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Moshe Feiglin: Afraid Of Their Own Message

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

At the end of his column, “The Feiglin Bang” (published in Makor Rishon on March 23), editor Amnon Lord predicts one of two possibilities: Either I will lead the Likud with approximately 35 mandates or I will turn into the Uri Avnery (the radical leftist writer and media figure) of the Right.

In truth, I find the second possibility more appealing. After all, since Oslo, all of Israel’s prime ministers have taken the route charted out by Uri Avnery. We did not hear the idea to establish a state for the Palestinians in Israel’s heartland in a Bar-Ilan speech or in a virtuosic appearance before both houses of the U.S. Congress. We first heard it from Avnery. So if I could be the Right’s Uri Avnery, I would grab the opportunity. But due to my lack of appropriate talents, I will have to make do with the first alternative. And with God’s help, I will lead the Likud when the time comes.

Amnon Lord is convinced that when that happens, the Likud will not be able to form a coalition. But the very opposite is true. Not only will the Likud under my leadership win a large majority, but it will also form a broad coalition. Even more important, it will finally start to rule the nation – simply because it will know where it is going.

Lord did not figure in the growing thirst for Jewish meaning on the one hand and Israel’s growing existential distress – a combination of international demonization and our inability to address the threats on our cities from both Gaza and Tehran – on the other. He ignores the direction in which reality is developing and the inability of any leadership that is not faith-based to deal with Israel’s security, educational, and social challenges.

It is clear to me that the road to the Likud leadership is much longer and harder than the road from there to leadership of Israel. The Likud, as an authentic popular party, accurately represents the general public. If approximately one third of the Likud members have already freed themselves from the shackles expressed by Lord and chose the faith-based alternative for leadership of their party, this more or less reflects the current situation in Israel at large. In other words, we are at an excellent starting point.

The reason that Kadima is currently the largest party in Israel and actually defeated the Likud in the previous election, despite all the pre-election polls that showed the Likud winning 40 mandates, is because I was forced out of the Likud Knesset roster.

Lord’s article represents important progress. For the first time, a central writer in a newspaper geared toward the faith-based intelligentsia has dared to discuss the faith-based alternative as a realistic possibility.

The only sector of society that incorporates the elements needed to extricate Israel from its state of crisis is scared to death of its own message and of whoever tries to bring it to the public. It does not surprise me at all that the writer who did not grow up in the religious Zionist milieu is the person who is able to begin to deal with this possibility. By doing so, Lord has joined intellectuals from the Left, who of course attack and denounce me but do not ignore the message and the potential. This is particularly true of Yaron London, who wrote about the “only leader who evokes inspiration in Israeli politics,” and Avraham Burg, who spoke of “the only one who challenges Israel’s political paradigm.”

The setting from which Lord came maintains a very strong leadership mentality. That mindset understands that the combination of vision, leadership, and perseverance ultimately triumphs.

If we don’t want to see how the IDF (with all the religious soldiers and commanders), the courts (with all the religious judges), and the topnotch religious media are all washed away in the next round of Uri Avnery’s vision, we better stop attacking the faith-based alternative and instead join forces to make sure it prevails.

Israel’s Demented Leftist Icon Raves On

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
   In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on America, Uri Avnery, the ancient icon of the Israeli Left, a bitter old fool who serves as living refutation of the belief that wisdom is an inevitable byproduct of old age, placed the blame squarely on the U.S. and its support of Israel.
   America, he wrote, “is hated by millions of Arabs, because of its support for the Israeli occupation and the suffering of the Palestinian people. It is hated by multitudes of Muslims, because of what looks like its support for the Jewish domination of the Islamic holy shrines in Jerusalem.”
   When Yasir Arafat made the world a better place by leaving it in November 2004, a mournful Avnery told Haaretz that the world’s most notorious terrorist, responsible for more dead Jews than anyone since Hitler, would be recognized as one of history’s great men.
   “There is a great similarity to the death of Moses, who removed a people from slavery and led its march to freedom for 40 years, almost exactly like Arafat,” said Avery.
   “There is also a similarity in the fact that Arafat too reached the gate of the Promised Land, saw it from afar but did not enter it. I have been thinking about that a great deal in the past few days. The symbolism here is very great, and because of it the dead Arafat will be even stronger than the living Arafat.”
   Avnery went on to praise Arafat as “a giant,” someone who “will be remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the second half of the 20th century” and described him as “a very gentle person. His hands are gentle, his body language is gentle. And he is a very warm person. Very much so. Filled with empathy….”
   What, asked the Haaretz interviewer, would Avnery have said to Arafat if the two had held a “farewell conversation?”
   “I would say a few things,” Avnery responded. “I would tell him, You are a great leader. You did something for your people that no one else did. And I would say to him, Rest in peace….”
   Given that kind of pathological makeup, it’s hardly surprising that Avnery would react apoplectically to Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress last month.
   In a column that immediately got wide play on the many of the most virulently anti-Israel websites and blogs (where he has long been an honored presence), Avnery compared Congress – unfavorably – with the old Soviet government; implied that those who applauded Netanyahu were similar to the mobs that swooned for Hitler; and, competing his Hitler analogy, essentially labeled the democratically elected prime minister of Israel a dictator.

   Here’s Avnery in all his dementia:

 

     It was all rather disgusting.
     There they were, the members of the highest legislative bodies of the world’s only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Benjamin Netanyahu.
     It was worse than Stalin’s Supreme Soviet, when showing less than sufficient respect could have meant death. What the American senators and congressmen feared was a fate worse than death. Anyone remaining seated or not applauding wildly enough could have been caught on camera – and that amounts to political suicide. It was enough for one single congressman to rise and applaud, and all the others had to follow suit. Who would dare not to?

     The sight of these hundreds of parliamentarians jumping up and clapping their hands, again and again and again and again, with the leader graciously acknowledging with a movement of his hand, was reminiscent of other regimes. Only this time it was not the local dictator who compelled this adulation, but a foreign one.

 

   Avnery would have gullible readers believe his criticism of Israel is reactionary, in the sense that it’s merely a response to what he sees as misguided and immoral Israeli policies, particularly vis-?-vis the Palestinians.

   But as Aryeh Tepper noted on the website Jewish Ideas Daily in a review of a political biography of Avnery (published in Israel and available only in Hebrew): “Years before there were any ‘occupied territories,’ [Avnery] incessantly compared Israel with Nazi Germany, demonizing the Jewish state in language that would later become commonplace in the United Nations and on the ‘progressive’ Left everywhere.”

 

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

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