Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Shocking Murder of a Jewish Construction Rappeller

By Moshe Feiglin

Pictured: Roi Arami, HY”D
On Tuesday, a construction worker plunged to his death from the 11th floor while rappelling. After investigation, it was discovered that the rope from which Roi Arami, HY”D was dangling was severed with a cutter. Arabs working with him at the site are suspect.
“This story was particularly shocking to me,” said MK Moshe Feiglin.  “I was the first person in Israel to open a rappelling company for high-rises. I myself worked in the field for many years and later, employed quite a few workers. The safety measures that I instituted were very strict. Among other rules, they included locking the roof whenever possible.”
“It is very shocking,” Feiglin continued. “And it is very connected to the fact that an Arab doctor  was reinstated in his emergency room position despite the fact that he called IDF soldiers ‘murderers’. It may be unpleasant to admit this, but 100 years of Zionism have taught us that within the normative Arab public, a constant potential of murder always exists. In the words of an Arab citizen of Israel just before Gilad Shalit was released, “You sanctify life, while we sanctify death.”
“The media is ignoring this story” said Feiglin. “If it had been an Arab worker, and the suspects Jewish, the entire country would be up in arms. But we prefer to repress this issue. After all, it is clear that the doctor who apologized for calling our soldiers murderers had no sincere regrets. But the thought is too much for us. We prefer to deceive ourselves.”
“I think about those ropes on the roof. And about the Arabs, who suddenly found themselves with  the life of a Jew in their hands. All they need to do is pull out their cutter, nobody will see. It is an uncontrollable urge. And we place a surgeon’s knife in the hands of a doctor who has already revealed what he has in his heart. So that he can save IDF soldiers, of course,” Feiglin observed.

The Arab MK's are not at Fault, We Are

On Rosh Hashanah, all the creatures of the world pass in front of the Holy One, Blessed be He, like a herd of sheep. This corresonds not only to individuals but also to whole nations, as we say in the Mussaf prayer on Rosh Hashanah: "It is declared about the countries: which ones will fight by the sword and which will live in peace, which ones will have famine and which will be satiated." It is written, "Everybody is judged on Rosh Hashanah" [Tosefta] – both individuals and nations. It is necessary for us to repent not only at the level of individuals but also on a national level. On a personal level, let everybody do his or her own personal reckoning. At a national level, it is good and proper to perform this task openly, in public.
MK's who Openly Incite
During Operation Protective Edge, we encountered Arabic MK's and public leaders, citizens of our country, who succeeded again and again in upsetting us with their expressions and sometimes their actions (such as holding meetings in Qatar and Syria) in support of our Palestinian enemies and in favor of Hamas terrorism. They cried out openly, and in very strong language – without fear – against our country and its identity as the Jewish national homeland, and against our right of maintaining Jewish sovereignty in Eretz Yisrael.
Some of our leaders, and major segments of the media and of public opinion outlets, demanded that these outspoken people be brought to justice, that they be expelled from the Knesset, sent to Gaza, and more. But this is mere talk! There is no existing Basic Law that defines the State of Israel as a Jewish state! There is also no criminal law that prohibits acting – and certainly not talking – against the Jewish character of the country. Since there is no applicable law forbidding such actions, one is formally allowed to say or do anything in an attempt to change or annul the Jewish identity of the country.
It is true that paragraph 7a of the Basic Law of the Knesset prohibits candidates "if the objectives or actions of a person or a slate, explicit or implied, include one of the following: (1) Refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish and democratic state..." However, on two occasions the Supreme Court refused to allow the Central Elections Committee to reject the Balad Party as candidates for the Knesset. In addition, the law involves running for the Knesset and not actions that take place after the people or parties have been elected. What is prohibited for candidates is permitted after the elections have taken place! Is that reasonable? In addition, the mention of "a Jewish and democratic state" in the Basic Law for Freedom of Trade and Human Respect is not relevant to our discussion. In no way does it imply a prohibition of taking action to annul the Jewish and democratic status of the country.
Proposals Rejected because of a Lack of Daring
I am sorry to say that three laws that I proposed relevant to this subject were rejected. (1) Extending the prohibition for an MK or a party and continuing it after they have been elected. (2) A criminal law prohibiting an individual or a corporation from acting against the Jewish and democratic character of the country, similar to the laws against discrimination, incitement, revolution, and so on. (3) A law requiring every MK at the swearing-in of a new Knesset to declare "loyalty to the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state" instead of the current general oath "to remain faithful to the State of Israel."
Some of these proposals were blocked by the government, and some were approved for an initial reading but did not go any further, because of objection not only by the Arabs, Meretz, and the Labor Party, but also because of objections by rightist members of the government. Those on the right who objected claimed that if we would force Arab MK's to declare loyalty to a "Jewish and democratic state," our country would be attacked in international forums. Does this sound real to you? It was also said that a situation where candidacy is rejected is not the same as expelling an MK or a party after the elections. But doesn't this claim, which is correct as far as it goes, abandon the realm of the Knesset to people who reject our existence and our identity? As far as my proposal for an extension of the criminal laws, the legal advisors of the Knesset claimed that "there is no way to define what actions against Jewish identity are prohibited," ignoring similar definitions that exist which define incitement to discrimination or an act that might cause harm to the public welfare.
Some of the MK's and the leaders of the Arab population know very well how to exploit the outrageous loopholes in Israeli law, and they cause us to be afraid of defining our national Jewish identity in a clear law. Those who incite against our identity hide behind a slogan, "A country of all its citizens." And this includes not only Arabs but also the Jewish extreme leftists. In the realm of military security, there is ample criminal law, together with severe punishments, but in the matter of security of the spiritual and Jewish character of our country – no such thing exists! What good will it do if the IDF wins the battles, but if we lose the controversy about our Jewish identity?
The Breach is the Responsibility of the Leaders
Our sages have taught us, "It is not the mouse that is a thief, the hole is what makes a thief" [Gittin 45a]. The ultimate guilt is not that of the one who stole something but is rather the fault of the conditions that made the theft possible. The guilt must be sought in the overall system, not in the specific person who failed. "A breach calls out to a thief," it invites him to make an appearance! A lack of public courage and closing our eyes to the need for appropriate legal means – all of this encourages internal threats to maintaining our true identity. Trying to escape from our responsibilities is a natural trait of mankind. And the mouse is an appropriate allegory in this case too! It is not the Arab MK's who are at fault, we are really the ones to be blamed! Let us hope that the new year will bring a time when we courageously defend our identity, without mixing in any feelings of inferiority.

