September 20, 2016

4_point_plan.pdf

4_point_plan.pdf



THE FEIGLIN SOLUTION
Principle 1
Immediate nullification of the Oslo Accords, application of full Israeli
sovereignty in all parts of the Land of Israel, no Palestinian control
over any territory.
Principle 2
Arab residents of Judea and Samaria will have three options:
Voluntary emigration, permanent residency status or citizenship for
those who will tie their fate with the State of Israel, as exemplified by
the Druze population.
Principle 3
The Moslem wakf will be expelled from the Temple Mount and the
site will be recognized as a Jewish holy site.
Principle 4
Withstanding the international pressure that will be exerted on Israel.
It will eventually pass.
These key principles are discussed in the following interview.
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How do you define the problem? What is your goal?
My goal is to create a political infrastructure to actualize the Jewish identity of the State of Israel. Let me
explain. In the first stage of Oslo they claimed that the goal was peace. But if peace was really the goal, then
the moment that the Accords caused violence and exploding buses, the Left should have said, ‘We’re sorry, we
were mistaken’. Clearly, Oslo did not bring peace. So why does the two-state solution retain its star status?
It’s because the goal of Oslo was not peace. Rather it was the eradication of the Jewish identity of the State
of Israel and its replacement with the new Israeli-ness. Ron Pundak, one of the architects of Oslo, said that in
a January 2014 interview: ‘I want peace so that there will be Israeli-ness. Israelization of society instead of its
Judaization.’
“One of the ideas at the foundation of Zionism is normalcy, to be a nation like all other nations. The Left began
to understand that we did not achieve normalcy by force, in this Texas ranch that we established in the heart of
the Middle East. They understood that we would not achieve normalcy by preferring territory over peace, so
they changed direction: Instead of striving to achieve normalcy by means of the Land of Israel, they are now
attempting to achieve normalcy by giving up the Land of Israel. Judea and Samaria are the parts of the Land
that connect us most to our Jewish identity. The Left wants to be rid of its Jewish identity both physically and
as a society. They want to be rid of the people who live in Judea and Samaria – those people who they say are
trying to drag us two thousand years back in time.”
The Immigration Experiment Succeeded
Before Feiglin presents his plan, he emphasizes that it is not simply an attempt to control the damage done by
the Left or to find ‘practical’ steps, rather it is based on the understanding of ‘what we want’. He is talking about
the actualization of a worldview predicated on two basic principles. The first is “One nation, one land, one G-d”
and absolute refusal to make Israel a state of all its citizens. The second principle is the safeguarding of human
rights. “I am proposing the application of complete sovereignty in the entire Land of Israel. The border is the
Jordan River and all the Oslo terminology is null and void. There is no such thing as Areas A, B and C. Israel has
every reason to immediately nullify the Oslo Accords.”
If you were to become the Prime Minister tomorrow, what steps would you take?
End the Occupation and end the terror. I propose to end the insane amount of money that we spend until
today on the two-state illusion. Until today, Oslo has cost us more than one trillion shekels. All of these goals
will be accomplished while fully safeguarding the human rights of the Arabs. In the next Operation Defensive
Shield, which is just a matter of time, we will begin to apply sovereignty, and of course, remove the Separation
Fence. The next military operation, which is a necessary part of reality, will be carried out with a strategy, with
the vision of the Right and not the dream of the Left. Not like Operation Protective Edge, the main guiding
factor of which was not to conquer Gaza. Practically speaking, at the moment that we make a military incursion
into a certain area, we will clean it of any hint of foreign sovereignty and of every hostile bearer of weapons. In
Ramallah, Shechem and Jericho there will be a police force with an Israeli flag, just like there was before Oslo.
Whoever fights against us will be eliminated or banished from Israel. Armed terrorists will not remain in Israel.
Either you are a citizen and will be prosecuted in a criminal court, or you are an enemy against whom we wage
war.
What will be done with the territory in which you applied sovereignty?
There will be a tactical stage, in which it will be necessary to control the territory until the justice system can be
changed. We will give the Arab population in those territories three options:
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• Voluntary emigration with the aid of a generous emigration grant.
• Permanent residency, similar to the “Green Card” status in the US – not like what is currently the practice in
East Jerusalem. This status will be offered to those Arabs who publicly declare their loyalty to the State of
Israel as the state of the Jewish Nation. We will safeguard their human rights and will not do anything like
we did to ourselves in Gush Katif.
• The third option will be reserved for relatively few Arabs, and only in accordance with Israeli interests.
Those who tie their fate to the fate of the Jewish Nation, like the Druze, can enter a long-term process of
attaining citizenship.
I ask Feiglin to give me details on the ‘voluntary emigration’ that he wants to advance; the EvacuationCompensation
of Gush Katif applied to the Arabs. He describes a small experiment, in which a manpower
company advertised on Arab websites to have thirty thousand open jobs with an offer to immigrate and work
in Germany. After four hours, they were forced to remove the ads from the websites due to the vast number of
inquiries that they generated.
