Professor Paul Eidelberg
May 31, 2009
The world’s fixation on a Palestinian state is symptomatic of a worldwide disease. Some would diagnose this disease as Jew-hatred. Others would call it stupidity. Still others would say both. Let’s focus on stupidity, which, after all, accounts for much of human history.
It would take heavy tomes to document all the stupidity evoked by the Palestinian state issue. Still, let’s enumerate some points: first, about the Arabs in question, and second, geostrategic considerations.
is no Palestinian language and no Palestinian culture. The Arabs in question
are part of the Sunni Arab majority of the Middle East.
2) The Arabs don’t really want a separate independent state.
3) They lack the habits, the temperament, and skills required for independent and responsible statehood—as some of the following points make obvious:
4) They indoctrinate their children to hate Jews and Israel.
5) They train children to be jihadists.
6) They have used children as human bombs.
7) They elected a variety of thugs to rule over them.
8) They venerate a religion whose followers have slaughtered some 270 million human beings since the time of Muhammad.
Turning to geostrategic considerations:
isn’t enough room between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean
for two viable states. More than two million Arabs restricted to 2,323
square miles of Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”), and another
million Arabs squeezed into 141 square miles in Gaza, is a formula for
economic stagnation and discontent—a cauldron of envious hatred
of Israel fueled by one or another terrorist group.
10) The imagined state would be a constant threat to Jordan.
11) The imagined state would be split by Fatah and Hamas.
12) The imagined state, consisting of a dozen rival tribes and clans from the Middle East and North Africa, would invite Iran to quell any internal disturbance.
Now, please indulge my frankness: Aren’t you tired of being reminded of the poor “Palestinians” whose charming media call for “Death to Israel” and “Death to America”?
Alternatively, aren’t you tired of being reminded that the US Joint Chiefs of Staff warned that Israel must retain the Judean and Samarian highlands, the Jordan Rift, Gaza, the Golan Heights, etc., to avoid catastrophic attacks from its enemies?
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Aren’t you tired of hearing that the conflict in question is not a territorial conflict but an ideological conflict? This is so obvious that one might reasonably conclude that President Obama and his Middle East advisers are either Pavlovian idiots or Pavlovian Jew-hatters responding to a bell called “Israel.”
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Internationally known political scientist, author and lecturer, Eidelberg is the founder and president of The Foundation for Constitutional Democracy with offices in Jerusalem.
Prof. Eidelberg served in the United States Air Force where he held the rank of first lieutenant. He received his doctoral degree at the University of Chicago. He designed the electronic equipment for the first brain scanner at the Argonne Cancer Research Hospital.
Before immigrating to Israel in 1976, Prof. Eidelberg wrote a trilogy on America’s founding fathers: The Philosophy of the American Constitution, On the Silence of the Declaration of Independence, and a Discourse on Statesmanship.
In 1976 he joined the faculty of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has written several books on the Arab-Israel conflict and on Judaism. Demophrenia: Israel and the Malaise of Democracy analyses the mentality of Israel’s ruling elites. Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall, which has been translated into Hebrew and Russian, reveals the flaws inherent in Israel’s system of governance and how they may be remedied. A Jewish Philosophy of History investigates the world-historical events leading to the rebirth of Israel in 1948.
His latest publication, The Myth of Israeli Democracy, provides an abbreviated version of a Constitution which shows how to make Israel a genuine democracy based on a Jewish conception of freedom and equality.
is on the Advisory Council of the Ariel Center for Policy Research,
which has published many of his policy papers. In addition to writing
more than 1,000 articles for newspapers and scholarly journals in the
U.S. and Israel, he has a weekly program on Israel
Prof. Eidelberg has been lecturing throughout Israel and the United States. He conducts seminars on constitutions, diverse parliamentary electoral systems, Jewish law, and related topics at the Jerusalem center of the Foundation for Constitutional Democracy.
Web site: Foundation for Constitutional Democracy