web analytics
February 1, 2015 / 12 Shevat, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Columns »

War On Gaza?

      As calls for all-out war on Gaza increase, it is important to set things straight. As I explained this week in an interview (on the Knesset channel of Israel TV), there is no reason for Israel to enter Gaza unless it intends to stay there, expel the hostile elements, declare Israeli sovereignty and build 100 Gush Katifs.

 

      It is unacceptable to send Israeli soldiers to almost certain death in the booby-trapped alleys of Jabalya for no real purpose. It is not an option to send them to fight, weighed down by a Christian ethical code that prefers their deaths to the deaths of hostile civilians. And worst of all, it is unthinkable to send them to give their lives to conquer the Gaza Strip; to take it away from an arch-terrorist from Hamas, and turn it over to a different arch-terrorist from Fatah who, after a short break, will thank us by renewing the Kassam fire on Israel.

 

      A war on Gaza now will suit Prime Minister Ehud Olmert well. After allowing the situation in the Negev to reach the boiling point, he will stage a war with wall-to-wall public and political support. The war will not solve the problem because it will not be fought with the ultimate objective in mind: to win and remain in Gaza. But there will be deaths and funerals, and these will create public pressure. Olmert will attempt to diffuse the pressure by destroying settlements and throwing their residents into the streets. Soldiers will be killed, settlements will be destroyed – and the Kassams and terror will steadily increase. But in the dust kicked up by all the turmoil, Olmert will have bought himself another two years in office.

 

      If Manhigut Yehudit says “no” to war on Gaza, then what exactly do we propose?

 

      We have proposed a bill in the Knesset that would mandate complete disengagement from Gaza. No, this is not the ideal option. The ideal option, as above, is to re-conquer Gaza, drive out all hostile elements and make it flourish with Jewish settlements. But as long as we do not have leadership that believes in our historic right to the entire Land of Israel, and as long as we do not have leadership that will initiate a war on Gaza to re-conquer and settle it, we must not endanger our soldiers for nothing.

 

      The next best thing we can do is demand complete disengagement from Gaza. We must not supply them with anything. No bread, no electricity, no fuel, no gas – and if it would be possible, no air, either. Any hostility from Gaza should be met with heavy artillery fire to force them to pull the missile launchers all the way into Gaza City and turn all the launching territory into a sure-death zone. The longer the range of the missiles, the farther the sure-death zone will have to extend.

 

      What if the world protests?

 

      In the 41 years that have passed since the miraculous Six-Day War, the State of Israel has done all in its power to convince the world that the Land of Israel belongs to its enemies. We have nobody to blame for that but ourselves. As long as Israel continues to justify the claims of its enemies, it is difficult to think about a return to national sanity. Complete disengagement from Gaza is the most that we can expect from Israel’s current leaders. If Israel is convinced that this action is just, the rest of the world will be convinced as well, and negative world opinion will dissipate.

 

      It is important to join the residents of Sderot in their protests. But our message must be clear: We demand complete disengagement from Gaza - not cynical sacrifice of more soldiers in a rerun of the recent Lebanon war.

 

      To learn more about Moshe Feiglin andManhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership), and their plan for Israel’s future – and to order Feiglin’s newest book, The War of Dreams- visit http://www.jewishisrael.org/.

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 “War On Gaza?”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The United States condemned Iran for honoring Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh but is not so bothered when Abbas honors PA terrorists.
CIA, Mossad Collaborated on Killing Hezbollah No. 2 Leader in Damascus
Latest Indepth Stories
Eli Weiss

Shepherding in the Shomron isn’t your usual kind of shepherding – despite his business-minded beginnings, Eli has discovered that a strong ideological impetus powers the job.

Resnick-013015-Pilot

I said to myself, “This story has got to be told. We’re losing this generation of World War II and if we don’t listen to them now, we’ve lost it.”

Eller-013015

His entire existence was about spreading simcha and glorifying G-d’s name on a daily basis.

IRAN-US-POLITICS-MILITARY

An Israeli strike could theoretically damage Iran’s nuclear program; only US can terminate program

At some point we need to stop simply defending and promoting Israel and start living in Israel

“We Jews are the only people who when we drop a book on the floor pick it up and kiss it.”

Though Zaide was the publisher of The Jewish Press, a big newspaper,I always remember him learning

Speaker Silver has been an extraordinary public servant since his election to the Assembly in 1975 and has been an exemplary leader of that body since 1994.

He spent the first leg of his daylong visit to the French capital at Hyper Cacher.

Drawing Congress into the Iran nuclear debate is the last thing the White House wants.

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

Obama’s foreign policy is viewed by both liberals and conservatives as deeply flawed

Many journalists are covertly blaming the Charlie Hebdo writers themselves through self-censorship.

Why does the Times relay different motivations and narratives for jihadists in Europe and Israel?

More Articles from Moshe Feiglin
MK Moshe-Feiglin

Young, secular Israelis connecting to their Jewish identity, searching for a future with meaning

MK Moshe Feiglin seen with supporters during Wednesday's primary election.

MK Moshe Feiglin’s Likud resignation speech at the Jerusalem Convention Hall Conference

Feiglin: Only true liberty will allow us to genuinely connect to our Jewish identity.

Israel may be a great democracy but it’s a long way from the Jewish state of liberty of our dreams.

Israel recognizes the fabrication called a Palestinian nation; So what do we want from the Swedes?

Israel’s Temple Mount policy prefers to blames the Jews-not the attackers-for the crisis.

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

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.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/war-on-gaza/2008/02/27/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: