Deputy Knesset chairman outlines straight-forward five-step plan for Israel
Deputy Knesset Chairman MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) outlined his national plan while in Toronto for Israeli Independence Day, speaking at an event sponsored by the Jewish Defense League and Toronto Zionist Council.
Feiglin called for reconnecting the young generation with the knowledge that it is part of a long historical chain from the days of the Patriarch Abraham, and that it is a “light unto the nations” not just in the field of hi-tech, but rather in terms of the values and spiritual message it has for humanity, reports Shalom Toronto.
At the start of his address, Feiglin praised the establishment of Israel as a divine act, noting how the infant state of Israel defied the odds and repelled numerous trained Arab armies that planned to “finish what (Nazi leader Adolf) Hitler couldn’t do.”
However, Feiglin noted that the miraculous establishment of Israel remains somewhat lacking, because G-d “didn’t want us to be bored.
Feiglin presented an alternate to the “false” peace process, which emphasizes land for peace in Israeli territorial concessions meant to placate the local Arab population.
Throughout history the winning side in war gained land and gave peace to the losing side, whereas modern Israel is being pressed to give land to those who stole it from the beginning and lost in a war meant to destroy the state, argued Feiglin.
A Jewish state, or an Israeli state?
The MK claimed that all of Israel’s problems step from a fundamental contradiction between the “Jewish dream” and the “Israeli dream.” The Jewish dream follows Abraham’s message to be a unique nation, “a people who dwells apart, and not be reckoned among the nations” (Numbers 23:9).
On the other side, the “Israeli dream” poses the Jewish people to be like any other, and stresses that an Arab presence is need to show that Israel is a state based on land, namely the country located in Israel, rather than on a Jewish national identity.
The willingness to remove the Jewish presence from Shilo and the Cave of Machpelah in Hevron stems from the desire to remove from Israel the Jewish identity which is bound up in history, argued Feiglin.
Feiglin quoted Dr. Ron Pundak, the late architect of the 1993 Oslo Accords, to prove his point. Pundak said a month before dying in April that peace isn’t the goal, but rather that the “Israelization” of the state instead of the “Judaization” of the state is the goal.
Five steps to peace
Based on this fundamental problem, Feiglin presented his five-step peace plan.
The first step involves the annexation of all of Judea and Samaria, and the application of full Jewish sovereignty in the area. As part of the move, there would be no security forces in Israel other than the IDF and the Israeli police, and each Arab town would have an Israeli police station with an Israeli flag in it.
Feiglin clarified that “Jewish sovereignty” meant that there would be no other national or religious sovereignty on any part of the land of Israel.
In the second step, all Arab residents of Judea and Samaria who accept that the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish nation alone, acknowledge Jewish sovereingty and promise not to declare war on Israel, would be given the option of staying in their homes with full rights, except for national and political rights.
“The negation of the right to vote for those who declared war is not in the definition of apartheid,” said Feiglin.
In the third step, Arab residents would be encouraged to leave Israel to establish their lives elsewhere. The financial means to encourage such a transfer would come from the money currently supporting Israel’s massive counter-terror security institution.
According to Feiglin, the Arabs in Judea and Samaria are currently unable to sell their homes out of fear that they will be murdered by their brothers, a scenario that would still be possible after Jewish sovereignty wasdeclared, thereby making the financial support necessary.
The fourth step would see a steep rise in building in Judea and Samaria to allow the absorption of Jewish immigrants from all over the world, and in the fifth and final step, a campaign would encourage Jews to immigrate to Israel.