A Coalition Stronger Than All Our Combined Enemies: HaRav Nachman Kahana on Parashat Nitzavim-Vayailech 5774

BS”D 
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayailech 5774
Rabbi Nachman Kahana

Parashat Nitzavim begins:
)ט) אתם נצבים היום כלכם לפני ה’ אלהיכם ראשיכם שבטיכם זקניכם ושטריכם כל איש ישראל:
)י) טפכם נשיכם וגרך אשר בקרב מחניך מחטב עציך עד שאב מימיך:
)יא) לעברך בברית ה’ אלהיך ובאלתו אשר ה’ אלהיך כרת עמך היום:
)יב) למען הקים אתך היום לו לעם והוא יהיה לך לאלהים כאשר דבר לך וכאשר נשבע לאבתיך לאברהם ליצחק וליעקב:
)יג) ולא אתכם לבדכם אנכי כרת את הברית הזאת ואת האלה הזאת:
)יד) כי את אשר ישנו פה עמנו עמד היום לפני ה’ אלהינו ואת אשר איננו פה עמנו היום:

9 All of you are standing today in the presence of the Lord your God—your leaders and tribal heads, your elders and officials, all Israel, 10together with your children and your wives, and the converted living in your camps, from the wood choppers to your water carriers.
11 To enter into a covenant with the Lord your God, a covenant the Lord is making with you this day, 12 to confirm you this day as his people, that he may be your God as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
13 I am making this covenant, with its oath, not only with you 14 who are standing here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God but also with those who are not with us here today.

Boots on the Ground

In these very days, the United States is attempting to forge a coalition of Arab and European States to make war on IS. There is an across-the-board agreement among the potential members that they will not commit to ground troops, but rather only to peripheral help, such as supplying the Iraqi army with military needs and training. Only France has agreed to fly over the region in order to secure intelligence information.
IS can now breathe easily in view of the well-known incompetency and ineptitude of the White House.
In contrast, Asaph one of the leading Levi’im in the Bet Hamikdash, envisioned a future grand coalition of enemies, who will be very willing to wage war on the Jewish nation, with “boots on the ground”.
His prophecy appears in Tehillim 83:
)א) שיר מזמור לאסף:
)ב) אלהים אל דמי לך אל תחרש ואל תשקט אל:
)ג) כי הנה אויביך יהמיון ומשנאיך נשאו ראש:
)ד) על עמך יערימו סוד ויתיעצו על צפוניך:
)ה) אמרו לכו ונכחידם מגוי ולא יזכר שם ישראל עוד:
)ו) כי נועצו לב יחדו עליך ברית יכרתו:
A psalm of Asaph.
O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more
.”
With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you.
This will be their intent – to eradicate the name of Israel with a grand coalition.
Asaph enumerates the members of this future coalition:
)ז) אהלי אדום וישמעאלים מואב והגרים:
)ח) גבל ועמון ועמלק פלשת עם ישבי צור:
)ט) גם אשור נלוה עמם היו זרוע לבני לוט סלה:

