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Moshe Feiglin

In response to the terror attack in Tel Aviv, our prime minister lights memorial candles, our president goes to visit a kindergarten, and our Education Minister goes jogging.

Do you remember Ariel Sharon’s “Restraint is Strength” motto? That motto brought us the destruction of Gush Katif and rockets raining on Tel Aviv. Because when your restrain yourself in the face of your foe, you ultimately fight against your friend.


When the government performs its duty and actively fights the enemy, it is reasonable to ask the public to demonstrate passive strength. But this current farce of “let’s continue as if nothing happened and that shows how strong we are” is not being used to back up government action, but as a cover-up for its fiascos and impotence.

Israel’s government has no inkling of what action to take against this lone-terrorist intifada. There is no organization behind the terrorists – nobody is sending them – and the government is not willing to violate the rules of democracy. So all that is left is to light candles.

Interestingly, the government has proven that it is quite willing to sacrifice all rules and laws when one Arab family is shockingly murdered. So why isn’t it willing to bend the rules just a bit in the face of a wave of terror and murder of tens of Jews?

For example, the government can revoke the citizenship (and social security) of all the residents of villages in which terrorists lives. Why is it okay to torture innocent people in order to (possibly) find one murderer but not okay to revoke the citizenship of those who use it against the state?

In many cases, today’s terrorist is the cousin of yesterday’s terrorist. So why can’t Israel expel terrorists’ families from the country? They are ticking bombs – just like the Jewish arson suspects. The Attorney General would certainly approve.

On second thought, why should I get myself in trouble? Let’s go jogging…

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Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He heads the Zehut 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.