Feiglin’s assessment is that the numbers support the success of the plan: The need exists for the Arabs and the
will exists for Israel. As far as countries willing to absorb these immigrants, he cites research that he did as a
Knesset Members. Countries like Canada told him that “We will roll out the red carpet for someone who arrives
with fifty thousand dollars in his pocket.”
“You have to understand that our world is desperate for skilled labor,” says Feiglin. The West suffers from a
negative demographic growth and their workforce is shrinking. Now the question is who will they accept: The
Sudanese immigrant who has built mud huts or the immigrant from Ramallah, who has built skyscrapers and
who will arrive with tens of thousands of dollars in his pocket.”
The generous emigration package that Feiglin is proposing is not based on the state budget. Instead, it will
come from resources dedicated today to actualization of the two-state concept. “Before Oslo, there were no
security guard at the entrance to every café, there was not an entire terror-victim department in Social Security
and I used to repair my car in the heart of Gaza. True, we still had our justified fears, but there is no comparison
to the situation today.
The emigration package will include the purchase of the emigrant’s real estate for a respectable sum. Those
who leave will have a sum of money that will help them build their lives in a better place. Israel will also provide
assistance in the search for a host country.
There are 1.4 million Arab residents of Judea and Samaria, according to research provided by Yoram Ettinger
and his staff of demographers. The Jewish birthrate is on the rise, the Arab birthrate is rapidly sinking. Even if
we were to offer citizenship to all the Arabs of Judea and Samaria – and that is not what I propose – we would
still outnumber them. According to polls, more than 60% would like to emigrate. Last year alone, approximately
fifteen thousand Arabs left Judea and Samaria.
And what about the rest of the Arabs? Would you provide them with education
and health care?
I do not advocate the government providing education and health care for the residents of Tel Aviv, and not
for the Arab residents, either. We need as little government as possible. When the State will remove its long
arm from where it does not have to be and focus on what it should be doing, which is providing security and a
justice system – life here will be much easier. The Arabs of Judea and Samaria will pay taxes like everyone else.
And if they resort to terror – they will be punished.
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A Painful, Yet Necessary – Rectification
Feiglin easily refutes the Left’s claim that application of sovereignty in Judea and Samaria without affording full
citizenship to the Arabs living there is problematic. “The Left likes to say that sovereignty and citizenship must
go together, but that is a lie. The US acquired the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, for example, and did not grant
citizenship to the local residents. Israel was established for the express purpose of providing a state in the Land of
Israel for the Jewish Nation. It is perfectly fine for it to create a separate civil status while safeguarding the human
rights of the non-Jews
Our opposition to automatically granting voting rights to  non-Jews as soon as sovereignty is declared is based on
principle. The State of Israel was established to be the state of the Jewish Nation. Israel must express this principle
and defend it.”
What is your view on the Gaza Strip?
Gaza is complicated, but ultimately, there will be no choice and the same solution will apply there, as well. During
the Protective Edge campaign, I opposed the IDF entry into Gaza if the purpose of the incursion was to leave yet
another time.
So it’s all or nothing?
In this case, yes. Justice cannot be cut in half. Oslo is also all or nothing. It implied that nothing belongs to us – not
Sderot and not Tel Aviv. That is why it is now being attacked. Oslo was the beginning of the final deterioration of
Israel’s international integrity. The Balfour Declaration became the original sin and Israel became an error.
And what about Jerusalem?
Jerusalem is the biggest lie of all. It is always on the negotiating table. ‘He who rules the Mount rules the entire
Land’. Everything begins with the Temple Mount. If we leave the Moslem wakf there, Jerusalem will burn. If we do
not remove the decaying tooth, the inflammation will spread. The wakf must be removed from the Temple Mount
and the site must be recognized by Israel as a Jewish holy place.  We must see ourselves as the rightful owners of
the Mount, not as guests.
How will the world react to this plan?
When Israel tells the truth and expresses its moral foundations, the world accepts its approach. When Israel
surrenders – the very opposite occurs. After the Six Day War, when we forcibly captured Judea, Samaria and Gaza,
our international standing vastly improved. On the other hand, when Israel implemented the Disengagement from
Gaza – which on the surface, was what the world wanted – we uprooted all the Jews and left every last grain of sand
– our international standing worsened.
There will be international pressure during the first stages and we will have to withstand it. But the world supports
us when we are right and actively opposes us when our actions prove that we are not just. The main point is justice
and resilience.
Close to the end of the interview, Feiglin wishes to clarify a point. “In Oslo, we lost the sense of the justice of our
cause. Until we restore that, we will not be able to solve anything. Today we say that this is not our land and the
world demands that we leave it. Justifiably so. The world mirrors our own approach. ‘You are sitting on Palestinian
land,’ they say, ‘and you even complain when they oppose you and stab you. If it is not yours, leave.’
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May 06, 2016