The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, of Moab and the Hagrites, Byblos, Ammon and Amalek, Philistia, with the people of Tyre. Even Assyria has joined them to reinforce Lot’s descendants.
The Malbim (Meir Laibish ben Yechiel Michal) as well, writes in his commentary on Yechezkel 32,17 regarding a future coalition which will come against the Jewish State (translation):
It will come to pass in the end of days, after the Jewish people will return to the land of Israel, that the nations will come together in order (with the intent) to capture Yerushalayim.

The prophet names the nations who will come. Gog, the king of Meshech and Tuval from the north and west who are uncircumcised and called “Edom”, who are the descendants of Yefet living now in Europe.

And Paras, Kush, and the House of Turgama who are all circumcised and adhering to the belief of Yishmael, will join with the children of Edom to attempt to capture the Land of Israel from the Jews.

But when they arrive, they will create chaos among themselves and make war on each other. That is, Edom (Europe) will make war on Yishmael because their beliefs are different.

And there, God will judge them in sword and blood as stated by the prophet Zecharia, chapter 14.

And here the prophet (Yechezkel) relates how they all will be lost; and singles out Egypt, Ashur (Syria) and Elam (Iran) who adhere to the religion of Yishmael and are today circumcised. He then mentions Meshech, Tuval and Edom, their kings and princes from the north (Europeans) who are all uncircumcised.

And between them there will be a war. The first to be utterly destroyed will be the Egyptians, who are the closest to the Land of Israel and will come forward first and fall. Then the Assyrians and Persians will come to avenge their ally and they all will be destroyed.

If the Malbim lived today, I think he would have been more specific, as follows:
It will come to pass in the end of the exile and the Jewish people will return to the land of Israel, that many nations will come together in order to attempt to capture Yerushalayim.

The nations who will come are from the north and west and include the European Union and the nations which comprised the former Soviet Union who are all uncircumcised and called “Edom”, the descendants of Yefet living now in Europe and adhering to the Christian faith.

And Iran, the Arab peoples, and the House of Saud who are all circumcised adhering to the faith of Yishmael, will join with the children of Edom to attempt to capture the Land of Israel from the Children of Israel.

But when they arrive, they will create chaos among themselves and make war on each other. That is, the Christians from Europe will make war on the Muslims, because their beliefs are different.

And there, God will judge them in sword and blood as stated by the prophet Zecharia, chapter 14.

And here the prophet (Yechezkel) describes how they will be lost. He singles out Egypt, Syria and Iran who adhere to the religion of Yishmael and are circumcised. Then Meshech, Tuval and Edom, their kings and princes from the north, who are uncircumcised, and between them will be a war.

The first to be utterly destroyed will be the Egyptians, who are the closest to the Land of Israel, who will come forward first and fall; then the Syrians and Iranians will come to avenge their fallen ally and they all will be destroyed.

Asaph ends with the following prayer to HaShem:
Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like chaff before the wind.

As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze, so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.

Cover their faces with shame, Lord, so that they will seek your name.

May they ever be ashamed and dismayed; may they perish in disgrace.

Let them know that you, whose name is the Lord—that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

How can we connect today’s apathetic, dispassionate and uncommitted responses to Obama’s call for military co-operation with the active, and vigorous responses of the Moslem and European states to unite in a military effort against the Jewish State, as envisioned by the Prophet Yechezkel?
I suggest:
The dire vision of Yechezkel will evolve from the present loose confederation being created by Obama. At some point in time, there will be a sharp transition from their lackluster attitude to combine their Moslem military forces with the Christians of Europe and the US to fight their Moslem brethren, no matter how evil those brothers are, and turn their attention and armies against the Jewish State. It could come about by a covert agreement between the US and the Arab countries that in return for immediate military co-operation the US will ignore the future threats to the Jewish State. Or it could come about through the religious interests of Islam and Christianity who will sense the opportunity to rid themselves of the Jewish State which is a living and breathing testimony that their religions are false.

A Coalition Stronger Than All Our Combined Enemies

At some point in time there will be an ominous Islamic-European military coalition against the Jewish State, because there is nothing which was envisioned by our prophets which did not eventually materialize.
The question is, what can we field against these evil men?
The answer is found in the opening of our parasha:
All of you are standing today in the presence of the Lord your God—your leaders and tribal heads, your elders and officials, all Israel, together with your children and your wives, and the converted living in your camps, from the wood choppers to your water carriers.

