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Same Issues Facing Israel at the Beginning of Its 60th Year of Independence May 14, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in Arab states, Constitution, democracy, elections, Israel, Middle East, news, Palestinians, peace, politics, survey, United States.
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While Israel celebrates 60 years of Independence, political whirlwinds swirl across the nation. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will likely be indicted for corruption. While Foreign Minister Tipzni Livni is preparing to step into the PM position should Olmert leave office, Olmert continues to negotiate away Golan Heights, Samaria, Judea and Eastern Jerusalem with Palestinian leader Abbas and other anti-Zionists. As Olmert plans for peace talk with Hamas via Egyptain diplomats, Hamas continues bombing Sderot and Ashkelon.1

It is difficult to understand why PM Olmert continues his no-Palestinian compliance implementation of the Road Map to peace, but Prof. Paul Eidelberg, President of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, gives us a clue. Prof. Eidelberg says multiculturalists liberals like PM Olmert have developed what he defines as demophrenia, which is a schizophrenic-like blindness to reality.2 The reality is ordinary Palestinians democratically elected Hamas to represent them. They want Hamas to maintain Islamic law and the pre-1948 anti-Zion position. The bombs exploding in Israel’s cities is glaring evidence that the Palestinians and their leaders have no real intentions of honoring the Road Map or any other treaty.

When Ben Gurion and other Israeli leaders signed the Declaration of Independence on May 4, 1948, they created a Jewish state in which principles of Torah and democracy would guide the nation. This was outlined in my previous article on the subject. At the same time, they agreed to the two-state plan outlined by U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 for the ancient land. Israeli Jews complied with their part of the United Nations agreements, the surrounding Arabs Nations did not. Instead, they launched a multi-pronged military attack to eliminate the rising Zionist state from the Arab nation.

The continued use of the term Arab nation by Hamas and many other Islamic peoples is instructive. It depicts the vision of a single Islamic empire in the Middle East. This imperial vision rooted in Qu’ranic and Ottoman history is still being frustrated both by western imperial rule and the continued existence of the Jewish state. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, it was the dominating rule of the more powerful pax Britannia. Since then, it has been pax Americana that has hindered Islamic imperial aspirations.

The war of Israel’s independence was won not by any imperial military power but by the divinely blessed determination of the Jewish people. The odds of a relatively small nation of people defeating the armies of multiple Islamic nations was small. This fait accompli is reminiscent of the biblical battles won by the ancient nation of Jews. When Israel was fulfilling God’s will, they won every time.

What the Arab nations failed to accomplish in 1948, the creation of the PLO was meant to achieve. The PLO initiated the 6-Day War that resulted in the liberation of Jerusalem and other parts of the ancient land. The liberation of the land was not a goal sought after by the Israel’s government. It was simply taken in defense of the nation’s collective existence. Yet, the Palestinians fighters did expose those areas of geographic vulnerability that today still require Israel’s possession for Israel’s national security.

It is true the Jews agreed to two states in the ancient land. They agreed to do so for peaceful coexistence, but peace only exists with two cooperating parties. Since the establishment of the Jewish state, they have had to fight against an intractable but defeated aggressor who only recently claims willingness to play by the rules. Few nations on earth, if any, exist because they gave back lands they were forced by war to take in order to survive. Yet, United States and other world leaders demand Israel do what they never would or could.

During Independence Day celebrations, citizens of the Jewish state of Israel will remember 60 years of continuous hostilities with a people always desirous to eliminate their Jewish national existence. After such a long time, one would think that the Jewish people and their leaders would see the two-state solution as an impossible goal. Before the unilateral disengagement from Gaza, surveys revealed that the majority of people were against land for peace deal with Syria but they favored the unilateral disengagement plan for Gaza.3 Then as now, the primary concern was the end of violence against Jews in Gaza. Since then, polls show that the majority no longer favor further withdraws.4 Yet, a slight majority still favor the two-state solution.5 Maybe demophrenia affects too many citizens as well, but not every one is blind to the reality that the so-called occupation exists on useless paper and in the minds of those whose dream of a renewed Islamic imperialism.

