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Message to the Leftists

Do you really think that retreat from the very foundations of our lives will bring us quiet?
A view of Tel Aviv from the area governed by the Palestinian Authority.

A view of Tel Aviv from the area governed by the Palestinian Authority.
Photo Credit: middle-east-info.org

Dear Leftists:

Do you really think that retreat from the very foundations of our lives will bring us quiet?

How is it that you don’t understand that the struggle for the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the struggle for your home in Tel Aviv?

Yes, you are very afraid of war. Of course you are afraid. Who wants a war? But look where you have led the nation of Israel with the disgrace of Oslo. Did you lead us to peace?

You have chosen the path of dishonor. It is the approach dictating that we do not have any holy places, that all is simply real estate and that there is nothing worth dying for. Not even for what is most holy to the nation – the object of all of our longing, the foundation of our identity and destiny. Has your cowering surrender to the belligerence of certain Muslim riffraff brought us peace?

“You were given the choice between war and dishonor,” said Winston Churchill after Chamberlain signed the Munich pact. “You chose dishonor and you will have war.”

“Only Muslims can enter here,” said the Muslim wakf guard at the entrance to the Dome of the Rock, which, until two years ago, had been a tourist attraction for one and all. “This is Muslim territory,” the police officer concurred. “It belongs to the wakf. Your entrance is prohibited – even if you are a representative of the Israeli parliament.”

I have gone up to the Temple Mount, according to law, in keeping with my personal faith and tradition. One television interviewer saw that as a ridiculous act, as if his Feiglinite demon had come out. That TV interviewer was relatively gentle. But TV reporter Moshe Nussbaum, also in the studio, was much more aggressive and determined when he condemned my actions. It was as if he was personally offended. Nussbaum’s reports generally reflect the police establishment’s view, and this time he sounded as if he was talking from their mouths. All they want is for quiet to reign in Jerusalem so that they can continue to eat their sambusak.

* * * * *

If Chamberlain’s dishonor got him World War II, what will we have to go through in exchange for a good sambusak?

The British learned the lesson. They went to war with Argentina over the remote Falkland Islands, across the ocean. This is how the mother of Western enlightenment understands the importance of earth under its feet. But for us Israelis, connection to our land is the connection to the burdensome identity that we have been trying for so long to discard.

The Canaanite experiment that relates to the return to Zion as a pagan connection that skips back in time over the Bible, landing in ancient Canaanite culture, has failed. We cannot be connected to our land without a connection to God. That is why we keep trying to give our land to the Muslims. We will make do with only the outer shell – with the Kotel, the supporting wall of the Herodian expansion. We will cling to the religious wall, to the graves of the righteous, to trees and stones, instead of connecting to the only place that God actually chose for His Presence.

“He who controls the [Temple] Mount controls the country,” said Uri Tzvi Greenberg, the poet of accusation and faith. And we have given up the innermost heart of Jerusalem so that the police can keep eating their sambusak.

Israel is facing its biggest challenges ever. Until the 1980s, the state struggled for its security and financial existence. From the 1980s on, the threat of direct destruction has melted away. Today, there are no more Arab armies on our borders. Parallel to that development, Israel’s economy has been going from strength to strength. The massive number of Russian olim quickly adapted to a competitive market, catapulting Israel to the forefront of the world economy.

The security and economic challenges are making room for the next challenge: the spiritual one.

The threat to our existence is not from the Iranian bomb. First and foremost, it is the result of the flourishing delegitimization of Israel’s right to exist. The Yad Vashem Holocaust museum is the temple of our mere existence. But it no longer fulfills its role. The VIPs who are led there no longer blame themselves for the sins of their fathers – and they are right. They want real answers to justify the Zionist “occupation” in Sheikh Munis – an occupation that threatens world stability! We must make the move from the Temple of existence to the Temple of destiny.

When we retreat from our identity and destiny, both embodied by the Temple, we have no chance to justify our existence in Ramat Aviv (Sheikh Munis). Not to ourselves and not to the world.

This column was translated from the Hebrew version, which appeared in Makor Rishon.

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of Israel's Security and Defense Committee. He heads the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: "Where There Are No Men" and "War of Dreams." Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


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8 Responses to “Message to the Leftists”

  1. Left-wing ideology is self-defeating and harmful to Jewish identity. Israel will not be destroyed by Iran or any other Arab country, but its politicians must mantain watch over those within who stupidly want to surrender not only Jerusalem and Jewish territory for the sake of a fake peace. There is only one Israel, and its Holy Temple Mount with Jerusalem as its Capital. That is the main reason for the return of the Jewish People to Palestine.

  2. Jeremiah Ginsberg says:

    What will it be, the mishegas of Obama or the Torah of Moses? "You shall make no covenant with them.. [Sh"mot (Exodus) 23:32].

  3. Do not attempt to Give away land for peace. No permanent peace will come from that. It is a sin against God.

  4. Month by month, and week by week. The middle east spins more out of control. Iran continues unwavering on it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons and Assad the dictator of Syria is still in power. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Assad of Syria looks like he may be willing to use weapons of mass destruction against his own people and against near by nations as well. If this situation does not drastically change soon for the better, I believe the war in Isaiah Chapter 17 will likely take place. Damascus Syria would be destroyed. The worlds economy would likely collapse as a result and could usher in a one world government movement. I wrote a small 6 page book that outlines what I believe the Bible states will take place soon as well as the potential trends I see at this time. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  5. Dvorah Bee says:

    sometimes one has to fight for what he wants.

  6. Alan Feinstein says:

    The very notion of land for peace is beyond misguided, the only land for peace the Arabs are interested in giving us will be a piece of land Six feet by three feet and six feet down,it will be the of the dead,and that is until they desecrate it.

  7. Dvorah Bee says:

    Yes Alan we know what is wrong, we know what we are facing, but instead of talking and doing nothing, what is being done to change it—where is the street leadership? Grass roots??

  8. Dvorah Bee says:

    Alan Feinstein
    Dvorah Bee · Top Commenter · UCLA
    Yes Alan we know what is wrong, we know what we are facing, but instead of talking and doing nothing, what is being done to change it—where is the street leadership? Grass roots??
    Reply · Like · 2 seconds ago

    Alan Feinstein
    http://www.newamericanjewess.com my blog

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