To enter into a covenant with the Lord your God, a covenant the Lord is making with you this day, to confirm you this day as his people, that he may be your God as he promised you and as he swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

I am making this covenant, with its oath, not only with you who are standing here with us today in the presence of the Lord our God, but also with those who are not with us here today.

We in Eretz Yisrael will field a coalition stronger than all our combined enemies.
Ours will be a coalition of Jewish “achdut” comprising those of Am Yisrael living in the Holy Land. Rabbanim and political leaders, our wives and children, our converts from the most modest of people to our most gifted.
It will include the righteous living today with those who passed on to the next world.
It will include the very observant together with those who know nothing of the Torah, with the common denominator being that we are descendants of our fathers Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov living under HaShem’s protective wing in Eretz Yisrael.
We in Eretz Yisrael will field a coalition stronger than all our combined enemies.
However our coalition is conditional on our desire to see the good in every Jew. The talmid chacham must never forget that he is what he is to a great measure because he was born to a family that encouraged Torah study and mitzvot, whereas his neighbor who desecrates the Shabbat was not born to such a family. That while the “learner” was in an air-conditioned bet midrash, the non-Shabbat observer was protecting him with his body.
Modesty, humility, propriety of manner, love of fellow Jew these are the links which form the chain of protection which stands between us and the forces of evil which surrounds us.
“Achdut” (Unity) is predicated on being physically together in Hashem’s Holy Land. Without that “togetherness”, all the platitudes of love and unity and even financial help cannot forge the integrity of being “one” which is necessary for the sacred coalition of Am Yisrael.
As stated by the illustrious Hillel, the principle of “Love thy fellow Jew as yourself” is the basis of Judaism. For just as a parent wishes that his children live in peace and harmony, so too does our Father-in- Heaven seek the peace and unity of His children – Am Yisrael.
In conclusion let’s recall an incident in the life of Elisha, the protégé of Eliyahu Ha’Navi (Melachim 2 chap. 6).
When the King of Aram learned that Elisha was in the town of Dotan in northern Shomron, he sent a large military force to surround the town with orders to capture Elisha.
The force arrived there at night and waited. In the early morning, Gaichazi, the student of Elisha, went outside and saw that the enemy had completely besieged the town. In desperation, he called out to Elisha, who calmed the young man by saying:
ויאמר אל תירא כי רבים אשר אתנו מאשר אותם:
) ויתפלל אלישע ויאמר ה’ פקח נא את עיניו ויראה ויפקח ה’ את עיני הנער וירא והנה ההר מלא סוסים ורכב אש סביבת אלישע

Do not fear, for there are more on our side than there are on theirs

Elisha prayed to HaShem saying, “Lord, open his eyes (of Gaichazi) so he can see (the surrounding spiritual world)” And HaShem opened his eyes, and he saw the mountain filled with horses and chariots of fire around Elisha

Surrounding Eretz Yisrael are myriads of God’s angels protecting His children in the Holy Land.
Shabbat Shalom,
Nachman Kahana
Copyright © 5774/2014 Nachman Kahana

Jews! Open your eyes!!

A Torah Thought for Nitzavim-Vayelech 

By HaRav Mordechai Rabinovitch

“When all these things – the blessing and the curse that I have set before you – come upon you, you will contemplate [this] among all the nations to which Hashem your G-d has cast you” (Devarim 30:1).  
Some seven hundred years ago, Ramban commented that the section which opens with the above verse must be discussing events that will occur some time away in the future, since none of it had yet materialized in his day.  Is this still true?
Hashem will turn your captivity and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations to which Hashem has dispersed you” (v. 3).  Anyone who visits modern Israel cannot fail to notice that the Jews that inhabit this country have assembled here literally from the four corners of the earth!
If your dispersed be at the end of the heavens – from there Hashem will gather you and from there he will fetch you” (v. 4).  It was not so long ago that Jews behind the Iron Curtain, for example, were for all intents and purposes “at the farthest reaches of the universe“, cut off from Jewish life and from the free world; and yet hundreds of thousands of them today make their home in Israel.
Hashem will bring you to the land that your fathers possess, and you will possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you more than your fathers” (v. 5).  This perhaps needs no comment.  Yet it is worth remembering that when the economies of the entire world collapsed, there was one country that seemed to be unaffected.  And today that same country has a steadily rising Jewish birth rate!! Is this not: “He will do you good and multiply you” ?!
Elul is the month which traditionally symbolizes the absolute devotion of Hashem to the Jews and vice versa.  Is it not time that we all open our hearts and eyes and see that Hashem indeed does love us and is fulfilling all the promises that He promised us long ago? “Hashem will open your heart… to love Hashem with all your heart and all your soul” (v. 6).  Sefer Ha-Ikkarim (Maamar 4, end of chapter 25) explains this verse with reference to one who returns out of duress who needs some extra assistance in order to love Hashem with all his heart.  Are we so indifferent to what is happening in front of our eyes, that we need troubles and distress (see Devorim 4:30) to force our hearts back to Hashem?
Let us hope and pray that the time is near when the whole passage will be realized, and all the Torah’s horrible punishments and curses will afflict all our enemies and persecutors (v.7);  that the Jewish people will all be in the Land of Israel, listen to Hashem, and do all His commandments (v. 8);  that Hashem may again rejoice over us for good, as he rejoiced over our forefathers (v. 9).
And may we all be inscribed in the book of life, in order that we and our children merit “to dwell in the land that Hashem has sworn to our patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them” (v. 19-20) forever and ever.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Rosh Hashanah Letter from Deputy Speaker of the Knesset MK Moshe Feiglin