Ethics of the Fathers: Chapter One - Texts

Ethics of the Fathers: Chapter One - Texts



Ethics of the Fathers: Chapter One

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1. Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly. They [the Men of the Great Assembly] would always say these three things: Be cautious in judgement. Establish many pupils. And make a safety fence around the Torah.
2. Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G‑d, and deeds of kindness.
3. Antignos of Socho received the tradition from Shimon the Righteous. He would say: Do not be as slaves, who serve their master for the sake of reward. Rather, be as slaves who serve their master not for the sake of reward. And the fear of Heaven should be upon you.
4. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah, and Yossei the son of Yochanan ofJerusalem, received the tradition from them. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah would say: Let your home be a meeting place for the wise; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink thirstily of their words.
5. Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem would say: Let your home be wide open, and let the poor be members of your household. And do not engage in excessive conversation with a woman. This is said even regarding one's own wife--how much more so regarding the wife of another. Hence, the sages said: One who excessively converses with a woman causes evil to himself, neglects the study of Torah, and, in the end, inherits purgatory.
6. Joshua the son of Perachia and Nitai the Arbelite received from them. Joshua the son of Perachia would say: Assume for yourself a master, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every man to the side of merit.
7. Nitai the Arbelite would say: Distance yourself from a bad neighbor, do not cleave to a wicked person, and do not abandon belief in retribution.
8. Judah the son of Tabbai and Shimon the son of Shotach received from them. Judah the son of Tabbai would say: When sitting in judgement, do not act as a counselor-at-law. When the litigants stand before you, consider them both guilty; and when they leave your courtroom, having accepted the judgement, regard them as equally righteous.
9. Shimon the son of Shotach would say: Increasingly cross-examine the witnesses. Be careful with your words, lest they learn from them how to lie.
10. Shmaayah and Avtalyon received from them. Shmaayah would say: Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government.
11. Avtalyon would say: Scholars, be careful with your words. For you may be exiled to a place inhabited by evil elements [who will distort your words to suit their negative purposes]. The disciples who come after you will then drink of these evil waters and be destroyed, and the Name of Heaven will be desecrated.
12. Hillel and Shammai received from them. Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron--a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah.
13. He would also say: One who advances his name, destroys his name. One who does not increase, diminishes. One who does not learn is deserving of death. And one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish.
14. He would also say: If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
15. Shammai would say: Make your Torah study a permanent fixture of your life. Say little and do much. And receive every man with a pleasant countenance.
16. Rabban Gamliel would say: Assume for yourself a master; stay away from doubt; and do not accustom yourself to tithe by estimation.
17. His son, Shimon, would say: All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence. The essential thing is not study, but deed. And one who speaks excessively brings on sin.
18. Rabbi Shimon the son of Gamliel would say: By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace. As is stated (Zachariah 8:16), "Truth, and a judgement of peace, you should administer at your [city] gates.''

February 12, 2016

Salon publishing more anti-Jewish racism

Online magazine Salon published an article ("74% of Gaza homes destroyed by Israel in summer 2014 war have not been rebuilt, as violent repression escalates," Feb. 9, 2016) that contained little news but instead rehashed many anti-Israel falsehoods. Author Ben Norton, who seems to have a penchant for anti-Israel rants as numerous Salon items indicate, uses a January U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) report as his news hook but cherry-picks details and quotations from it and then veers completely off into old and disproven claims about the 2014 Gaza war. Problems with the article include:
  • Ignoring the fact that the slow pace of reconstruction in the Gaza Strip is due to poor Hamas governance and the failure of international donors to fulfill their commitments.

  • Omitting mention of Hamas' use of construction materials and funds to rebuild and enlarge its network of terror tunnels.

  • Inflating both the number of Gaza fatalities in the fighting and especially the proportion of civilians killed.

  • Parroting bogus charges that Israel targeted civilians and disregarding the unprecedented efforts of the Israeli military to avoid civilian casualties.

