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My Coffee Break With An Arab MK

"I can get along with you – but with the Zionists, I can’t.”
MK Moshe-Feiglin

MK Moshe Feiglin

“I believe in the person,” the Arab MK said to me. “Not in land.”

I took a sip of coffee and said, “I believe in the connection between the person and the land.”

“And this land that you are talking about – where exactly is it?” asked the MK.

I decided to take a minimalistic approach. I replied, “From the Euphrates to the Nile.” I waited.

The MK seemed lost in thought. He then surprised me. “You are right,” he said. “That’s what it says in our Koran, that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews.”

“But you are a liar,” the Arab MK continued, again surprising me.

“Until now, we have been having a respectable conversation,” I retorted. “Why insult me?”

“Because you are not a Zionist!”

“What does that have to do with anything?” I asked. “I agree with some parts of Zionism, agreeing less with other parts. But why do you call me a liar?”

“You are not a Zionist,” the Arab MK insisted. “I saw you say your prayers before you drank your coffee. You are not a Zionist. I can get along with you – but with the Zionists, I can’t.”

Our conversation had taken a very unexpected turn, and I wanted to be sure that I understood him correctly.

“Perhaps you are confused and think that I am ultra-Orthodox,” I answered. “Listen to me closely. I am all for the Israeli flag, two stripes and the Star of David from the Nile to the Euphrates – and you tell me that you can get along with me? But with the Zionists, who are constantly offering you more and more pieces of their land – with them, you never get along. If Ben-Gurion had declared the state within the borders of the Histadrut building – a place that no Arab foot had ever stepped – you would also have attacked there and slaughtered everyone.”

“True,” answered the MK without hesitation. “It is not a question of territory at all. It is a question of substance. For an Arab, the word ‘Zionism’ is the most foul of words. The Zionists are colonialists, heretics, white men who came from Europe and forced themselves upon us. You are something different. We can get along with you.”

I believe the prime minister. Benjamin Netanyahu is not Ariel Sharon. He has been honest. He has spoken about the two-state solution at the most respectable venues in Israel and overseas, and has remained firm in his stand. But even if he retreats to the Histadrut building, he will not have peace.

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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9 Responses to “My Coffee Break With An Arab MK”

  1. mr feiglin is delusional if he thinks that because he makes a bracha but is vehemently against any rational settlement of the issues he can achieve anything even resembling peace.

  2. CpaHoffman says:

    mr feiglin is delusional if he thinks that because
    he makes a bracha but is vehemently against any rational settlement of
    the issues he can achieve anything even resembling peace.

  3. Tim Upham says:

    Moshe Feiglin does not mention the name of this Arab MK. So how can he have dialogue with an Arab Muslim, when this person has no name. He should have more dialogue with him, and mention his name.

  4. Tim Upham says:

    Moshe Feiglin does not mention the name of this Arab MK. So how can he have dialogue with an Arab Muslim, when this person has no name. He should have more dialogue with him, and mention his name.

  5. Tim Upham says:

    Moshe Feiglin does not mention the name of this Arab MK. So how can he have dialogue with an Arab Muslim, when this person has no name. He should have more dialogue with him, and mention his name.

  6. There will be peace when there is one total winner and one total loser. Neville Chaimberlain sought dialogue and reconciliation with Hitler, signed a piece of paper, declared "Peace in our time," and got WWII. The West then fought for the TOTAL SURRENDER of Nazi Germany and Imerial Japan. We have had peace with Germany and Japan since the end of the war. Our modern Jewish equivalents to Neville Chaimberlain also have their piece of paper sign in Oslo, which is as worthless as poor Neville's. There will only be peace when Israel resettles its Arabs outside of greater Israel. Alternatively, the Arabs will ultimately succeed in destroying Israel through the ongoing "Peace Process" which serves only to delegitimize Israel's right to exist and tthe Jewish People's right to their homeland. It's time for us to choose sides.

  7. There will be peace when there is one total winner and one total loser. Neville Chaimberlain sought dialogue and reconciliation with Hitler, signed a piece of paper, declared "Peace in our time," and got WWII. The West then fought for the TOTAL SURRENDER of Nazi Germany and Imerial Japan. We have had peace with Germany and Japan since the end of the war. Our modern Jewish equivalents to Neville Chaimberlain also have their piece of paper sign in Oslo, which is as worthless as poor Neville's. There will only be peace when Israel resettles its Arabs outside of greater Israel. Alternatively, the Arabs will ultimately succeed in destroying Israel through the ongoing "Peace Process" which serves only to delegitimize Israel's right to exist and tthe Jewish People's right to their homeland. It's time for us to choose sides.

  8. Charles Hoffman is delusional if he thinks that continuing to surrender more land to the enemy will bring piece.
    The reason Feiglin does not say the MKs name is he would like to be able to have an honest conversation with him again. The Arab may not do so if his name is all over the Internet. What delusional people like
    Hoffman don't get is, that the MKs representing the Arabs can actually make piece with people and leaders like Feiglin. Yet they continue to run away from our land identity and destiny, which is what the Arabs loath.

  9. Charles Hoffman is delusional if he thinks that continuing to surrender more land to the enemy will bring piece.
    The reason Feiglin does not say the MKs name is he would like to be able to have an honest conversation with him again. The Arab may not do so if his name is all over the Internet. What delusional people like
    Hoffman don't get is, that the MKs representing the Arabs can actually make piece with people and leaders like Feiglin. Yet they continue to run away from our land identity and destiny, which is what the Arabs loath.

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