Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Moshe Feiglin was the only MK from the nationalist camp to vote in favor of MK Yaakov Litzman's (UTJ) bill requiring 80 MKs to approve any withdrawals from Jerusalem, Israel's capital. The bill was rejected on Wednesday.
Only 12 MKs voted for the bill, all of whom were from the hareidi-religious parties other than Feiglin.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Feiglin said, "I looked at the empty seats of Likud, Jewish Home, and Yisrael Beytenu, and when their names were called and 'not present' was called - I thought to myself, truly the 'right' is not present."
Feiglin accused the government of adopting a position like that which led to the expulsions from Gush Katif and northern Samaria, saying "then too ministers from the right didn't want to resign because they said the law would pass in any case."
"That's what happened yesterday, there are places where politics ends," stated Feiglin. He added "I'm not more of a patriot than (MK Tzipi) Hotovely or (MK Orit) Struk, but here was a true chance to remove the political fog from above Jerusalem and to determine that it will not be the subject of negotiations."
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid were among the votes against the proposal.
Feiglin asserted that Livni's strong opposition to the bill proves that Jerusalem is on the table in the peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA) that she is running.
"The left constantly feels the country belongs to them, and even if they're a minority they fight for their path," remarked Feiglin, saying "but here when such an important law was proposed, all of the right disappeared, and I ask why."
On Wednesday, Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri similarly criticized the "nationalist" government for turning its back on the bill. Deri commented "those who call themselves a right-wing government chose to forgo the opportunity to keep Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish people, united."
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/31/2013 03:55:00 PM
By Moshe Feiglin
Yesterday I visited with Boaz Albert, the father of 6 from Yitzhar who is in prison after refusing to abide by an administrative order prohibiting him from entering Judea and Samaria. Boaz is a farmer. His vineyards and winery need his constant attention. The administrative order prevents him from being with his family and also means financial ruin. Boaz was arrested at his home and jailed. He has no idea what he is being charged with, but is surre that it is nothing more than suspicion of involvement with “Price Tag” activities: In other words, “criminal” graffiti.
Attorney General Weinstein just announced that he opposes administrative detention against organized crime leaders in Israel. In the case of organized crime, the suspicions against the leaders are murder, extortion, trafficking and more – not graffiti.
I agree with Weinstein: Arrest without trial must completely disappear from our justice system. But to allow it against Boaz Albert while negating it for some of Israel’s most dangerous mafiosos? Is Weinstein simply afraid? Or are his judicial decisions tainted by his political inclinations?
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/31/2013 03:49:00 PM
Monday, December 30, 2013
By Moshe Feiglin
Construction in Judea and Samaria in exchange for the release of murderers is moral pollution and a perversion of the value of settlement of the Land of Israel. Every time that I visited Jonathan Pollard in prison he insisted, "I am not willing to go free in exchange for terrorists."
I prefer to die in prison and not to see one Jew killed by a terrorist who was released for me.” It would be wise for us all to align our scale of values with this amazing man.
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/30/2013 06:57:00 AM
Friday, December 27, 2013
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/27/2013 12:23:00 PM
Thursday, December 26, 2013
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/26/2013 08:29:00 AM
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
By Moshe Feiglin
Yesterday, Health Minister Yael German passed a proposal in the cabinet that ‘regulates’ medical marijuana. “Read my lips,” I said to Yael German and her Health Ministry CEO Rony Gimzo, who tried to convince me of the benefits of their proposal. “We will meet in half a year and you will see that the situation has deteriorated.”
What is the problem? Why do they insist on making it more complicated for so many victims of serious illness to get relief for their pain? Why shouldn’t the people suffering from MS be able to get the cannabis that so clearly helps them?
Some people think that the reason is corruption – plain and simple. That suspicion is not unwarranted: the proposal passed in the cabinet and the fact that the Sarel drug company received a monopoly on the distribution of medical cannabis raises very serious questions. But the corruption – if it exists – is the result, not the cause of the problem.
The reason for the Health Ministry’s insistence on maintaining its control over cannabis distribution is much more than simple corruption. Cannabis is an entity that the government and medical establishments cannot grasp. It is not a medicine; it is simply a plant. It is not clear exactly how it works. Cannabis eludes all their control paradigms. It doesn’t come in a capsule with dosage and manufacturer instructions. They do not really control it. They are not really sovereign over it. The Master of the World is the sovereign and what we need is some humility, basic modesty and understanding that there are things that we cannot wrap our brains around – but they exist, nevertheless. In other words, we must be willing to admit that we are not G-d.
Those who do merit this understanding and faith are truly free. They have been liberated from servitude to the worst form of idolatry: servitude to themselves.
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/25/2013 08:03:00 AM
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
The Turning of Moshe and Facts are Stranger than Fiction: HaRav Nachman Kahana on Parashat Shemot 5774
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 12/19/2013 07:22:00 PM