Archive for April, 2008

Churchill, the Jews, and the Arabs

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, April 28, 2008.

Since anti-Semitism is sweeping cross England and Europe, I want to read some passages from England’s greatest statesman, Winston Churchill, who, more than any other man, saved England Europe from Nazi tyranny.

I propose to read passages from Churchill’s official biographer Sir Martin Gilbert, whose recent book, Churchill & the Jews (2007) is fascinating.

Before I begin, I want to point out that Churchill was first and foremost a British statesman, and his duties as a British statesmen must be taken into account in any assessment one makes of his attitude toward Jews and Palestine.

Despite the anti-Zionist attitude of many of his Conservative Party colleagues, Churchill was steadfast in his support of the Jews, as Gilbert thoroughly documents. » Continue reading “Churchill, the Jews, and the Arabs”

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Curbing Judicial Despotism

Edited transcript of the Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio. April 14, 2008.

A Jerusalem Post article of April 11, 2008 says: “Former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak has called on Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to fire Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, whom he accused of threatening to destroy Israeli democracy.”

Barak’s statement is either disingenuous or rooted in willful ignorance. Israel cannot honestly be deemed a democracy if only because Barak’s notorious dictum, that “everything is justiciable,” renders the unelected Supreme Court superior to the legislative and executive branches of government. Indeed, if “everything is justiciable” the Court can prescribe the morality or way of life of the Jewish people: Consider a few judicial rulings:

  • ● The Court ignored the Attorney General’s decision, affirmed by the Knesset Elections Committee, to disqualify the Balad Party for violating Basic Law: The Knesset, which prohibits any party that negates the Jewish character of the State. » Continue reading “Curbing Judicial Despotism”

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Deeply Worried

YouTube video—Gingrich: “I am really deeply worried.”

Must view, ponder, worry, and disseminate as widely as possible.

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We Need Him Now

Reagan: Here's My Strategy

‘Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose.'
—Ronald Reagan » Continue reading “We Need Him Now”

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Passover Greetings

To the members and supporters of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, which alone has designed a constitution based on classical democratic principles assimilated to the Torah’s conception of man’s creation in the Image of God, a constitution that would correct the flawed ideological foundation as well as the flawed institutional structure of modern Israel, a constitution, therefore, that would secure Israel’s future as a Godly Nation that empowers and dignifies the Jewish People, we extend our sincere wishes for a joyful and meaningful Passover.

Paul Eidelberg, President
Eleonora Shifrin, Executive Director

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The Unknown Origin of Post-Zionism: The Flawed Conceptual Foundations of the State of Israel

Extracted (apart from the conclusion) from Paul Eidelberg, Demophrenia: Israel and the Malaise of Democracy, 1994.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, post-Zionism did not begin with the Oslo or Israel-PLO Agreement of September 13, 1993. Zionism ceased to activate Israel’s political elites immediately after the 1948-49 War of Independence.

To understand this phenomenon, we must go back even before the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 and examine the mentality of its ruling elites.

European education profoundly influenced the founders and faculties of Israel's academic institutions. Historical or cultural relativism has ever flourished in Israel's secular universities. Martin Buber wrote: “There is no scale of values for the [world-historical] function of peoples. One cannot be ranked above another.” It is in this light that we are to understand why this Hebrew University professor and his colleague, Dr. Judah Magnes (the university's first president), favored a bi-national Arab-Jewish state in the land of Israel. In 1947, they declared in a joint statement:

We do not favour Palestine as a Jewish country or Palestine as an Arab country, but a bi-national Palestine as the common country of two peoples…. » Continue reading “The Unknown Origin of Post-Zionism: The Flawed Conceptual Foundations of the State of Israel”

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Beneath the Fear of Democracy

Eidelberg Report, Israel National Radio, April 7, 2008.

Part I

In Caroline Glick’s article “Fear of Democracy” (The Jerusalem Post, April 4), we learn that the UN’s Human Rights Counsel instructed its expert on freedom of expression to report to the Council on all instances in which individuals “abuse” their freedom of speech by giving expression to racial or religious bias. Since Egypt and Pakistan proposed this resolution, it was surely intended to stifle criticism of Islam.

This attempt to stifle freedom of expression, as Glick observes, violates Article 19 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

The European members of the Council failed to oppose an Islamic inspired resolution that violates, as Glick says, “one of the most basic tenets of Western civilization.” » Continue reading “Beneath the Fear of Democracy”

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What I Have Told Americans

To radically change Israel’s dysfunctional system of government, which is leading to Israel’s demise, one has to know a little bit about Clausewitz’s concept of ‘the center of gravity.’

As I wrote thirty years ago in Sadat’s Strategy, an enemy’s ‘center of gravity’ is the necessary but vulnerable precondition of its strength. With respect to Israel, Clausewitz’s dictum that in “small states dependent on greater ones, it lies generally in the army of their allies would seem to apply. However, since the army or military power of Israel’s ally, the United States, cannot itself be directly attacked, it must be outflanked by an assault on public opinion”—in a democracy, a force more powerful than armies.

Clausewitz’s dictum prompted Anwar Sadat to shift his allegiance from Moscow to Washington in 1975. » Continue reading “What I Have Told Americans”

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The Likud and Toppling the Olmert Government

Before pondering the title of this short article, please read those sections of Israel’s Penal Law defining acts that constitute treason:

  1. the category of acts which “impair the sovereignty” of the State of Israel—section 97(a);

  2. the category of acts which “impair the integrity” of the State of Israel— section 97(b);

  3. the category of acts under section 99 which give assistance to an “enemy” in war against Israel, which the Law specifically states includes a terrorist organization;

  4. the category of acts in section 100 which evince an intention or resolve to commit one of the acts prohibited by sections 97 and 99. » Continue reading “The Likud and Toppling the Olmert Government”

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Bring Down the Olmert Government

The only topic for serious people is what means can be used to topple the Olmert government?—means that will preclude the ascendancy of a cowardly and treacherous government!—Paul Eidelberg

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