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Beware: Feiglinism Poised To Bring Peace

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

This is how it works: A minister or MK who steps out of line – opposing the destruction of the Ulpana neighborhood, for example – is immediately accused of “Feiglinism.” It makes no difference if the accuser is Tzipi Livni or Ehud Barak. “This is simply terrible,” Kadima MK Nachman Shai explained on the afternoon news. “Feiglin determines the fate of the Likud MKs.”

Feiglin has become a code word for illegitimacy. When someone is accused of Feiglinism, the accuser no longer has to logically argue his point. “Beware,” said Defense Minister Barak to Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon, “if you continue to promote this view, you will be field-marshaled by the Politically Correct Patrol.”

Is the balloon that the media inflate around Manhigut Yehudit real? Do we really determine political fate? What is the real influence of Manhigut Yehudit and of other ideological factions in the Likud?

There is no doubt that all of these factions exert influence. But that influence is far less than what the media attribute to them. True, there will be borderline candidates whose fates will be determined by our votes. But essentially, we are no different than any other voter or voting group in the Likud.

Countless groups, large and small, organize and coordinate their votes. This is the situation in almost every Likud branch. Approximately half of the Likud voters are part of an organized group. According to the numbers, Manhigut Yehudit is certainly an important influence within the Likud, but not as great as portrayed by the media. A diligent and capable MK will be able to get himself elected with or without Manhigut Yehudit.

But, unlike essence, numbers are not the whole picture. Livni, Barak and all the other Feiglinism alarmists are painfully aware that there is a real alternative growing in the Likud. The Likud is in power today because it is an authentic popular party with higher quality leaders. No other party has a leader who even nears the talent and experience of Benjamin Netanyahu.

On issues of essence, though, there is no real difference between the various major parties, not in foreign affairs and practically not in economics. With a bit of political savvy (social unrest plus a few media spins) the political opposition may actually manage to unseat the Likud and make Shaul Mofaz the new prime minister.

The person who is an essential threat to the Shimon Peres agenda that has been forced upon Israeli society since Oslo is none other than me. It is much more difficult to spin essence away. That is why they keep yelling about the contagious Feiglinism.

“What is your peace plan?” I was asked this week at a Likud meeting in rocket-weary Ashkelon.

“It is very simple,” I answered. “The Arabs will hear that Feiglin is prime minister, and there will be peace.”

That is not bragging; it is simply the truth. Today, we do not have peace because the Arabs have nobody with whom to make peace. The Arabs have caught on to our “just passing through” mentality, reflected by Israel’s leaders from all the parties. To make peace, you need a partner. Only the landowner can be a peace partner – and only if he is convinced and convincing that he has no intention of giving up his land. But if we are only passing through here, there is nobody with whom to make peace. If there is a problem with a guest, everybody just tries to hasten his departure.

Those who are truly committed to peace should do all they can to ensure that Feiglinism spreads far and wide.

We’re All Feiglinists, Especially Feiglin

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

On Saturday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak mocked two Likud ministers who criticized his plan to proceed with the evacuation and demolition of Ulpana Hill. His office released a statement saying that Ministers “Katz and Ya’alon must have contracted a severe case of ‘Feiglinism,’” adding, “We hope that, for the sake of the public and its elected representatives in the Knesset, it will turn out that this ‘Feiglinism’ isn’t contagious.”

Call the CDC, put the country on lockdown, it appears that at least in the area immediately surrounding the Ulpana Hill neighborhood, everybody has caught a very serious case of the Feiglinism.

One after another, Likud MKs who got up from the podium to speak to the very large crowd of members of the Likud Central Committee who were assembled to show solidarity with the local residents, paid homage to the new term and congratulated Moshe Feiglin, who was sitting right there by the same dais, on his tenacity in upholding the principles of Feiglinism.

JewishPress.com cornered Moshe Feiglin just before the beginning of the meeting and demanded to know his own definition of Feiglinism.

“Loyalty to the Land of Israel,” he answered without flinching. “If someone loyal to Eretz Israel is being accused of Feiglinism, then, thank God, I’ve been blessed with this honor.”

Then we asked what he thought the pragmatic options were for the locals. He became very serious, even grim, instantaneously.

“Look, I’m from the Likud,” he began. “We’re making every effort to forge a united front within the Likud against this insane plan to demolish a settlement in Eretz Israel. Regarding what to local residents will do – you should ask them. I’ve reiterated in several articles that it is prohibited to leave this place.”

We asked if he thought this time around Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom Feiglin had challenged several times for the party leadership, was on the side of the angels.

“I don’t know, I hope very much that he will be,” said Feiglin.

Cornered by Pressure from Likud Ministers on Ulpana Hill Eviction, Barak Uses Mockery

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon and Transportation Minister Israel Katz on Saturday sharply criticized Defense Minister Ehud Barak for his handling of Judea and Samaria settlements, both stressing their objection to the evacuation of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood, which is slated to be demolished in a month.

The Defense Ministry responded with a mocking statement, saying that “Katz and Ya’alon must have contracted a severe case of ‘Feiglinism’ (a reference to Moshe Feiglin who has been threatening for more than a decade to take the helm at the Likud party from Primi Minister Netanyahu, and to bolster the representation of religious members and settlers). This isn’t good for the state, for its security, its future and the good of the public in general.”

Sources close to Barak joked with Walla News: “We hope that, for the sake of the public and its elected representatives in the Knesset, it will turn out that this ‘Feiglinism’ isn’t contagious.”

Speaking at a cultural event in B’er Sheva, Ya’alon said that if the Attorney General and the Ministry of Defense persist in their plan to evacuate the Ulpana Hill in Beit El, this would lead to the collapse of the Netanyahu government.

“We’ve agreed at the beginning of the term of this government that we would complete the certification of the design and construction processes. Suddenly, we witness only the joy of destruction and no arrangement,” Ya’alon said.

“We are forced to deal with a problem like the Ulpana Hill, where normal people have taken out mortgages, while at the Ministry of Defense and the AG are rushing to destroy the place. We have declared that we would not remove this neighborhood,” he added.

Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Katz, who was visiting the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in Beit El, said that he had come to make his position clear, that the neighborhood homes should not be destroyed. He criticized the Defense Minister: “He took the Ministry of Defense and turned it into a political tool at the expense of residents. There are other ways to gather votes.”

Katz added that “it is necessary to update the government’s position regarding the Ulpana Hill neighborhood. There is no doubt that in its initial response to the High Court, the State did not take into account all the consequences.”

In recent weeks, following the High Court’s order to evacuate the Ulpana Hill in Beit El by May 1, Likud ministers have been applying great pressure on the Prime Minister to prevent the eviction, and last week Netanyahu has held several meetings on the future of the neighborhood, where dozens of families live in multi-story apartment buildings, constructed with funding from the Ministry of Housing.

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