 
A Rosh Hashanah Letter from 
Deputy Speaker of the Knesset
MK Moshe Feiglin

   
Dear Friend,

We are pleased to share with you below Moshe Feiglin's year-end letter to all his supporters, summarizing his accomplishments this last year.  As the letter makes clear, Moshe's agenda is guided not by political opportunism but by a holistic vision for what the State of Israel is meant to be. 

The media has tried to paint Moshe as an extremist and to make people fear him. However, when people see his message directly, the fear tends to melt.  People from all sides of the political spectrum are finding common cause with him on one issue or another and seeing themselves in his agenda and vision.

As Moshe has stated many times, the real conflict  is not between the Arabs and the Jews.  The real conflict  is between the Jews and the Jews over the nature of Israel's soul and purpose.  Moshe Feiglin is the political figure who most represents a return to our inner identity and mission in the world.  

Thanks to you, his supporters, this visionary leader has surmounted enormous opposition to rise to his current position of power and influence within the Likud and on the Israeli political scene.

As his letter makes clear, Moshe has been using his newly won power to translate his lofty vision into a concrete legislative agenda relevant to the daily lives of Israelis, and his popularity is growing exponentially. As a result, our goal of national leadership is no longer a starry-eyed dream.  It could realistically happen in 5775. 

 
The key is getting our message to people directly, and that takes substantial money.  The good news is that by US political standards, our political leadership campaigns are a bargain.  In the US, it takes about a billion dollars to wage a Presidential campaign and about $10 million on average to wage a Senate campaign.  To get Moshe elected Prime Minister, we need to raise $3 million.  With that, we can get our message to the people, and we will stand a good chance this time of winning.  The campaign for leadership has not officially begun, but we see strong signs that we'll be in a leadership race before the end of the secular year, and we need to begin our serious fundraising now.

Most Tzedakah is given to fund a specific concrete need, and that is certainly a good thing.  Our cause is unique.  Donations to Moshe Feiglin's campaign are funding a dream.  Like the re-birth of the State of Israel, it's a dream that our people has been dreaming about for 2,000 years and that seemed impossible just a few short years before it happened.  Those of us alive today with money in our pockets have a unique opportunity to actively participate in building that dream.  Please give at whatever level you can to help make this dream a reality. 

Please note that donations to the "Moshe Feiglin Campaign" are not tax deductible and must be made from personal funds only.  No corporate or "Foundation" funds are accepted. - Sorry, but we don't make the rules...

You can donate by credit card by clicking HERE.

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"Moshe Feiglin Campaign" and mail it to:
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With blessings for a sweet new year,

  
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Letter from Moshe Feiglin


To my dear friends and partners,

 
A fruitful and breathtaking year has passed in the Knesset and I would like to summarize what has happened since last Rosh Ha'Shanah. We have focused our work in two main areas:
1)      Jewish liberty
2)      Jewish identity

Jewish Liberty

Education and Empowerment of the Family Unit

  • Sponsored a bill to tax a couple/family as such. This will provide true relief for the middle class as the current system actually hurts families financially.
  • Annulment of the 'marriage fine' for couples who work in a shared business.
  • Start of a process that will change the disgraceful treatment of divorced fathers.
  • Advancement of the restoration of responsibility for children's' education to parents and transition to the voucher method.


Health System

  • Sponsored a bill to foster rapid, professional and simple treatment with medical cannabis.
  • Beginning of a real change in providing cannabis to relieve the ill, as is accepted practice in the most respectable of countries. Our pressure produced results and more and patients are now authorized to enjoy this gift of G-d.

