Thursday, January 08, 2015

MK Moshe Feiglin After Terror Attacks in France: To Fight Terror, State Must Identify its Enemies

“Will the French learn anything from the massacre at Charlie Hebdo?” asked MK Moshe Feiglin after the terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo Magazine headquarters.
“Nothing at all,” he continued.
“The murderers will surely be caught,” Feiglin predicted. “Just as Bin Laden was caught after 9/11. And just as Hijazi was caught and shot after his attempted assassination of Rabbi Yehudah Glick.
But are the French or Americans or Israelis capable of doing something more significant than killing the immediate perpetrator of the terror attack?
Do they even understand who the enemy is?
The Americans killed Bin Laden, conquered Iraq – and who won?”
“During Operation Protective Edge, at one of the endless briefings of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Security Committee, I attempted to focus the discussion on the essence of the problem,” Feiglin continued.
“I asked the Chief of Staff, ‘Who is the enemy?’
I will not reveal his answer, but I will just say that the question caused a highly awkward moment.
When you do not know who you are, you cannot identify your enemy.
That is why we could not defeat the Hamas in Gaza, which triggered the war in Jerusalem, instead. For starters.
The West in general and Israel in particular blurs identities and essence. This blurring of identity was succinctly expressed by former Chief Justice Aharon Barak who said, “For me, the State of Israel is the state of all its citizens.” With our identity blurred, we cannot identify the threats against us and defeat them.
Extra government funding for security or new weapons systems will not help a country that has lost its identity,” Feiglin concluded.

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