Archive for August, 2007

A Postscript to Two Recent Articles

In his February 15, 2007 Paper, “The Illusion of 'Peace in Exchange for Territories,'” Dr. Mordechai Kedar of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies concludes: “The Arab demand for a return of all Palestinian refugees to pre-1967 Israel remains the core of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and this demand disguises Arab intentions to destroy Israel.”

Dr. Kedar's conclusion substantiates two articles of mine: “The Futility of Negotiating with Muslims” and “Organized Lying,” both written earlier this month. Let me clarify what is at stake here. » Continue reading “A Postscript to Two Recent Articles”

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The Futility of Negotiating with Muslims

I have long argued that negotiating with Muslims is an exercise in futility, and that the concept of “conflict resolution” purveyed by political science departments in the United States, Europe, and Israel is utterly foreign to Islamic mentality.

Gregory M. Davis reaches the same conclusion in a book subtitled Islam’s War Against the World (2006). He analyzes the three sources of Islam—the Koran, the Sira (the life of Mohammad), and the Hadith (traditions of Muhammad)—and demonstrates that the conflict between Islam and the West is irreconcilable.

The same conclusion appeared in a February 5, 2007 Front Page Magazine interview of Bill Warner, director of the Center for the Study of Political Islam. » Continue reading “The Futility of Negotiating with Muslims”

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A Desperate Situation Calls for Desperate Action

The establishment of a Palestinian state is almost a fait accompli. Such a state dooms the Jewish State of Israel.

In January 1988, the month after the eruption of the first intifada, the present writer saw that the national unity government led by Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir (Likud) and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin (Labor) lacked the courage to quell the insurrection. On that issue alone, the government had forfeited its legitimacy, a precondition of which is the ability to protect the lives and liberty of its people.

The craven character of the government was symptomatic of a terminal disease: the government would emasculate the IDF, demoralize the people, until Israel utterly succumbed to her implacable enemies and the insidious designs of the Saudi-oriented American State Department or former American officials on the Saudi payroll.

I therefore urged the establishment of a “Government in Exile” » Continue reading “A Desperate Situation Calls for Desperate Action”

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Desperately Needed: The Courage to Identify and Conquer the Enemy

Earlier today I wrote an all-too-brief account about five ingredients of national security:

  1. Wise and courageous leadership.
  2. A system of government that facilitates leadership.
  3. National morale.
  4. Knowledge of the enemy.
  5. Military power.

I said little about “knowledge of the enemy,” namely, Islam. » Continue reading “Desperately Needed: The Courage to Identify and Conquer the Enemy”

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Torah Government versus Israeli Democracy

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, August 27, 2007.

Part I: Kingship

Although Israelis may not merit a Torah government, I will show that a Torah government, with its king and Sanhedrin, is more democratic than Israeli democracy.

The Hebrew term for king, melech, primarily implies a chief “counselor,” a president whose intellectual and moral qualities warrant his elevation and authority. The Torah basis for kingship is in Deuteronomy (17:14-15): There it is said that when the Israelites come to the land G-d is giving them, they shall appoint a king from among their brethren, but they shall not appoint a foreigner.

Back in 1948, a Knesset committee considered a draft constitution containing a clause requiring Israel’s president to be Jewish. » Continue reading “Torah Government versus Israeli Democracy”

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On Revolution

First published December 10, 1994.

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 regime: deceit, betrayal, bloodshed, humiliation.

Perhaps, but Israel is sui generis—unique. Indeed, as one who has studied the basic causes and various occasions which lead to revolution, I can say with confidence that such is Israel's singular character that a violent revolution in this country is a virtual impossibility. » Continue reading “On Revolution”

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Two Responses to Rabbi Boteach

What do you think of these responses to Rabbi Boteach’s support of Giuliani?

“Most Christians are not so much against Rudi Giuliani because of his personal past, but because of his political views. He is an extremely liberal Catholic. He is in favor of abortions. He is in favor of gay marriage. He is in favor of gun control. He is in favor of National ID cards. » Continue reading “Two Responses to Rabbi Boteach”

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Imperfect People and High Office

An arument in support of Rudy. What do you think?


Imperfect People and High Office
by Shmuley Boteach ,
Aug. 26, 2007

Last week I spent time at the Christian Broadcasting Network headquarters in Virginia with Pat Robertson, who, amid some understandable disagreements on important issues, is not only a friend but, I believe, one of the best friends Israel has in the entire United States.

In discussing the US presidential race, we focused on Rudy Giuliani, who is extremely popular in the Jewish community for his stalwart support of Israel and hard line on Islamic fundamentalism—but somewhat less so among Evangelicals, given his two divorces. » Continue reading “Imperfect People and High Office”

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The Current Status of Israel’s National Security

A. There are various basic ingredients of national security, of which I will mention only five:

  1. First and foremost is wise and courageous leadership.

  2. Second is a system of government that facilitates leadership.

  3. Third is national morale.

  4. Fourth is knowledge of the enemy.

  5. Fifth is military power.

B. Notice I mention military power last. » Continue reading “The Current Status of Israel’s National Security”

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Why Rabbis Should Not Enter Politics

Rabbis should not run for political office. Why not? Because politics is dirty, and rabbis can’t wade in dirty water without getting dirty and undermining respect for the Torah.

Besides, few rabbis, today, are qualified to conduct affairs of state. Hardly any have engaged in serious and sustained study of classical and modern political science, which is to say the great works of statesmanship.

Of course, this is also true of the laity, but when the latter’s intellectual and moral shortcomings become manifest—a common occurrence—this does not sully Judaism like the failings of rabbis. » Continue reading “Why Rabbis Should Not Enter Politics”

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