The Migron Litmus
Test: By Moshe Feiglin
High Court ruling, striking down the compromise agreement between
Israel's government and the residents of Migron, was actually
logical and a realistic commentary on the state of affairs between
the government and the court. In truth, the question that was laid
at the High Court's doorstep was not about Migron and not about
property rights. It was much more basic than that. The question upon
which the High Court was asked to decide was to whom this Land
The significance of the High Court ruling that a Jewish settlement
must be destroyed without any petitioner to claim the land upon
which Migron is built is that the Land of Israel does not belong to
the Jews, but rather, to the Arabs. The Jews, according to the High
Court justices, live in the Land of Israel with temporary resident
status, as guests – a status completely different from that of the
Arabs living here.
The deeper truth is that the High Court's approach reflects the
approach of Israeli society. The Israelis love the Land, but after
years of leftist thought manipulation they have adopted leftist
temporary mentality and feel like guests in their Land. It is the
Arab who is here forever, the Arab who is the unmovable boulder. The
Jew is a temporary guest who must apologize for his presence here.
Sounds extreme? Just ask yourself what would happen if the tables
were turned. Is it even remotely possible that an Arab village in
Israel would be completely destroyed because of such an unfounded
claim? The High Court would not even allow a hearing to come near it
and in a thicket of convoluted reasoning and legalese the system
would determine the same preposterous principle: the Land of Israel
belongs to the Arabs.
As long as the High Court justices elect themselves, the High Court
will continue to bequeath its legacy of "a state of all its
citizens" to the public. Actually, there is nothing to complain
about; this is their view and the political branch of government empowers it.
Every child learns in his first civics lesson that the people are
the sovereign. The parliament and the elected government actualize
the rule of the people. The role of the court is to explain the laws
legislated by the parliament. If Israel would have a justice system
that represents the values of the public; in other words, if the
justices would be filtered in some way by the State's elected
officials, Migron would never have been an issue.
When a home is built and after many years an unfounded claim on the
property is made, any legal system would call for compensation, at
the most – and only after the claim was proven beyond a reasonable
doubt. But the High Court operates by a political worldview
different than that of the vast majority of the public. The public –
the sovereign – is then forced to legislate another law to
underscore its will. That is how the law that would legalize the
outposts was born. The law is moderate, proportional and begs to be
Many refer to the Outpost Law as a law that circumvents the High
Court. That terminology is false, Orwellian newspeak in the finest
tradition of Israel's Left. The Knesset does not circumvent the High
Court; the Knesset is the sovereign. It is the High Court that
circumvented the Knesset. The Knesset is being forced to enact the
Outpost Law to protect the public from the political whims of the
High Court. The Outpost Law is moral, eminently legal and supremely
democratic. It is a step that, besides protecting Migron will also
preserve the sovereignty of the people (in other words, democracy
and the law) and will also preserve the rule of the Likud: another
Amona will necessarily lead to its downfall.
What is preventing the legislation? One minister who believes in
judges more than in G-d. Another minister or two who lean left and
are subordinate to the politics inside the justice system. An entire
imbroglio of leftist organizations and interests and of course, the
media – the Damocles Sword, ready and waiting to defame Netanyahu
for trampling the "rule of law".
In his quest to keep all those forces at bay, Netanyahu is not
allowing the ministers to vote for the Outpost Law. But without the
votes of the Likud ministers and MKs there will not be a majority
for the law.
If G-d forbid, Netanyahu goes through with the destruction of
Migron, he will suffer much more political harm than if he
demonstrates leadership and solves the problem now.
Two ministers have already announced that they will vote in favor of
the Outpost Law: Ministers Yisrael Katz and Moshe Kachalon. We
wholeheartedly bless them and expect the other Likud MKs to follow
in their footsteps. Ministers or MKs who do not vote in favor of the
law should not expect our support in the Likud primaries.
Pesach Essentials for the Needy in Israel
These next few words contain no exaggeration. They are 100% true:
On Tuesday of this week, I received 4 telephone calls from people I personally know
asking for help in buying Pesach food.
The first was from a man – married with 3 children - in the Galilee who
is currently struggling with the bank to allow him to keep his house. He
lost his job and fell behind in mortgage payments. The bank just
received a court order to foreclose on his house and he is desperately
trying to remain from being homeless. He has zero funds to make Pesach.
The second call was from Hadera. This man is married with 5 kids. Thanks
to the local Chabad in Hadera his family will participate in a communal
Seder but the rest of Pesach they are on their own. He has been out of
work for a long time and, as a result, is suffering from depression. I
brought my children to his house on Purim to bring "Matanot La’Evyonim"
and to cheer them up but that day looked more like Tisha B'av than
Purim. The wife is broken and the kids are a mess. When he called me, he
started crying. This man is 61 years old and he cannot afford basic
Pesach necessities. My heart was breaking.
The third call was from Immanuel. The man who called me personally takes
care of 32 poor families in this Haredi city. He has his own family of 8
children (thank G-d, he does not need the help for his own needs) but he
is busy supplying these 32 families with whatever he can; but he cannot
do it alone. He said that prices have gone up and he will be $14,000
short for this Pesach.
The fourth call was from Kfar Tapuach. 7 young families live across
several hilltops in this area. They are dedicated to the land, guard it
24 hours a day and till the soil. They are proud of what they do - but
have no income. They have no idea how to pay for Matzo, wine and
Every year, Moshe Feiglin and I set up a special "Pesach Fund". We send
out some emails, make a few calls and raise whatever we can so that we
can help people like those I just wrote about.
We do not take any commissions.
We do not take any administrative costs.
We do not deduct expenses.
Every penny raised goes DIRECTLY to the families in need.
Please CLICK HERE and donate money to the Manhigut Yehudit Pesach Fund.
Baruch Hashem, last Pesach we raised – and distributed – over $20,000!!!
Please help us continue this chessed by donating to this special fund.
All money will be personally distributed by Moshe Feiglin and myself
before Pesach – and even through Chol Ha’Moed.
As I stated above, every dollar in is a dollar out.
People will be helped in every part of Israel. The last few years we
gave money to Yidden in Hebron, Netanya, Elon Moreh, Yitzhar, Jerusalem,
the Golan and much, much more.
Simply CLICK HERE and follow the simple, secure form.
May you blessed with a happy and Kosher Pesach.
Note: Please let me know if you will be spending Pesach in Israel. I
would love to see you over the holiday!
With Love of Israel,
Co-founder and International Director
Primaries 2012 Behind the Scenes
A summary of the recent primary elections between Moshe Feiglin and
PM Netanyahu. Click
here to view the video with the English transcript.
These elections caught us completely by surprise. Just like they
caught all of Am Yisrael. We are not different in this regard. But
in one thing we were different, in that, with us, the contest is
based on principle. I was not willing, under any circumstance, to
withhold from other Jews the right to vote for a faith-based
Date for the Manhigut Yehudit US Dinner
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A date has been set for Manhigut Yehudit’s 10th annual dinner in New
June 5th – the 15th of Sivan – Just one week after Shavuot
Terrace on the Park (next to Laguardia airport) in Queens,
NY (same location as last year)
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