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Steps That Will Improve Israel

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

Back in April 1986, a bomb exploded in a Berlin nightclub. This was the latest act of international terrorism of which Libya was clearly implicated. Two Americans were killed in that bombing. In retaliation, President Ronald Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya.

In less than two years, 720 Jews — equivalent in population terms to 39,600 Americans or 13 September 11s — have been murdered by Arab terrorists under the Sharon Government. Not only does Sharon refrain from aerial bombardment of Arab military targets — the policy of the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq — but he has deliberately refused to pursue a policy of zero-tolerance for Arab terrorism. (See The Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2002.) Sharon gives the enemy more time to accumulate more and deadlier weapons to kill more Jews.

There is but one way to deal with Arafat: utterly defeat and disarm his army and try him as a war criminal according to international law. To meet with his representatives disarms and degrades Israel. Arab violence must be totally suppressed.

No nation at war — and Israel is at war — can survive without national unity. But there can be no national unity in Israel unless its prime minister exhibits Jewish national pride on the one hand, and Jewish national purpose on the other. Hence the first thing that Israel’s Government must do, after crushing Arafat and his PLO-Palestinian army, is to proclaim absolute Jewish sovereignty over the Temple Mount, all of Jerusalem, and all of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza. Territorial compromise is a formula for disaster. The enemy’s ambition extends beyond the Green Lines.

Second, the Government should inaugurate a system of education that imbues all students with solid knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history, as well as with love of the Jewish people and Eretz Israel.

Third, the Government must initiate legislation that would repeal the “grandfather clause” of the Law of Return, which has enabled hundreds of thousands of gentiles to enter Israel.

Fourth, the vast majority of Israel’s Arab citizens identify themselves as “Palestinians,” and their Arab representatives in the Knesset violate the law prohibiting any party that negates the Jewish character of the State. These Arab MKs must be expelled from the Knesset, and those who have engaged in sedition should be deported. Also, the 1952 Nationality Act should be enforced. This act empowers the Minister of Interior to nullify the citizenship of any Israel national that commits an act of disloyalty to the State.

Fifth, at least 60 members of the Knesset should be individually elected by, and accountable to, the voters in regional elections.

Sixth, the judges of the Supreme Court should not be involved in the appointment of their successors. They should be nominated by a Presidential council of legal and rabbinical experts and confirmed by the Knesset.

Seventh, to promote justice, a jury system, with qualified private citizens, should be introduced into Israel, as should civilian parole boards. (The latter will preclude the arbitrary release of terrorists.) Also, the Knesset should enact a law that would enable the victims of Arab terrorism to sue, without any statute of limitation, terrorists as well as any Arab state or organization responsible for such criminal acts.

Eighth, the Knesset should enfranchise Israelis living abroad to augment their interest in Israel and thereby encourage many to return. (Enfranchisement would also increase the influence of Jewish vote.)

Ninth, the Government should accelerate privatization and Jewish settlement. For these two purposes the Government it should (a) promote capital investment and a homestead act in Judea and Samaria, and (b) move certain government ministries to these areas.

Finally, the Knesset should form a Constituent Assembly for the purpose of adopting a constitution based on Jewish principles and values. The constitution should incorporate the Foundations of Law Act of 1980, which was intended to make Jewish law “first among equals” among the various legal systems used in Israel.


from the February 2003 Edition of the Jewish Magazine




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