Author Archives: Paul Eidelberg

Israel at war

Six Days of War made Israel a superpower--except its leaders didn't grasp that fact.

Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East. By Michael B. Oren, former Ambassador from Israel to the United States. New York: Presidio Press, 2002.

What is a Jew?

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.

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).

Myths about Science

The 360 day year raises an interesting riddle for the modern science of astronomy. But the March for Science would never be about that.

First, let’s reflect on some not well-known facts in the history of science as well as about scientists. First the facts, then the myths.

Reflections On Presidential Government And Related Issues

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

“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.

The Enemy Within

Yitzhak Rabin might have signed his death warrant by accepting this prize for the Oslo Accords. And was he guilty of complicity in murder by so signing? Does Amalek rear his head in this form?

According to Rabbi Matis Weinberg, Amalek should be regarded not only as the sworn enemy of Israel, but of memory. Because Amalek is the enemy of significance, of transnational moral ideas and values.

The Pharaonic syndrome

Remembering Shemot and Bo, and defending the Land. Do Americans now choose bondage, as the Israelites once did during the Exodus? For that matter, do Israel's elites suffer from a Pharaonic syndrome as blinding as that which the Pharaoh of the Exodus suffered? Or will both peoples return to God and explicitly invoke His Name?

Many Israeli politicians, judges, academics, and journalists suffer from what I call the Pharaonic syndrome. We see this pathology most clearly in the pages of Exodus describing the behavior of the Egyptian Pharaoh.

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

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.

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?”

A Palestinian has no foundation in international law

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.

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.

Multicultural Moral Relativism: A Nation-Killer

A moral compass. Will the 2016 Presidential election show America has lost hers? Fortunately that did not happen. But moral relativism remains a threat to America and Israel.

Let’s begin with a brief definition of moral relativism and show how it affected Supreme Court rulings in the United States as well as in Israel.

The Operational Atheism of Islam: An Unconventional Assessment

A typical Muslim national flag: a crescent and star on a green field. Muslims use gradualism to extend this flag worldwide. Ironically, Islam also practices ioperational atheism with its absolute determinism.

Let’s begin with the definition of atheism as the absence of belief that any deities exist. Atheism is therefore contrasted with theism, a more complex and controversial concept.