Archive for May, 2006

The Real Conflict

At least three years before George W. Bush entered the White House in January 2001, Ariel Sharon said a Palestinian state is inevitable. Israel’s greatest warrior had succumbed to a self-fulfilling prophecy, to defeatism, in fact, to Arafat’s cunning campaign of psychological warfare.

Given Mr. Sharon’s reputation as a hawk, is it any wonder that Mr. Bush became the first American president to publicly advocate a Palestinian state?

Sharon’s self-fulfilling prophesy, repeated over and over again by the media, has demoralized the people of Israel. » Continue reading “The Real Conflict”

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“Illegal” Outposts

If there is any illegal outpost in the Land of Israel—Arabs aside—it’s the outpost occupied by the Knesset.

The mere fact that the government designates as “illegal” an outpost occupied by Jews means that the government itself is illegal, since the Land of Israel is the God-given and eternal possession of the Jewish People.

Thus, when Chief Justice Aharon Barak had the audacity to rule that Judea, Samaria, and Gaza constitute “belligerent occupied territory,” this only means that the Supreme Court building over which he presides is “belligerent occupied territory.” » Continue reading ““Illegal” Outposts”

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This is Our Land

In his book The Future of Israel, historian Devin Sper writes eloquently about the Land of Israel. He cites ancient writers who confirmed that the Land of Israel had the most excellent and fertile soil, productive of every variety of fruit. Josephus is quoted:

The whole area is excellent for crops or cattle and rich in forests of every kind, so that by its adaptability it invites even those least inclined to work on the land…All their streams are remarkably sweet, and lush grass is so plentiful that the milk-yield of their cows is exceptionally heavy. The final proof of their outstanding productivity is the swarming population of [Judea and Samaria].

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Get Real!

In response to Nadia Matar’s article”, Psychiatrist Needed Urgently!” which contains much wisdom, allow me to say the following:

As that gallant lady well knows, far more than a psychiatrist is needed to overcome Israel’s malaise. Needed is nothing less than a revolution. But inasmuch as the government controls all the levers of power, what can be done to facilitate a revolution? » Continue reading “Get Real!”

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Now Hear This: The Myth of Israeli Democracy

Will the readers of this letter kindly inform all Jewish and Zionist organizations in the United States that the so-called democratically elected prime minister of Israel, who received repeated ovations from a joint session of the American Congress—yes, I am referring to Ehud Olmert who is anxious to dispossess and displace or transfer—under the euphemism of “realignment”—countless Jews living in Judea and Samaria—will you kindly inform as many Americans as possible that he or his Kadima party received less than 22 percent of the votes cast in the March 28, 2006 election?

Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President
Foundation for Constitutional Democracy

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American Zionist Organizations

Watching the many standing ovations Ehud Olmert received when he addressed a joint session of the American Congress and spoke of his so-called Realignment Plan—which would dispossess and displace 50 to 100 thousand Jews in Judea and Samaria—it occurred to me that those standing ovations were living proof that American Zionist organizations have no significant impact on U.S. foreign policy regarding the Israel-Arab conflict.

The leaders of these Zionist organizations must surely realize that all their noble efforts have not diminished the American government’s commitment to a Palestinian state, hence, to a tortured future for the Jewish people. » Continue reading “American Zionist Organizations”

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Who Profits from the Myth of Israeli Democracy?

The grand reception Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received in the United States, the standing ovations accorded him as he addressed a joint session of the American Congress, the support he is receiving from various American Jewish organizations for his plan to “realign,” i.e., dispossess and displace countless Jews in Judea and Samaria—despite the disaster of the so-called Disengagement Plan, which has made Gaza the Mecca of international terrorism—all this, I say, is the result of a deadly myth, that Israel is a democracy.

It is this myth of Israeli democracy that gave Mr. Olmert and his “Realignment Plan” legitimacy when he spoke to President George W. Bush, to the Congress of the United States, and to the American people. » Continue reading “Who Profits from the Myth of Israeli Democracy?”

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For a Philistine State

As I listened to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert address a joint session of the American Congress, and as I saw how his distinguished audience repeatedly gave him standing and thunderous ovations each time he expressed his ardent desire to facilitate the establishment of a “Palestinian” state, I thought I was witnessing lunatic asylum more bizarre than anything imagined by Kafka.

Of course, I was aware that Olmert’s fantasies and his audience’s hypocrisy, or his madness and their stupidity, together herald another unspeakable crime against the Jewish people. » Continue reading “For a Philistine State”

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Chief Justice Aharon Barak and Judicial Despotism

[Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, May 22, 2006].

Before discussing Judge Barak, let us review Israel’s undemocratic method of appointing Supreme Court judges—there’s nothing like it in the democratic world.

The fifteen judges of the court are appointed by a nine-member committee consisting of three sitting justices, including the court president. Two are representatives of the Israel Bar Association. Two are cabinet ministers, including, the justice minister. Two are Knesset members, one representing the government coalition, the other representing the opposition. The committee’s majority, therefore, is unelected. Moreover, the two Bar Association members are subject to pressure by the court president before whom they may argue cases. This also applies to the justice minister, who can also be manipulated by the court’s president. And since the court’s president handpicks the judges for every case, he can very much determine the selection of his own successor as well as the court’s character as a whole.

So it’s obvious that Israel’s High Court of Justice is a self-perpetuating oligarchy. » Continue reading “Chief Justice Aharon Barak and Judicial Despotism”

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Orthodoxy Tongue-in-Cheek

The term “orthodox” is of Greek origin and is derived from two Greek words: orthos, meaning “true,” “correct,” “straight” (think of “orthopedics”), and doxa, meaning “opinion.”

  1. To describe any Jew as “orthodox” is to say, in effect, that he has true or correct opinions.

  2. Hence, to call any Jew “ultra-orthodox” is absurd.

  3. Now, since the opinions of orthodox Jews are, by definition, true, the opinions of non-orthodox Jews are, by definition, untrue.

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