The Palestinian Authority (PLO) has never complied with international agreements including the stipulation to end all terrorist attacks. In a recent press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, PA President Mahmoud Abbas called on Hamas leaders to end their coup to hold new elections for governance of the whole of Gaza and the West Bank. Columnist David Singer rightly interprets Abbas’ statement as a rejection of the Road Map’s requirement to dismantle all terrorist organization and aggression against Israel.6. Recent bombing of Ashkelon reveals the resistance to Israel’s existence has yet to subside. Abbas told the Jordanian daily al-Dustor that he not only was opposed to calling Israel a Jewish state but also requiring Hamas to acknowledge its right to exist. He only required it of the unity government. More importantly, he said, “At this time, I object to the armed struggle, since we are unable to conduct it; however, in future stages things may change…” 7.

The distrust voiced by citizens of the Jewish state towards both the Palestinians and their leaders is well founded. Originally, Likud party leader Ariel Sharon was elected as Prime Minister because he was presumably opposed Oslo. He and his replacement Ehud Olmert betrayed the party and the settlers they had help to establish to implement Labor’s disengagement plan by forming Kadima.8 Their betrayal lead to thousands of traumatized homeless citizens and to the escalation of violence and war by Islamic terrorist. If PM Olmert has his way, thousands of more citizens living in Judea, Samaria, and east Jerusalem will be made homeless as well.

It is hoped that during Israel’s 60th year of statehood, citizens of Zion will achieve their freedom from the deceptions of failed political peace plans and the terrible affects it has had on the many of them. Making politicians directly accountable to voters through Constitutional reform is one step towards ending corruption in government and blatant disregard of the constituent trust exemplified by leaders like Sharon, Olmert, and others leaders. In a recent commentary, Prof. Eidelberg wrote:

If Israel is to survive, the institutions of the State will have to be radically overhauled. We shall need a constitution designed to maximize accountability, a precondition of the rule of law as opposed to the arbitrary rule of fools and scoundrels. We must make the Legislative and Executive and Judicial branches of government accountable to the People. As for the People, they must revitalize the Torah, the covenant of their forefathers, who knew they were accountable to God.9

Prof. Eidelberg explains how this can occur in a 2002 paper titled Israel’s Problem, and Getting Back to a National Camp.

… members of the Legislature must be INDIVIDUALLY elected and accountable to the voters. This means we must eliminate fixed party lists and establish regional elections. Fixed party lists enables party leaders in the cabinet of the Executive branch to dominate the Legislature and to ignore Jewish public opinion BETWEEN elections. You cannot be a true Jewish nationalist if you tolerate a political system that enables nationally elected officials to compromise the PERMANENT interests and territorial assets of the Jewish people. Hence Israel needs a political system that broadens the political horizons of legislators by inducing them to represent diverse groups and opinions, which can only be accomplished by regional elections the practice of every democracy. Regional elections will increase the power of Jewish voters, decrease the power of parties, make the Legislature more independent of the Executive, and thereby establish, for the first time in Israel’s history, a system of checks and balances essential to good government.

However, you cannot have a Jewish democracy so long as the Supreme Court not only determines its own membership, but also champions the indiscriminate equality and normless freedom of secular democracy at the expense of Jewish principles and values. Therefore, judges should be nominated by the President and confirmed by the democratically elected Legislature, and they should not have the power to nullify laws enacted by the representatives of the people.

To promote a public philosophy and national unity, as well as balanced government and the rule of law, a concise constitution is essential, one clearly and proudly based on Jewish principles and values.10

If you would like to help make the needed Constitutional changes, read and sign the Petition for Constitutional Change.

