Jewish Destiny or
By Moshe Feiglin
9 Kislev, 5773 (Nov. 23, '12)
the Makor Rishon newspaper
the Pillar of Defense cease fire, many now understand what we understood
after the Zo Artzeinu demonstrations: The Israeli crisis is not on the
continuum between Right and Left. It is on the continuum between Israelis
and their Jewish identity.
We knew exactly where the Oslo Accords would lead. The huge amount of people
who answered Zo Artzeinu's calls and blocked traffic in the entire country
understood the reality. Ultimately, we succeeded in electing the Right to
rule - against all odds. But Zo Artzeinu refused to politically "cash in" on
the tremendous public credit that it had accrued. We understood that the
Right also had no solution and that it was also incapable of getting off the
Everyone is angry at Netanyahu now for signing the cease-fire. But
Netanyahu's predicament is a precise reflection of post-Oslo Israeli
society. If Netanyahu had ordered a ground invasion of Gaza, soldiers would
have been killed. After a short period of time he would have pulled the
troops out of Gaza without significant achievements. After all, he had no
intention of remaining. The retreat after many more fatalities would have
ignited much more virulent criticism.
To remain in Gaza, we first have to renounce the very essence of the idea of
partitioning this Land. We have to internalize that this is our Land –
exclusively. We must - on a national scale - return to the Land of Israel
and our Jewish identity. We must beg the forgiveness of the Jews expelled
from Gush Katif and rebuild their towns and villages with the forces that
destroyed them – and bring them back to their rightful place with an honor
We must vote with our feet, declaring to all that this is
our Land, proving to our enemies that
this is NOT their land. Most important: We must expel the Moslem
wakf from the Temple Mount and restore
exclusive Israeli sovereignty over this most holy site. We must encourage
Jews to ascend the Temple Mount after the proper halachic preparations and
to actualize their sovereignty over the beating heart of the Jewish Nation.
If we do not take all these measures, there really is no reason to endanger
our soldiers just so that they can go into Gaza and retreat again. Every
round of this type of fighting only proves that we are colonialist
conquerors in our Land. Security and pragmatic claims don't convince the
world anymore. The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial no longer does the work
instead of us. It can't be a replacement for the justice of our cause. Just
a short time after a hypothetical ground invasion of Gaza, international
public opinion would come down squarely on the side that talks about
justice: the very justice that we, with the cursed Oslo handshake, deposited
into the hands of Arafat.
Is Israeli society ready for this type of return to ourselves?
Netanyahu expresses the dichotomy in Israeli society between the "Israeli"
who wants to escape to "normalcy" by disengaging from the Land of Israel and
the "Jew" who wants to connect to his identity and national destiny -
expressed by loyalty to the Land of Israel.
Many will now try to escape this complex reality by voting for the rightist
parties. If they are too successful, the result will be that the next
government coalition will not be formed by Netanyahu and Bennett, but by
Yechimovitz, Lapid and Deri. The political situation in Israel is also part
of the same dichotomy. It expresses the same dead end mentality that brought
about the defeat. Everyone is stuck in Oslo.
The Israelis want the best of both worlds: security and normalcy. But it has
become quite clear that it is specifically the mental servitude to Oslo, the
flight from destiny to the enslavement to normalcy and pragmatism – that has
so severely compromised Israel's security.
It turns out that it is actually the "delusional extremists," the
"propellers" who are the most realistic of all. It turns out that the choice
that the Israelis are being forced to make is not between living under a
bare-headed secularism or a kippah of observance. Their choice is
between their Jewish destiny or living under an Iron Dome.
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