea and Samaria—to which the Olmert Government is still committed—it will not be enough to block roads and commit other acts of civil disobedience. It will also be necessary for eminent Jews to expose the myth of Israeli democracy.

In this connection, note that the crime of expelling Jews from Gaza was “legalized” by Israel’s Supreme Court, a self-perpetuating oligarchy. Israel’s High Court of “Justice” ruled, contrary to Israeli and objective international law, that Gaza, as well as Judea and Samaria, constitute “belligerent occupied territory.” This ruling threatens the God-given rights of 200,000 Jews in Judea and Samaria. Indeed, from that territorial vantage, Arab missiles would expose every Israeli city to the fate of Sderot.

It is not enough to call Israel, as some do, a “flawed democracy.” The very nature of its political and judicial institutions makes Israel a democratically elected despotism—as can be confirmed by citing such luminaries as Alexis de Tocqueville.

To prevent Israel’s withdrawal from Judea and Samaria (as well as from the Golan Heights), the unvarnished truth about Israel’s undemocratic and perfidious system of governance is absolutely necessary. The lie about Israeli democracy must be exposed, and by distinguished Israeli citizens. These citizens know that the “peace process” is a lie—a lie which men like Shimon Peres and Yossi Beilin cannot admit without confessing their complicity in the murder of 1,600 Jews. But the “peace process” is itself a consequence of the lie about Israeli “democracy.”

I therefore urge prominent Israelis to organize an international press conference to expose these lies. They should call for the resignation of the Olmert Government on the one hand, and for “regime change” on the other. Nothing less is required for Israel’s survival.

Yes, this amounts to the beginning of a revolution. Are Israelis too timid or too blind to the destruction that hovers over their country to commence such a revolution?

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