  • Falsely claiming Israel’s blockade of Gaza is illegal when even the U.N. has found it “complied with the requirements of international law.”

  • Blaming Israel for the poor choices made by Palestinian leaders, their followers, supporters and funders.

February 03, 2016

At the United Nations Nothing Justifies Terrorism, Except Palestinian 'Frustration'

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February 3, 2016
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At the United Nations Nothing Justifies Terrorism,
Except Palestinian 'Frustration' 

This article by Anne Bayefsky originally appeared on National Review.
The United Nations played the Holocaust game last week so it could play another lethal game this week. The ruse consists of making a big deal about the gas chambers for Jews back then, while stoking the fires of anti-Semitism burning right now.

On January 31, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon penned a New York Times op-ed to say at one and the same time that “people will always resist occupation” and “nothing excuses terrorism.” That follows a statement he gave to the Security Council on January 26, in which he said “Palestinian frustration is growing” and “it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as an incubator of hate and extremism.”

Reaction to the claim that it is human nature to stab pregnant women and mothers in front of their children — as Palestinians had done the week before — has been unanimous across the Israeli political spectrum. In the words of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on January 26: “The secretary-general’s remarks give a tailwind to terrorism.”

Nevertheless, the spokesman of the secretary-general doubled down in a press briefing on January 27 with these words: “Absolutely nothing justifies terrorism. . . . At the same time, if we want to see an end to this violence . . . we must address the root causes, the underlying frustrations.”

In short, for the United Nations, nothing justifies terrorism except Palestinian frustration.

It is hardly a secret that the UN agenda is to find reasons for treating the Jewish state differently — notwithstanding the UN Charter’s promise of equality for nations large and small. The settlements bandwagon is one of many.

In effect, the “occupation” rant is the PC version of ISIS’s “Allahu Akbar.” It has been the Arab cry since the minute of Israel’s birth in 1948 and is the verbiage that presages destruction, not peaceful coexistence. It is the complaint about Jews living on Arab-claimed land, despite the fact that ultimate ownership of this land — according to legal agreement — is to be decided by negotiations, not UN fiat.

The bigger picture tells the story. The UN just wrapped up a year in which there were a total of 26 General Assembly resolutions condemning specific countries for human-rights abuse: 19 — that’s 73 percent — against Israel and one, for instance, against Syria. In 2015, the UN Commission on the Status of Women adopted one resolution condemning a country for violating women’s rights: Israel — for violating the rights of Palestinian women.

Finding excuses for demonizing Jews, discriminating against Jews, delegitimizing Jewish self-determination, and just plain old Jew-hatred, is thousands of years old. It has a name, anti-Semitism.

Which is where the UN’s international Holocaust Remembrance Day comes in. At the UN, it provides cover. So on January 27, Ban Ki-moon showed up at the General Assembly’s annual commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz.

After checking-off “present” in his Holocaust remembrance speech, the secretary-general could manage to mention anti-Semitism only once, and only together with “anti-Muslim bigotry.” His UN secretariat also used the day to promote the claim that there were multiple Holocausts, adding for the first time to the rostrum of the annual event a Sinto speaker, who repeatedly referred to “the forgotten Holocaust of the Sinti and Roma.”

The occasion was further desecrated by the Palestinians and their UN collaborators, who managed to hijack the day to hold the annual kickoff of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP). The secretary-general delivered his anti-Semitism/anti-Muslim-bigotry speech at the Holocaust(s) event and then walked into the CEIRPP event and delivered another speech on Israel’s international crimes.

Here is Ban Ki-moon on Holocaust Remembrance Day when he was not in the presence of survivors: “Palestinians are losing hope. Young people especially are losing hope. . . . If we hope to see an end to this violence . . . we must address the underlying frustration.” He said nothing about the “frustration” — actually the deep psychological burden — of necessary and mandatory military service for millions of Israelis throughout the prime of their lives. Nothing about Palestinian responsibility for their own lives, or their choice of more terror over more land, or their refusal to negotiate, or their installation of a terrorist organization to govern the land they already occupy in Gaza.

In late November 2015, Palestinian UN representative Riyad Mansour announced at an exhibit opening held in the public lobby of the UN: “We are so proud that in this popular uprising, the backbone of this uprising are the youth of Palestine.” On January 17 a 16-year old Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli mother of six — a.k.a. a “settler” — in front of her children. And now the UN secretary-general expresses his empathy and understanding of this normal, to-be-expected, “youthful frustration.”

We know what comes next, because that’s a straight line if there ever was one.


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Anne Bayefsky is the Director of the Touro Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust and President of Human Rights Voices. Follow her @AnneBayefsky.