Hazit: The Jewish National Front -- By Prof. Paul Eidelberg
Hazit “The Jewish National Front” joined by the Yamin Israel Party, stands for three basic principles: (1) Am Yisrael, (2) Torat Yisrael, and (3) Eretz Yisrael.
Here is how Hazit, armed with the institutional reform program of Yamin Israel, plans to promote these principles.
1. To promote Am Yisrael, power must be shifted from political parties to the people. Studies indicate that an increasing majority of the people feel powerless. What makes them powerless? Simple: Members of the Knesset (MKs) are not individually elected by, and accountable to the people in regional or constituency elections.
Here are three shameful and disastrous consequences:
a. Shortly before the 1999 elections, 29 MKs hopped over to rival parties, thus betraying their supporters. They were seeking a safe slot on their new party’s list.
b. In 2004, 23 Likud MKs voted for “Disengagement” contrary to their campaign pledge in the 2003 elections. (Would they have done so if they had to go back to a regional constituency where they would have to compete against a rival candidate?)
c. A loser like Shimon Peres “author of Oslo” has been in office for more than four decades! Why? Because he has a safe slot on his party’s list.
Note: Regional elections are consistent with Deut. 1:13: “Select for yourselves men who are wise, understanding, and known to your tribes and I will appoint them as your leaders.” After the Second Temple, the areas of the tribes were called “districts.” Thus, to empower Am Yisrael, MKs must be personally elected by the voters, the practice of all democracies, many smaller in size and population than Israel. This is the position of Hazit, a position opposed by National Union, the National Religious Party, and the Likud.
2. To preserve the Jewish heritage or the concept of Torat Yisrael, we advocate enactment of a law that affirms the Jewish essence of the State as the State’s paramount principle to which all other principles are subordinate. This does NOT entail any theocracy, a term foreign to Judaism. To preserve Israel as a Jewish state, Hazit endorses Yitzhak Rabin’s warning of May 6, 1976:
“We must prevent a situation of an insufficient Jewish majority ....There is room for a non-Jewish minority on condition that it accepts the destiny of the State vis-a-vis the Jewish people, culture and tradition. The minority is entitled to equal rights as individuals with respect to their distinct religion and culture, but not more than that.”
a. Hazit will insist on enforcement of Basic Law: The Knesset, which prohibits any party that negates the Jewish character of the State.
b. To stop the decline of Israel’s Jewish majority, we must increase aliya dramatically by raising the dignity of the Jewish State.
This necessitates reform of Israel’s undemocratic and unJewish political and judicial institutions, which foster corruption as well as contempt for the Jewish heritage.
c. Hazit advocates amending the “grandfather clause” of the law of Return to limit the influx of non-Jews into the State of Israel.
d. We must also increase and improve the content of Jewish education in the public schools.
Note: Hazit has a purely democratic program to deal with the demographic problem, which, in the final analysis, is NOT a demographic problem. Hazit’s goal is to cultivate Jewish national pride, the mainstay of Eretz Yisrael.
3. The ONLY way to safeguard Eretz Yisrael is to adopt a non-compromising position on the territorial issue. This position need not be based solely on religious grounds. It can be justified on strategic grounds, provided one has the courage to face the truth about the implacable hostility of Israel’s enemies, the so-called Palestinians: the vast majority is committed to Israel’s destruction.
a. A generation of Arab children has been educated to emulate suicide bombers. (Middle East expert Daniel Pipes has warned it would take at least two generations to undo this brainwashing.)
b. The retreat from Gaza has already resulted in Gaza’s becoming the world’s capital of international terrorism.
c. The erroneous and even unlawful ruling that Gaza, Judea, and Samaria constitute “occupied territory” magnifies Arab demands and reinforces their commitment to Israel’s truncation and eventual destruction, as indicated by former IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon.
Note I: One of the greatest Talmudists of the 20th century, the renowned Rabbi Dr. Chaim Zimmerman (z’’l), wrote a 10,000 word halachic discourse on “The Prohibition of Abandoning Land in Eretz Yisrael” a discourse that took fully into consideration the principle of pekuach nefesh, the saving of Jewish life. Hazit stands by this halachic conclusion.
Note II. To maximize its ability to maintain a non-compromising position on Eretz Yisrael, Israel must replace its inept and unstable system of multi-party cabinet government. Needed is a presidential system of government whose cabinet consists not of rival party leaders competing for a larger slice of the national budget, but of PROFESSIONALS who support the principles and program of the nationally elected president. Hazit is the leading exponent of this reform.
If you want to empower the Jewish people, if you want your children and grandchildren to live in a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, Hazit is your party.
For further details about Hazit’s program, contact Prof. Paul Eidelberg (email@example.com).
The Merger of Yamin Israel and the Jewish National Front
The Yamin Israel Party, under the present leadership of Prof. Paul Eidelberg, Eleonora Shifrin and Prof. Israel Hanukoglu, is happy to announce its merger with the Jewish National Front (Hazit) under the chairmanship of Baruch Merzel.
Prof. Hanukoglu, a former chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel, and a former science adviser to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will head Hazit’s election campaign. Prof. Paul Eidelberg, Eleonora Shifrin and Yamin Israel board member Yakov Segal will join the leadership of Hazit.
We are especially pleased that Hazit has enthusiastically adopted Yamin Israel’s comprehensive program of institutional reform. Together we offer an alternative to Israel’s existing system of government, whose political and judicial institutions violate basic democratic as well as Jewish principles.
The purpose of our merger is to serve as a foundation for a broad coalition of Jewish nationalist groups that will offer “for the first time” a real representation to the nationalist camp in the Knesset.
Together we are committed to an uncompromising position regarding Eretz Yisrael, Am Yisrael, and Torat Yisrael.
Respectful of our heritage, we shall fight to transform Israel’s unJewish and unrepresentative system of government whose policies are leading to Israel’s demise as a Jewish state.
We call upon all extra-parliamentary Jewish groups to join Hazit, the one and only Jewish National Front.
Posted by Ted Belman at December 5, 2005 03:59 AM
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