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NOTES:

1. Daily Israel Report, 12 May 2008.

2. “Does Olmert Have a Mental Disorder?,” The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, 13 May 2008.

3. Aaron Lerner, “3 Disengagement Polls,” IMRA, 16 April 2004

4. “Poll: Israelis opposed to further withdrawals,” The Jerusalem Post, 19 March 2008; Dr. Aaron Lerner, “Poll: 20% Support evacuation of all communities if Palestinians fulfill all obligations in final deal,” IMRA, 23 November 2007.

5. “Peace Index Poll: Israeli Jews: 47%:40% peace process” historic mistake, 23% favor Green Line as future border,” IMRA, 10 April 2008.

6. “Abbas Tears Up The Road Map,” Canadian Free Press, 7 May 2008.

7. “Abbas in Briefing to Jordanian Daily Al-Dustour: I Am Against the Armed Struggle – But In Future Stages Things May Change,” Special Dispatch Series No. 1861, MEMRI, 6 March 2008.

8. Yehud Poch, “Complete Betrayal,” Israel Insider, 21 November 2005; Rick Kelly, “Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the putrefaction of official Israeli politics,” WSWS, 8 June 2006; Carl in Jerusalem, “Olmert announces he will divide Jerusalem,” Israel Matsav, 1 January 2008.

9. “No Accountability in Israel: On a sham democracy,” The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, 5 February 2008.

10. The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy, 5 February 2002.

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1. Pauli Ojala - May 17, 2008

Who has heard that in the 1930’s Bagdad every 3rd citizen was a native Jew? The Sefardi (Safrati) Jews have a 400 year old history and the Mizrahi Jews over 2,500 year old history in the Middle East – outside the location of the state of Israel (Palestine).

Here’s the statistics regarding not ONLY the expelsion of Jews from various Moslim countries in the last 60 years that Israel has been an independent state, but also numbers expelled from the Europe in a longer time interval. The Jews are no settlers of colonialism:
http://www.helsinki.fi/~pjojala/Expelled-Jews-statistics.htm

Statistics, not Zionism. 60 years of survival. When the military means have lacked the power, it is now a time of a media war to spit on the Jews and curse the Jewish Scriptures. Both the Old and New Testament were written by Jews. Although Jasser Arafat in his books claimed that there never was any Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and that Jesus was not a Jew, he could not deceive the honest spectator

As a matter of fact, the population of Arabs (my beloved friends and brothers, just like the Jews, our common fathers) under the Israeli government was increased ten-fold (10X) in only 57 years. This is close to the world record for any tribe, nation, tongue or culture on the whole planet at the same time interval. The Sefardi Jews were expelled from Spain in the very date when Christoffer Colombo lifted up his anchors and sailed away from Spain. The Jews had to leave and their possessions were stolen. In the case of the Mizrahi, the Jews have lived for millennia all around the Middle East since the first exile of Israel 500 B.C., in what are now Muslim-dominated countries. While much has been made of the 700,000 Palestinians having been made homeless with the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, it’s peculiar that there is no official recognition of their Jewish counterparts. A greater number of Jews – some 856,000 – were forcefully expelled from Arab countries after the creation of the State of Israel, their homes forfeited, their belongings seized. They became refugees, migrating to Israel, mainly. But they did not spoke any Hebrew but Arabic and Farsi (Persian).

The Second Intifada is called the Oslo War. Israel has been forced to damage the very infrastructure she has constructed and administrated while hunting the weapons from the milittant “freedom fighters”. Between 1967-1993 roads, system of siewers (gutters, ditches), electricity supply, water supply, schools, health care system, and social welfare system to the West Bank and Gaza. Even for the Arab citizens of Israel, ideal was that everyody gets the same salar for the same job, with the same social benefits. This is stated in the law, officially. In contrast, even the official law in Jordan which has the peace treaty with Israel, it is forbidden for a Jew to live in the country. The health care services have been free for the Arab population, only a portion of the price of the drugs must have been paid by the patients. Under the administrations of Great Britain (1920-1947) or Jordan (1948-1967), no universities were established for the Arabs in the country. According to The Association of Arab Universitiesin mukaan (http://www.aaru.edu.jo/), in contrast, under the Israeli administration altogether six universities appeared during the time (of course by the force of the local Arab people, though). Also, since 1969 an independent newspaper has appeared in Jerusalem, which has NEVER been put under a censorship.

