Archive for February, 2008

Monotheism and the Temple Mount—Postscript

 

China and Science

Some readers took exception to my statement that science did not develop among the Chinese. This is the position advanced by philosopher-scientist Alfred North Whitehead. In his marvelous book, Science and the Modern World, he writes:

“… there have been in China acute and learned men patiently devoting their lives to study. Having regard to the span of time, and to the population concerned, China forms the largest volume of civilization which the world has seen. There is no reason to doubt the intrinsic capacity of individual Chinamen for the pursuit of science. » Continue reading “Monotheism and the Temple Mount—Postscript”

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There are No Self-Hating Jews

The “self-hating Jew,” an idea bandied about especially by prominent Israelis of the so-called Right, is utterly misleading. Far more significant and revealing about that Jew is his fear or lack of courage: the courage to stand alone in a world hostile to Judaism.

And what applies to the fearful Jew applies the fearful State of Israel.

To take this a step further and deeper, however, this fearfulness is nothing less than the fear to acknowledge the existence of the God of Israel and the demands or obligations such cognizance makes on the Jewish People. » Continue reading “There are No Self-Hating Jews”

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The Brzezinski/Obama Axis

Edited Transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, February 25, 2008.

I. Who is Zbigniew Brzezinski?

It was reported in The New York Sun on February 15 that Barack Hussein Obama has chosen Zbigniew Brzezinski to advise him on Middle East policy.

Back in 1985, I wrote an article on Brzezinski for The Intercollegiate Review. Before citing some of the more relevant passages of that article, it should be borne in mind that Brzezinski, a political scientist, served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser. One does not have to read Carter’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid to know that Carter is an anti-Semite. Brzezinski has earned the same reputation.

Not only has Brzezinski publicly defended the anti-Semitic canard that the relationship between America and Israel is the result of Jewish pressure, but he also signed a letter demanding dialogue with Hamas, whose charter calls for Israel’s destruction. » Continue reading “The Brzezinski/Obama Axis”

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Bernard Lewis on Electoral Reform

The Jerusalem Conference concluded Wednesday night with a packed-house lecture by Bernard Lewis, a world-renowned expert on Islamic history and the relationship between Islam and the West. An author of 30 books, Lewis coined the phrase “clash of civilizations” in his work The Roots of Muslim Rage, written 11 years before 9/11.

Electoral Reform

“Israeli democracy, like its other edges, is in danger—and here I would like to put in a word for electoral reform. There is no direct election here, and therefore the representatives are not held accountable to anyone other than their party leaders and directorates. In addition, minor splinter groups are granted more importance than they deserve proportionally, and the entire system encourages corruption.” [Emphasis added.]

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Monotheism and the Temple Mount

Some pundits would have us believe that the three “monotheistic” faiths have an equal claim to the Temple Mount. No impartial observer can deny, however, that the Temple Mount, indeed, of Jerusalem as a whole, is far more central to Judaism than to Christianity and Islam. Besides, the sanctity of the Temple Mount derives from Judaism, not from the two later and derivative religions.

Thus, in I Kings 9:3, Hashem says to Solomon: “I have sanctified this Temple that you have built, to place My Name there forever …” Similarly in II Kings 21:7: “In this Temple and in Jerusalem … I shall place My Name forever.” Finally, in Isaiah 2:3 we read: “Many peoples will go and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of Hashem, to the Temple of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths.’ For from Zion will the Torah go forth, and the word of Hashem from Jerusalem.”

Appealing to Scripture, however, will not resolve the issue of the Temple Mount. » Continue reading “Monotheism and the Temple Mount”

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Rockets From Gaza: Facts and Figures

Tom Carew of Dublin, Ireland, is on the Board of Advisers of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy.

This article should be disseminated as widely as possible, especially to journalists, think tanks, and policy-makers especially in Israel and the USA.—Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Executive Summary

If the current rate of fire continues, by the end of 2008, over 4,500 rockets and mortar shells will have been fired by Palestinian terrorist organisations based in Gaza.

