The Opportunity: A Message from Moshe Feiglin for the Manhigut Yehudit Annual Dinner
Yom Ha’atzmaut brings great opportunity on its wings.
The breakdown of ‘peace talks’ is Israel’s golden opportunity to emerge from its defensive strategy and go on the offense; we can go from reacting to initiative; from stammering to clear statements; from excuses to justice.
The Rabin-Arafat handshake – and later, the Netanyahu-Arafat handshake – caged Israeli mentality in the Oslo concept. Twenty years have passed since we adopted the ‘justice’ of the ‘Palestinian’ cause and surrendered our own. The result is international pressure that erodes all the moral, sovereign and security achievements of Zionism.
Israel’s recognition of the ‘Palestinian nation’ and its rights to our heartland turned Zionism into colonialism and the State of Israel into a state founded in sin. Oslo laid Zionism bare of its moral expression. Twenty years later, we are no longer the good guys, the ingathering of exiles and making the desert bloom no longer make us ethical and we have become the ‘new Nazis.”
Israel’s willingness to retreat from parts of its Land, to freeze construction in Jerusalem, to transfer the Temple Mount to Jordanian rule and much more, have dealt a severe blow to our sovereign achievements. Since Oslo, we are less and less a sovereign nation. Before Oslo, Israel’s position ensured that the US would not recognize the PLO. Today, Israel recognizes the PLO, but the PLO does not recognize Israel – and merits American backing.
Now that the Israeli government has been forced to declare the end of the ‘peace’ process, we must present an alternative to the murderous cycle of Oslo. Israel must announce that the Oslo Accords are null and void. We must declare full Israeli sovereignty over all the territory under IDF control and afford the Arab residents of Judea and Samaria permanent resident status. Those Arabs who prove their loyalty may be offered a future option for citizenship. This is the same option that Israel gives the Arabs of East Jerusalem.
The astronomic sums that the cursed Oslo Accords continue to drain from our economy – nearly one trillion shekels to date and more than 10% of our annual budget – can be channeled to creating a generous emigration package for the Arabs and massive Jewish settlement in Judea and Samaria.
This simple program is an ethical plan; a plan that will restore justice to Israel. As the Creator decreed, the Land of Israel is the Land of the Jewish Nation – exclusively. Implementation of this plan is the only way to bring true peace to our region. For that to happen, however, Israel needs faith-based leadership. Bearing this in mind, I have agreed to shoulder that burden. Your help is propelling me toward that role.