The Blight of Corruption

  • We have managed to prevent the Sarel Company ( a swamp of corruption that has drained the Health Ministry funds for the past 20 years) from receiving a deferral of tender for five years, worth 8 billion shekels (!).
  • We have begun to uncover the extravagant government funded pensions and are formulating a plan to deal with this important issue.

The Right to Bear Arms
  • Due to the increase in terror attacks, we have managed, for all practical purposes, to prevent the government from confiscation of most of the firearms owned and licensed to the public. Bearing arms for self defense is one of the most fundamental human rights and we managed to focus government supervision on firearms solely over security companies.

Jewish Identity

We have four major achievements this year on our Jewish identity program:

Religion and State
  • The 'One Chief Rabbi' bill that we initiated was passed by a large majority. This bill advances the Torah of Israel from community status to national status, as befits the Return to Zion.

Terrorist Release
  • The blood of Jews is not worthless. As you may remember, I was the only coalition MK to vote against the proposed state budget last year. My vote was my leverage against the terrorist release. As these lines are being written, we have been informed that the Prime Minister has toed the line and understands that Israel cannot continue with this ethical and diplomatic lapse.

Arab Verbal Violence in the Knesset: Delineating the Borders of Discourse
  • Within the framework of my role as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, when I chaired the plenum deliberations, we set borders on the 'understanding and containing' discourse that had allowed the Arab MKs to publicly identify with Israel's enemies. We set a rule that any invective against IDF soldiers from the Knesset lectern will result in the speaker's immediate removal from the plenum. The influence of this action still echoes in the chamber. This is actually the first time in ages that a nationalist force has begun to determine the borders of the discourse in Israel.

Last, Dearest and Most Important: The Temple Mount

  • The Temple Mount is the holiest place in the world to Judaism. It is the place that endows our entire reality in Israel, all our hopes and our future with significance. It is the first and foremost of all our aspirations. Despite all the pressure and attempts to prevent it, we led an historic deliberation in the Knesset on the question of Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount.
Just a year ago, I was prohibited from ascending the Temple Mount with all sorts of excuses. I must share my feelings with you: On this issue, we merit true Heavenly help. I have the merit to ascend the Mount as a representative of the Nation of Israel. At this point, I do not enjoy complete freedom of movement on the Mount and the Dome of the Rock is still off limits to me. However, a positive process of change has begun. A new spirit drives the Jews ascending the Temple Mount and despite the intensifying Arab violence there, their numbers are growing, thank G-d.

Over the year, I have been much sought-after for interviews on varied issues and my Hebrew Facebook page has grown to 100,000 likes, from both Right and left. My feeling is that Israeli mentality has begun to hold a dialogue and is opening its mind to the Manhigut Yehudit alternative. This feeling has intensified over the last year.

The end of the year (this past summer), saw everyone, including ourselves, involved in the events in Gaza. We managed to keep our ideology and vision strong by focusing every statement we made on our ultimate goal; A strong and proud Jewish State!

We understood that it was important for the true solution to be publicly stated, so we said things and - literally - stood alone. "We must conquer Gaza," we said time and again. "But we must conquer Gaza in order to stay there and to make it a bustling Israeli city similar to Jaffa." This was a unique statement that could have emerged only from our study hall. It was accompanied by a detailed plan and realistic answers to the questions that arose. I was interviewed about this plan over 50 times including by the biggest international media outlets.

The end of the operation in Gaza left the problem simmering and additional rounds of fighting are anticipated. This clarified to all that the existing leadership does not have the capacity to deal with the problem. Despite Israel's military power, above and beyond Gaza's capabilities, the existing leadership can do nothing more than perpetuate the current situation. It is incapable of defining who the enemy is and what victory is.

It became clear that only we, who were able to say the simple words, "Gaza is ours," could construct from within that concept a strategy to deal with the root of the Hamas problem. We were able to say the words and to form the necessary tactics for a real and swift victory.

Those who truly struggled against the Oslo Accords and declared even then that "ZO ARTZEINU" (This is our Land); those who did not accept any type of foreign sovereignty in our Land; those who remained connected to the Temple Mount - only they are able to think out of the 'peace industry' and two state solution box, which has rendered the State of Israel incapable of winning its wars.

The foundation of Israel's flight from Gaza and its inability to return there stems from its lack of identity. If Israel cannot say: "Israel is first and foremost Jewish," it cannot return to rule Gaza. If we cannot return to rule Gaza, it is impossible to win this war. And if we cannot win in war, we cannot safeguard our dear state - not from its internal challenges or its external challenges.

The combination of our Identity track and our Liberty track is the key to success. It is the key to the new significance with which we strive to imbue our national and private lives.

There is no doubt that we have progressed a lot and our hearts are filled with thanksgiving to the Creator of the World.