Since 2001 rocket and mortar shell fire has been directly responsible for the deaths of 24 Israelis and the wounding of 620. This statistic does not take into account the massive psychological cost borne by the 190,000 Israelis who live within striking range. With a population almost ten times that of Israel, the corresponding UK figures would be 240 killed and 6,200 wounded in a city the size of Newcastle. » Continue reading “Rockets From Gaza: Facts and Figures”

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The Man Who Would Be President—Or, the Manchurian Candidate?

Contributed by Arlene Peck

Recently, I forced myself to attend a debate called “The Israeli-Palestinian Debate,” which is the continuing diatribe of a former Israeli now based in Los Angeles, Josef Avesar. When I said ‘forced,’ it’s because I knew I would return home with my blood pressure substantially elevated after another one of Mr. Avesar’s events. These are usually composed of group of individuals of various backgrounds meeting to ‘discuss’ how creating a confederation through private election is the way to go to achieve elusive peace in the Middle East.

Their premise requires a set number of delegates representing the population of the entire area of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, to be elected from the district in which he or she resides. Of course, it also presumes that the electorates are rational citizens of a democratic nation.

I knew that those who usually attend these meeting are the very same leftists who will continue to advocate for democratic socialism up to the point where they are marched into the ovens or beheaded. They don't have a clue as to what is happening in the real world. » Continue reading “The Man Who Would Be President—Or, the Manchurian Candidate?”

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Toward the Fourth Commonwealth

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg, Israel National Radio, February 18, 2008.

Part I. The Third Commonwealth

There is no shortage of prophets of doom and gloom in Israel today. What is one to expect from a prime minister who, speaking for himself and his political colleagues, said in New York in June 2005, “We are tired of being courageous.” One has to be a total jackass to make such as statement—surely heard or read by Israel’s enemies. What does this confession of moral and intellectual bankruptcy indicate?

That such a dangerous fool—a blabbermouth—remains in power is enough evidence to indicate that Israeli politicians not only lack genuine patriotism, but have also raised the white flag to the enemy. » Continue reading “Toward the Fourth Commonwealth”

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Israel’s Ruling Elites and the “Politics of Peace”

Some say that if the Arab missiles falling on Sderot were to fall on the Knesset, the Olmert Government would order the IDF to retaliate with overwhelming force. It should be borne in mind, however, that the government has constructed bombproof shelters for such an eventuality.

Still, if the Arabs were to bomb and level the Knesset, this might not be an unmitigated disaster, notwithstanding the national disgrace—which has already reached an all-time high. Do not rush to judgment. Sarcasm aside, my purpose is to expose the “politics of peace” that emanates from Israel’s parliament, the insidious road to power of Israel’s ruling elites.

During the past two or three decades, preserving the nation’s honor does not seem to have overly concerned Israeli prime ministers. Notice how they have hobnobbed with Arab terrorists, the murderers of Jewish women and children. » Continue reading “Israel’s Ruling Elites and the “Politics of Peace””

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A Coward for Prime Minister

The above title is identical to that used in an article written by Jerusalem Post analyst Caroline Glick on June 21, 2005, when Ariel Sharon was Israel’s prime minister. The title surely applies to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who told a New York audience “we are tired of being courageous”—this, on June 9, 2005, when he was Vice Prime Minister.

Olmert’s mindless self-incrimination reveals more than meets the eye. It means that he and his cowardly colleagues want to surrender to Arab terrorists—of course under the façade of seeking “peace.” The trouble is that unlike Israel’s ruling elites, Arabs are willing to fight and die—and go on fighting and dying—to achieve their ultimate objective—Israel’s annihilation.

This is the true story of Israel’s mendacious peace process. Very much the same story is leading to Islam’s conquest of Europe. Yes, and this Big Lie of the Middle East facilitates and hastens Islam’s proclaimed objective, the conquest of America. » Continue reading “A Coward for Prime Minister”

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