The Palestinian life expectancy increased from 48 to 72 years in 1967-1995. The death rate decreased by over 2/3 in 1970-1090 and the Israeli medical campaigns decreased the child deat rate from a level of 60 per 1000 in 1968 to 15 per 1000 in 2000. (An analogous figure was 64 in Iraq, 40 in Egypt, 23 in Jordan, and 22 in Syria in 2000). During 1967-1988 the amount of comprehensive schoold and second level polytechnic institutes for the Arabs was increased by 35%. During 1970-1986 the proportion of Palestinian women at the West Bank and Gaza not having gone to school decreased from 67 % to 32 %. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in West Bank and Gaza increased in 1968-1991 BKT from 165 US dollars to 1715 dollars (compare with 1630$ in Turkey, 1440$ in Tunis, 1050$ in Jordan, 800$ in Syria, 600$ in Egypt. and 400$ in Yemen).

One-fourth of the judgements of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations strike Israel. Out of the incidences dealt in the Security Counsil one-third is having to do with Israel. I think this resembles the hysteria seen in the Black Plague in Europe, when the European Jews were accused of the pandemia and burnt alive. (As an example, one the biggest Jewish populations in the continent was in Basel, Switzerland, and all the 4000 souls were burnt in one Rhein island.)

PLO was founded in 1964 – three years before the 6-day failed attack and occupation. The PLO articles openly state that it was not a project of the Palestinians but a project TO the Palestinians. They were commanded to literally sacrifice for them in the name of a greater war:
http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/mideast/plocov.htm

Pauli.Ojala@gmail.com
Helsinki, Finland

2. Daniel Downs - May 17, 2008

Thanks Pauli for adding valuable historical and statistical information for our understanding of the situation of Israel and the Palestinians. Too bad I can’t read Finnish. You have included extensive amounts of resources on your website.

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4. Pauli Ojala - June 12, 2008

Some corrections:
http://www.helsinki.fi/~pjojala/Expelled-Jews-statistics.htm

E.g. “…Also, the biggest generic drug factory in the world was recently established in Israel. Generating US$7 billion in annual revenues, Israel’s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) is the world’s largest generic pharmaceutical company. That is: to cure people with less money. TEVA makes generic versions of brand-name antibiotics, heart drugs, heartburn medications, and more – in all close to 200 global generic products, 700 compounds, and more than 2800 dosage forms and formulations. TEVA’s pharmaceuticals are used in some 20% of U.S. generic drug prescriptions. Examples of TEVA’s generics include lower-cost equivalents of such blockbusters as anti-depressant Prozac and cholesterol drug Mevacor. Nevertheless, in biotechnology and original drug development, about 400 experimental Israeli drugs have been approved or accepted in clinical phases.

As an example, the supranational Intel transferred the mass production of Centricon-processors to Israel, where ~20% of citizens possess university decrees (ranking 3rd in the world) but where the environment respects patents and are not plagiating every item they produce to others like the rocketting China.Intel was also offered an overall tax rate of 10%, which is about three times lower than that of US…”

Recovering from hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of the brain. Skull was drilled and stuff washed, after a prolonged head ache. But alive and kicking, ins Allah.

“Jesus, my Lord and Saviour. Make me a peace maker. Not of the Samuel Colt type of. Peace to Jeru-salem.”

Pauli Ojala, evolutionary critic
Biochemist, drop-out (MSci-Master of Sciing)


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