The political reality in the State of Israel is full of surprises, and we do not know what the future holds. According to all the political pundits, this coming year could very well bring us to Likud primaries, and possibly to general elections.

Your support and enlistment now are important. Each and every one of you can get the word out by sharing our Facebook posts on social media far and wide and commenting on the page. And don't forget to talk about our Jewish Liberty, Identity and Meaning ideas at every opportunity.

Thank you for your support and loyalty. 

 
Wishing you a sweet and blessed new year.


 
Moshe Feiglin


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Netanyahu: Feiglin Full of 'Good Surprises'


Elul 21, 5774, 16/09/14 12:16

For the first time Likud head Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has publicly referred to MK Moshe Feiglin.
Yaakov Levi
For the first time Likud head Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has publicly referred to MK Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Manhigut Yehudit faction of the Likud. Feiglin has been a formidable force in the party over the past several years, but until now Netanyahu has chosen to ignore his membership in the Likud, and in the Knesset.

That changed Monday night at a meeting of party activists. Netanyahu introduced numerous ministers and MKs who sat on stage with him at the event in Petach Tikvah, and unlike in the past, made a point of introducing Feiglin, about whom Netanyahu said that he “always was full of surprises, many of them good. I appreciate this.”

Although Netanyahu has ignored him, Feiglin has certainly not ignored the Prime Minister, sharply criticizing him on most of his policies. It should be noted that Feiglin was supposed to be number 20 on the Likud list, but Netanyahu tried to engineer his being places only at number 36 on the list. Had that occurred, Feiglin would not have won a Knesset seat.

The sharp difference in views between Netanyahu and Feiglin is expressed on the future of Judea and Samaria, which Feiglin says should be annexed and where Arab residents should be encouraged with liberal financial aid to leave Israel.

Netanyahu has tried to maintain a centrist view, maintaining support for Jewish communities in Judea andSamaria but leaving open the possibility of destroying many communities and expelling their residents. inorder to create a PA state, leaving large blocs and Jerusalem in Israel's hands He previously has offered such concessions to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who rejected them out of hand as being insufficient.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jerusalem Post: Divorced Dads Join Likud in Droves

Fathers copy MK Moshe Feiglin’s tactic of enlisting Likud members to fight for equal custody rights.

Tamar Har-Paz, an attorney who works on alimony cases and is a Likud Central Committee member affiliated with MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), recruited 200 divorced fathers to join the party and create a pressure group in the leading party.
The fathers’ goals are to convince Likud legislators to adopt the Schnitt Committee’s recommendations in 2008 to give parents equal custody of children after divorce and the Shifman Committee in 2012, which recommended that divorced parents equally divide children’s expenses.
Har-Paz was inspired by Feiglin, who enlisted thousands of Likud members with an eye on pushing the party rightward, and the MK expressed his support for the move after meeting with the divorced fathers’ group.
“We all know Feiglin’s ability to recruit Likud members and ever since we got his backing, the number of divorced fathers joining the party increased significantly,” she said. “If we continue at the current pace, 2,500 divorced fathers will join Likud by the next primary.”
Har-Paz pointed out that one of every three marriages in Israel ends in a divorce, which means that there is a lot of potential for fathers and their relatives to join Likud.

The Oslo Accord Reality Check

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger
*The 21st anniversary of Oslo highlights the tragic gap between the underlying assumption of the architects of Oslo – the New Middle East, transitioning to peace – and the Real Middle East. 

*The Real Middle East is represented, most authentically, by the Arab Tsunami, which is gaining momentum, not transitioning toward democracy, in defiance of policy-makers, columnists and academicians who defined it as the Arab Spring.

*The Arab Tsunami is a natural derivative of the Real Middle East, as it has been for the last 1,400 years (in reference to inter-Arab relations): the role model of violent intolerance; non-compliance with agreements; unstable/tenuous regimes, coalitions, policies and agreements, which are signed on ice, not carved in stone.

*The following article sheds light on the critical deficiencies of the Oslo state of mind and its derivatives, such as the two state solution and the "disengagement" from Gaza.



The Oslo Accord Reality Check

On October 24, 2013 (the Diplomatic Conference) and October 16, 2013 (the memorial ceremony for Prime Minister Rabin), President Peres, the architect of the September, 1993 Oslo Accord, claimed that the Israeli-Palestinian accord was the "opening to dialogue and peace.”  Is Peres' claim vindicated by a reality check?


