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Jewish Destiny or Iron Dome? By Moshe Feiglin

9 Kislev, 5773
Nov. 23, '12

Translated from the Makor Rishon newspaper

After 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 Oslo track.

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 guard.

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 the Mount – Judaism's 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 the enemy's claim that we are colonialist conquerors and not liberators in our own Land. Security and pragmatic claims don't convince the world anymore. The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial no longer does the work for us. It can't be a replacement for the true 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" (as Rabin derisively called those who opposed Oslo) 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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How Can Moshe Feiglin Help if Everyone is Insane?

Please read the following question sent by a supporter in Jerusalem and Shmuel Sackett's answer:

I just made Aliyah 3 months ago from NJ with my family. We are Chabad (on the modern side but very very much connected to the Rebbe)

Living in Jerusalem we’ve had our first air raid siren experience, our first up close and personal experience of soldiers we know going to the border and our first up close and personal experience of the cowardly anti-Torah government with the mentality of Chelm throwing us to the wolves who want to devour us. Also, our first experience of the insane passivity of the Israeli people, who seem to accept that loss of life and limb is just a normal part of being an Israeli.

I beg of you, I need to hear from somebody sane. I need answers to be able to stay here as right now I just want to flee. Why is nobody protesting? Why is there a ceasefire with a terrorist monster (incredible enough) that is still firing rockets at us while, I just heard, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said “It’s to be expected”?

It’s not just the government that’s insane. It’s the people. Even the believers. Even Chabad. What people in this world would put up with this without rioting in the streets, demanding that their government protect them and their families?

Please, please give me some perspective!! I admire Moshe Feiglin very much, and it is good to work through the system if you have time, but this is pikuach nefesh MAMASH.

I am begging for some insight or direction. I cannot function in this kind of insanity; not only in my personal life, but in my business and in my shlichus – is there any way to arouse people to insist that their elected officials actually attempt to protect their lives?

So hoping to hear back from you –

Shmuel's answer:

There are 2 reasons why this is happening:
1) The people have been brainwashed and are simply spitting back what they have heard and seen since the day they were born.
2) As the expression goes; You can take the Jew out of the galut but you cannot take the galut out of the Jew

Let me explain:

When Ben Gurion took the reins of leadership, he made sure to control a lot more than the Knesset. He controlled the schools, the courts and the media. He gave jobs ONLY to people who carried out his ideology and vision and this has continued to this very day. The people are good and have great motivation. The IDF soldiers wanted to go into Gaza and level the place! They were prepared to be "mosser nefesh" but the leadership knocked them down time and again. And then – very shortly, the air is taken out of the balloon. The motivation is gone and the people slip back into their deep slumber.

Why do Chabad shluchim work 20 hours a day? Because their leader – the Rebbe, of blessed memory – worked 24 hours a day. He never tired so neither do they! He pushed and demanded excellence and greatness so that is what they deliver!

Here, the opposite is true. The people are great but the leadership stinks so they wind up dragging the people down with them! They deflate the motivation and the will to succeed. This is EXACTLY what Moshe and I – and hopefully you – are working at changing. We must give our wonderful brothers and sisters guidance and direction. We need to set a personal example. We need to show them how far we are willing to go and I PROMISE YOU - they will follow!!! Look throughout our history – when we had great leaders, the people did great things. When we had horrible leaders, the people were sinners and were just as bad. Stay strong and help us build those leaders and you will be amazed at how high Am Yisrael will soar!!!

The second reason is that for 2,000 years the Jews have lived under foreign rule. They never took care of themselves – outside of the shtetle or little community. There simply was no concept of Nationalism. All they had was themselves, their families and their community (shul, yeshiva, mikva, Chevra Kadisha etc.) They did not have a concept of a nation. In short, someone ELSE was always taking care of them – on a national level – and after 2,000 years, it is hard to purge oneself from that mindset. Therefore, even though it is 5773 and we are in Jerusalem – and it's not 4773 in Poland or Spain – the Yidden still think the same way. The government will take care of us – just make sure the Mikva is clean and the Eruv is checked. This is also what must be changed. But please understand that 2,000 years of galut will not be easily deleted after just 60 years of nationhood.

My friend – there's lots of work to do! Do not be discouraged but get strength and become a long distance runner. This battle will NOT be won overnight and we need the endurance to last until the end - whenever Hashem decides that will be.

With Love of Israel,
Shmuel Sackett

Voting Information

Many people are asking us who to vote for in the upcoming Likud primaries. Some want to know who are the most loyal to the Land of Israel. Others want to know which candidates have no chance, so that their votes for them will not jeopardize Moshe Feiglin's chances to be elected. Here is a guide for the voting- perplexed based on the following principles:

1. Our strategic goal is to get Moshe Feiglin into the Knesset. Nonetheless, under no circumstances will we cynically work against a good candidate just to give Moshe a better chance at winning. It is very important to us that good MKs who proved themselves in the current Knesset (most of them reached their positions with our help!) will be elected again in the upcoming elections. We want them to continue, together with Moshe Feiglin, to spearhead legislation that will guard the Land of Israel and advance the faith-based principles. We are working in close cooperation with all the loyal MKs so that all of them will help each other – together!

2. People are much more involved in their local branches than they were in previous elections. Almost every branch has one of our members on the local council. These people will be at the entrance to the voting stations or at the entrance to special Feiglin tents. Each voter should ask his/her Feiglin campaign local director for a list of recommended candidates. These lists will be provided at the voting stations on Election Day – not before.

3. Different branches may have different lists, but they all complete the picture to ensure that Moshe Feiglin will be elected to the Knesset.

The Likud primaries will be held on Sunday, 11 Kislev, Nov. 25th.

Likud members can vote in these primaries from any voting station in Israel. The voting is on a computer screen. Voters must vote for twelve candidates on the nationwide roster and one local candidate – no more and no less.

Moshe Feiglin is candidate number 144.

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