web analytics
October 25, 2014 / 1 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



No Strategy Without Vision

Without a vision, strategy is impossible. Tactics become farcical.

Netanyahu shaking Arafat's hand upon handing the Palestinians most of Hebron.

Netanyahu shaking Arafat's hand upon handing the Palestinians most of Hebron. Without a vision, strategy is impossible. Tactics become farcical.

Without a clear worldview, it is impossible to coherently deal with the challenge of the strategic changes taking place throughout the world – and particularly in the Middle East. Before our very eyes, a worldwide and local revolution is unfolding; their significance is greater than both World Wars combined.

The entire Middle East is rapidly returning to its natural state: the constellation that prevailed before World War I and the puppet states created by the victors as a substitute for the colonialism that had fallen out of favor. The entire area between the Euphrates and the Nile is now turning into one large Gaza, longing for the new Saladin, who will gather the spoils and institute hegemony over the greater Arab nation. Will it be Iran, backed by its nuclear program and Hizbullah? Or Turkey, backed by its political power and “connections” with the West?

Everyone stirs the pot, everyone is involved, and everyone has vested interests: the Russians, the Europeans, even the Americans. They are all deep inside the conflict. Only the country in the very heart of the chaos has no goal and no strategy. Israel does not care at all who wins in Syria. It is as if we are the United Nations.

The lack of understanding what we are doing here, the “just looking for a place under the sun” strategy leads the experts and strategic decision makers in Israel to contract their thinking into old and irrelevant dogmas, into lack of creativity and absolutely no prescience. It dooms them to an inherently rearguard war, defense instead of attack, and lowering of all flags.

“In Israel,” Henry Kissinger once said, “there is no foreign policy, but only internal policy.” All we are asking is to let us live in peace. But what can we do? Israel is not located on a pastoral island. The Jewish nation has always been and will always be the beating heart of humanity. Sixty-five years of flight from our Jewish destiny and vision have not concealed the strategic intersection at which Israel is situated, physically and metaphysically, geopolitically and spiritually from the eyes of the world.

Without a vision, strategy is impossible. Tactics become farcical. Red lines are drawn time and again, only to be re-drawn. When the rocks began to fly in Judea and Samaria, the red line was the use of firearms. “If they use the weapons that we gave them, we will immediately return and conquer all the territory,” Yitzhak Rabin explained.

When the red line of Katyusha rockets dissipated, Tel Aviv became the new red line. And recently we were told that the S300 Russian missiles are the new red line.

Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks in the UN and marks out a red line against Iran’s nuclear threat. But if you don’t have vision and a strategy against the rocks, there cannot be any red lines: not for rifles, mortar shells, rockets, advanced missiles – or even a growing nuclear menace.

At the beginning of his previous term, Netanyahu announced that the top priority for his new government would be the elimination of the Iranian nuclear threat. This is still his top priority.

The vision that brought us to this Godly piece of land, the vision that continues to enliven us in the face of the tremendous challenges at our doorstep is tethered top to bottom to one point that is both physical and metaphysical: The Temple Mount. When we turn our backs on the rock of our existence, everything else becomes secondary, insignificant, directionless and, as a result, indefensible.

At the beginning of April, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement whereby sovereignty on the Temple Mount (and in Jerusalem) is hereby transferred from the Jordanians to the Palestinians. I asked the prime minister: if somebody would sell one of our leaders’ daughters to a third party, would they also be silent?

What has taken place in the almost three months that have passed since that time is even graver than silent agreement. The Muslim wakf has advanced to a new stage in its actualization of Islamic sovereignty over the very heart of Jerusalem. It has empowered itself to decide which representatives of Israeli sovereignty, the Knesset, will or will not visit the Temple Mount. But instead of directing the police to enforce basic Israeli laws, the prime minister has directed them to enforce the demands of the Muslim wakf and to prevent a Knesset member and the Knesset Internal Committee members from visiting the Temple Mount.

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.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “No Strategy Without Vision”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Do you know where your vegetables grow?
Not So Kosher Shemittah L’Mehadrin
Latest Indepth Stories
Eller-102414-Cart

I had to hire a babysitter so that I could go shopping or have someone come with me to push Caroline in her wheelchair.

Bills to restore the balance of power in Israel will be fought by the not-so-judicial left.

Widespread agreement in Israel opposing Palestinian diplomatic warfare, commonly called “lawfare.”

Chaye Zisel Braun

Arab terrorism against Jews and the State of Israel is not something we should be “calm” about.

Peace Now Chairman Yariv Oppenheimer

The Israeli left, led by tenured academics, endorses pretty much anything harmful to its own country

We were devastated: The exploitation of our father’s murder as a vehicle for political commentary.

Judea and Samaria (Yesha) have been governed by the IDF and not officially under Israeli sovereignty

While not all criticism of Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism, Podhoretz contends the level of animosity towards Israel rises exponentially the farther left one moved along the spectrum.

n past decades, Oman has struck a diplomatic balance between Saudi Arabia, the West, and Iran.

The Torah scroll which my family donated will ride aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier

The Jewish Press endorses the reelection of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His record as governor these past four years offers eloquent testimony to the experience and vision he has to lead the Empire State for the next four years.

I think Seth Lipsky is amazing, but it just drives home the point that newspapers have a lot of moving parts.

Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.

The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.

Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.

More Articles from Moshe Feiglin
MK Moshe-Feiglin

If Hamas is ISIS, the world asks, why didn’t Israel destroy it given justification and opportunity?

MK Moshe-Feiglin

What is the solution? We must declare, and believe, that the Land of Israel is truly ours and once again build in Judea and Samaria.

During the First Lebanon War, the IDF forced the PLO terrorists all the way to the Beirut port and then to Tunisia. The PLO, which had lost its stronghold in Lebanon, was shattered. Salach Taamri, the most senior and admired terrorist captured by the IDF, was imprisoned in the Ansar detention camp. He was a broken man.

Soldiers at various hospitals complained that they experienced hostility from Arab hospital staff.

A murderous uprising is taking place in Israel; On the roads, In the mixed Jewish-Arab cities.

We did not win the war in Gaza because we are still captive to the concept of the 2 state solution.

Trapped in a false notion of power, America will lose the battle in the same way Israel now loses.

Israel is our land, not theirs – Gaza included. No talk of the 2state solution; 1 state for 1 people

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/moshe-feiglin/no-strategy-without-vision/2013/06/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: