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By Paul Eidelberg

An American Political Scientist in Israel recounts the author's conferences with a few of Israel's political and highbrow leaders after he immigrated to Israel in 1976. His booklet unearths, for the 1st time, the wrong mentality of those elites and the way this impacts their overseas coverage. As a political scientist and pupil of the America's Founding Fathers, he presents a qualified critique of Israel's ideological and institutional flaws. Eidelberg additionally presents an in depth account of Israel's monetary and technological contribution to the USA. opposite to standard opinion, greenback for buck, the U.S. gets extra from Israel than Israel gets from the us! eventually, Eidelberg deals a therapy for Israel's woes. He first exhibits that even though Israel, is a democracy from a sociological standpoint, it isn't a democracy from a political-institutional point of view. not just does Israel lack a written structure with institutional tests and balances, yet participants of the legislature will not be separately in charge to the electorate in constituency elections. working in Israel isn't really consultant govt a lot as multi-party cupboard govt ruled via the top minister. Eidelberg has accordingly drafted a structure that empowers the folks and is in keeping with easy Judaic rules.

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As in 1938, however, Western political and intellectual elites see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. As Lenin once said of them, they are blind-deaf-mutes. Notes 1. Irrelevant references to the former Soviet Union have been omitted, as have a few other passages made irrelevant by the passage of time, but which may obscure the thesis of this chapter. 2. Sadat, In Search of Identity, 13. 3. Hitler was thirty years old when Germany was defeated in 1918. Sadat was thirty years old when Egypt was defeated in 1948.

10 Muhammad Anwar El Sadat became Presi­dent of Egypt in 1970. Two years later, in a speech celebrating the birthday of Muhammad, Sadat declared, with reference to the Jews: “The most splendid thing the Prophet Muhammad did was to drive them out of the whole Arabian Peninsula . . They are a nation of liars and traitors, contri­vers of plots, a people born for the deeds of treach­ ery. . I promise you . . we shall send them back to their former status . . ’”11 Many well-intentioned people hope that Sadat has overcome his earlier prejudices or that his earlier statements were mere rhetorical appeals.

If Sadat merely wants to wipe out the consequences of the Six-Day War, then he merely wants to recover for the Arab world the territories lost in that war. So much would be in accord with the policy of peace which public opinion in the democratic world associ­ates with the Egyptian dictator. If, however, Sadat wants to erase the consequences of Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, then his ultimate objective is simply to erase the state of Israel—the March 1979 treaty notwithstanding. We are speculating, but the peculiarities of Sadat’s autobiography, to say nothing of the peculiarities, even contradictions, of his other public statements, require the most earnest and careful speculation.

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