Photo Credit: Moshe Feiglin

“We call upon the prime minister to wake up!” the people at the demonstration following the brutal murder of Ori Ansbacher called out.

“He is very awake,” I said to myself. But out of respect for the (apolitical) gathering, I did not say that in my speech. Netanyahu is very awake and aware of the fact that all those shouting there, with the exception of Zehut voters, are all deep inside his pocket.


He is very aware of the fact that even after he embraced Arafat, was willing to surrender the Golan Heights, gave Hebron to the PLO, released thousands of terrorists, supported the expulsion from Gush Katif, was defeated at the Marmara, surrendered to the Iranians, destroyed Amona, destroyed Netiv Ha’avot, destroyed the Ulpana neighborhood, destroyed homes in Ofra, froze construction, surrendered on the Temple Mount, was defeated in Operation Protective Edge, paid protection money to Hamas, and spoke with Trump about dividing Jerusalem – he is very aware of the fact that the head of the New Right party nonetheless recently committed to endorsing him for the premiership after the elections.

There has never been a leader like Netanyahu who is so beloved by his constituents even after he repeatedly slaps them in the face. So why should he change what is working so well?

He knows that the Land of Israel is very important to his electoral support base, but he knows that tribalism and defeating the Left is even more important to them. Our prime minister is actually very awake. And for that reason, the murders – and the privileges afforded murderers – will continue.

“How can you say that the rightist bloc doesn’t interest you at all?” a childhood friend who was expelled from Gush Katif asked me last week.

“Have you forgotten which party expelled you from your home?” I replied.

Our prime minister is wide awake. For the sake of the Land of Israel and the security of its people, it would be best if he went home to get some sleep.


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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.