Paul Eidelberg

The Torah, one of many documents defining a Jew, the nature of God, and the elements of faith. It could be the blueprint for a Godly Israel. And a key source of the rule of law in Israel--or it should be. Is the ingathering of the Jews in the offing? But these Jews must turn to God, Whom their leaders, and the public in Israel, seem to have forsaken. (What parallels exist between Judaism and George Lucas' Jedi ideal?) It names many heroes, including Abraham and Sarah. The Torah, one of many documents defining a Jew, the nature of God, and the elements of faith. It could be the blueprint for a Godly Israel. And a key source of the rule of law in Israel--or it should be. Is the ingathering of the Jews in the offing? But these Jews must turn to God, Whom their leaders, and the public in Israel, seem to have forsaken. (What parallels exist between Judaism and George Lucas' Jedi ideal?) It names many heroes, including Abraham and Sarah.

What is a Jew?

Part I. What is a Jew?

This question is more relevant than ever because the core of the conflict between democratic America and Israel on the one hand, and autocratic Islam on the other, is an all-compassing theological conflict; and it seems that neither America nor Israel possesses the spiritual leadership capable of dealing with this conflict. This is especially true of America, as was evident in the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC).

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The Presidential Seal. Executive orders are a Presidential prerogative, though how far they may go is another question. The Presidential Seal. Executive orders are a Presidential prerogative, though how far they may go is another question.

Reflections On Presidential Government And Related Issues

“A people may be unprepared for good institutions, but to kindle a desire for them is a necessary part of the preparation.” John Stuart Mill so observed in his Representative Government. Likewise The Alter of Kelm includes this aphorism: “Ask not if a thing is possible; ask only if it is necessary.” Today let us ask whether a presidential system of government is necessary for Israel.

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Flawed policies come from a flawed election system of proportional representation and endless coalition government. Israel turns out to be a democratically elected despotism. In fact its policies cast doubt on whether Israel is a Jewish State or not. A Prime Minister who changes this system can become truly great. But it means ditching Israel's democratic reputation. The Likud Party make it worse when, dependent on Arab votes, they let insurrection slide. Flawed policies come from a flawed election system of proportional representation and endless coalition government. Israel turns out to be a democratically elected despotism. In fact its policies cast doubt on whether Israel is a Jewish State or not. A Prime Minister who changes this system can become truly great. But it means ditching Israel's democratic reputation. The Likud Party make it worse when, dependent on Arab votes, they let insurrection slide.

Likud and Benjamin Netanyahu: time to call a spade a spade

Knesset member Ayoub Kara, who represents the Druze community, is a member of the Likud Party. Referring to how he has been abused by Arab MKs during committee hearings, Kara declared on Israeli radio: “I see myself as an integral part of the Israeli people, but if they [these Arab MKs] see themselves as Palestinians, how can they be permitted to be legislators in our Knesset, or to take part in Israel’s crucial decisions on the Golan, Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, and the like?”

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Israel, Judea and Samaria (occupied territories?), and Gaza. All these are the real Jewish and Israeli birthright, from the beginning. A God-given birthright, as Trump should recognize.. Which now-in-force international law and treaties recognize, going back to the San Remo Resolution. Even UN Resolution 242 couldn't change that. Disengagement from any of them spells disaster. A two-state solution violates this birthright. (As a candidate for ambassador clearly understands.) Why won't the Likud Party protect this birthright? Why do some accuse champions of Judea-Samaria of having crypto-Nazi tendencies? What can dispel the confusion on this point? And will The New York Times correct their own record in this regard? Or does a generation of the unteachable prevent a properly sober discussion? And now a new battle cry sounds: no taxation without annexation. Where is the proper statecraft Israel needs? Note: Israel is also a safer place for Christians than any other country in the Middle East. Israel, Judea and Samaria (occupied territories?), and Gaza. All these are the real Jewish and Israeli birthright, from the beginning. A God-given birthright, as Trump should recognize.. Which now-in-force international law and treaties recognize, going back to the San Remo Resolution. Even UN Resolution 242 couldn't change that. Disengagement from any of them spells disaster. A two-state solution violates this birthright. (As a candidate for ambassador clearly understands.) Why won't the Likud Party protect this birthright? Why do some accuse champions of Judea-Samaria of having crypto-Nazi tendencies? What can dispel the confusion on this point? And will The New York Times correct their own record in this regard? Or does a generation of the unteachable prevent a properly sober discussion? And now a new battle cry sounds: no taxation without annexation. Where is the proper statecraft Israel needs? Note: Israel is also a safer place for Christians than any other country in the Middle East.

A Palestinian has no foundation in international law

Editor’s Note: this article first appeared on 21 January 1994. Prof. Eidelberg intended a direct legal challenge to the Israeli-PLO or “Oslo” Accords. Yitzhak Rabin, of course, served as Prime Minister at the time. Eidelberg seeks to show that these agreements have no standing in international law and violate Israeli law.

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