American Political Scientist in Israel: From Athens to by Paul Eidelberg

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 ebook unearths, for the 1st time, the wrong mentality of those elites and the way this impacts their overseas coverage. As a political scientist and scholar of the America's Founding Fathers, he offers a qualified critique of Israel's ideological and institutional flaws. Eidelberg additionally presents a close account of Israel's financial and technological contribution to the us. opposite to standard opinion, buck for buck, the USA gets extra from Israel than Israel gets from the USA! eventually, Eidelberg deals a therapy for Israel's woes. He first exhibits that even supposing Israel, is a democracy from a sociological standpoint, it isn't a democracy from a political-institutional standpoint. not just does Israel lack a written structure with institutional assessments and balances, yet individuals of the legislature aren't separately dependable to the citizens in constituency elections. working in Israel isn't consultant executive rather a lot as multi-party cupboard executive ruled by means of the leading minister. Eidelberg has for this reason drafted a structure that empowers the folks and is in line with uncomplicated Judaic ideas.

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It is a commentary on our times that even intellectuals were misled. They should have seen the Sadat “peace initiative” not only as a grotesque swindle, but as a transparent one. The same conclusion may be reached by cultural analysis of the slogan “no more war” which Sadat used during the English-language international press conference held shortly after his Knesset speech. Those who admire Sadat as a devout Muslim should take seriously the fact that this slogan, coming from him, is a fundamental violation of the Islamic religion.

Sadat was highly rewarded for coming to Jerusalem and switching his allegiance from Moscow to Washington. In addition to his becoming the recipient of American arms, he recovered the entire Sinai with its highly sophisticated Israeli-built air bases and Jewish-developed Alma oil fields—in all a $17 billion infrastructure. Begin, reputedly an ultra-Zionist, also agreed to abandon the strategic Jewish settlements in the Rafiah salient, the coastal invasion route to Tel Aviv. Even the Labor Party was shocked by this wholesale surrender to Sadat’s demands.

8 billion. Egypt ranked as the third largest purchaser of arms in the entire developing world, following only population giants China and India. It has the tenth largest standing army in the world, well over twice the size of Israel’s. S. ” I too shared in this enthusiasm. With the benefit of retrospect, however, we see that the treaty did palpable harm in at least two ways. First, it opened the American arsenal and provided American funding to purchase the latest in weaponry. As a result, for the first time in the Arab-Israeli conflict, an Arab armed force may have reached parity with its Israeli counterpart.

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