The Oslo State of Mind
The Oslo state of mind was most accurately pronounced by Peres, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, on Sept. 16, 2000, on the eve of the 2nd Intifada, 2000-2005 wave of Palestinian terrorism: "I believe that the previousborders, made of barbed wire, minefields, military positions, are irrelevant to our life…. I sincerely believe that agood hotel on the border will provide more peace and security than a military position.... I can see very little use for the past. Two things lose their importance: land and history. … To imagine is more important than to remember…. War is out of the question now…. I doubt very much if the Palestinians will go back to terror. … Once a nation's economy turns from a focus on land to a focus on brains, borders are irrelevant….”
The blueprint for the Oslo Accord was documented by Peres in his October, 1993 book, The New Middle East: "The international political setting is no longer conducive to war (p. 80)…. Peace is the means for security (p. 84)…. We need soft – not rigid – borders…. While signing the documents on the lawn of the White House… you could almost hear the heavy tread of boots leaving the stage…. You could have listened to the gentle tiptoeing of new steps making a debut in the awaiting world of peace (p. 194)…. "


The new – VS the real – Middle East
The Oslo Accord state of mind, and the new Middle East vision, have been trounced by the Arab Tsunami, which imploded the real Middle East, transitioning the region toward further fanaticism, terrorism, tyranny and anti-"infidel” sentiments, away from moderation, peace, democracy and tolerance. 
The Oslo state of mind underestimated the potency of the deeply-rooted 1,400 year old fundamentals of the real Middle East, which are sweeping the combusting Arab Street in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and other Arab countriesviolent unpredictability, uncertainty, unreliability, instability and shifty regimes and policies; religious, ethnic, ideological and geographic fragmentation; violent intolerance toward other Muslims and the "infidel;” no freedom of speech, religion, press and association and no gender equality; no intra-Arab comprehensive peace and no compliance with most intra-Arab agreements, which are tenuous in nature.


Has Oslo transformed Israel and the Palestinians?
Ariel University's Dr. Yuval Arnon-Ohanna, formerly with the Mossad and one of Israel's leading experts on the Palestinian issue, documented in Line of Furrow and Fire- the conflict for the Land of Israel, 1860-2013 (Achiasaf Publishing, 2013) that the 1993 Oslo Accord snatched the PLO from the jaws of oblivion.  Arab regimes severed financial assistance to – and most contacts with - the PLO, due to the PLO's collaboration with Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The US suspended its dialogue with the PLO in 1990.  The 1st Intifadah - wave of Palestinian terrorism - was largely subdued by Israel in 1991. The PLO lost two key co-founders, Khalil al-Wazir (1988) and Salah al-Khalaf (1991). Its popularity, among Palestinians, was significantly marred by corruption and embezzlement, attributed primarily to Arafat and his wife, Suha, Mahmoud Abbas and his sons, Yasser and Tareq, Arafat's financial advisor, Muhammad Rashid, and the Tsumud (steadfastness) Fund. The Oslo Accord resuscitated the PLO, which still oversees the Palestinian Authority, legally and operationally.  

The Oslo Accord transformed Israeli policy dramatically, strategically and tangibly.  Israel made concessions to the Palestinians, never extended by the Ottoman Empire, the British Mandate or the Arabs, transferring parts of Israel's own cradle of history to its arch-enemy and advancing Palestinian sovereignty. Israel imported some 70,000 Palestinian terrorists from Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Tunisia to Gaza and the mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria - the door steps of their intended victims - arming them with weapons and lobbying on their behalf in Washington, DC.  
   
Contrary to Israel, the PLO was transformed tactically and intangibly, while sustaining its strategy, as enunciated by its 1964 Covenant, considering the Land of Israel a divinely ordained Muslim land (Waqf). Arafat stated that the Oslo Accord was provisionalaiming to destroy Israel, triggering an unprecedented level of  Palestinian non-compliance with agreements. 

Mahmoud Abbas established a hate-education system.  And, an unprecedented wave of Palestinian terrorism erupted in April, 1994, producing so far over 1,600 Israeli fatalities, five times as large as the toll of the twenty years prior to Oslo. 160 Israelis were murdered during the pre-Oslo 1st Intifadah, compared with 1,000 during the post-Oslo 2nd Intifadah.  In June 2001, Faisal Husseini, the PLO darling of the Western media, clarified that the Oslo Accord provided the Palestinians with a Trojan horse in the heart of Israel.   

The Oslo-driven Palestinian conduct has been consistent with the Palestinian intra-Arab track record of subversion and treachery, which caused Arafat's and Mahmoud Abbas' expulsion from Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. It has also been consistent with the Palestinian collaboration with the Nazis, the Communist Bloc, Khomeini, Saddam Hussein and Bin-Laden.

The Oslo Accord reality check documents that contrary to the hope of its architects, the Palestinian leopard does not change spots, only tactics.