Feiglin Outlines Five-Step ‘Jewish Sovereignty’ Plan

Watch MK explain plan to have Jewish identity triumph Israeli identity, annex Judea and Samaria, and encourage Arabs to leave.

By Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar, INN

Feiglin’s address at the local Chabad synagogue can be seen here:

Deputy Knesset Chairman MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) outlined his national plan while in Toronto last Tuesday 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.


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  1. @ Yidvocate: Maybe something like Bennett’s plan or getting there in increments. That is the maximum that has potential of getting to actuality. It unfortunately in Israels political reality is the most one could hope to achieve.

  2. @ yamit82:

    93% of the Palestinian Arabs hate Jews according to the just released ADL poll. But Netanyahu blithers on like an idiot about the PLO changing its stripes and we will find in them a peace partner. G-d forbid. Abu Bluff is actually carrying out the will of G-d by unifying his Fatah with Hamas. We should all say bench gomel such an enemy to the Jews exists, for without him, the Jews are their own worst enemy.

  3. Feiglin has his halacha wrong. The Law for the 7 Canaanite nations applies equally to the Arabs under our sovereignty.

    Never forget the following rule: We are allowed – not obligated – to let such non-Jews live in Eretz Yisrael. If, for any reason (i.e. security precautions), we fear danger of deception, then we are certainly permitted and required to forbid every non-Jew, even the resident alien (ger toshav), to live in the Land. (after all, even converts were rejected during certain periods for certain reasons).

    You shall observe the commandment, and the decrees and the ordinances that I command you today, to perform them. (Deut. 7:11) A ger toshav must accept the position of having no political rights, cannot own property or work the Land. Cannot hold ANY public office and cannot be an employer of any Jew. He must respect and observe all our laws and pay tribute and servitude and must recognize the Jewish sovereignty over the land. If he refuses any of the points mentioned he cannot stay. If he is an enemy or even a suspected enemy he cannot stay, if he upholds Pagan beliefs he cannot stay.

    This also highlights an aspect of the current conversion law debate: Recognizing people as “Jewish” who underwent non-halachic “conversions” would over the course of time lead to the presence of a new category of non-Jews in Israel who are disguised as Jews and who pass this status on to their descendants. This would cast a shade of doubt on all converts, even on those who underwent a valid, halachic conversion. As the non-halachic movements, Reform and others, don’t recognize the Divine origin of the Torah, those who “converted” to them, do not even qualify halachically as a ger toshav. I acknowledge that there are well-meaning people who for a variety of reasons underwent initially a non-halachic “conversion”. They should, in my opinion, be given the chance to correct this mistake and undergo a valid, halachic conversion in Israel.

    When Hashem, your G-d, will bring you to the Land to which you come to possess it, and He will thrust away many nations from before you […], you shall not seal a covenant with them nor shall you show them favor (“lo techanem”). (Deut. 7:2)

    [Regarding this we find in] Avodah Zarah 20a: “You must not give them any consideration ” (Deut. 7:2): Do not give them a foothold [“chanayah”] on the land. Alternately: Ascribe to them no charm [“chen”. Rashi: “Do not say, ‘How fine this non-Jew is!’”]. Alternately: Give them no free [“chinam”] gift. Later on the Talmud concludes, “All are valid.” An additional restriction appears in Rambam, Hilchot Avodah Zarah 10:3,4: We do not sell them houses and fields in Eretz Yisrael… neither do we lease fields to them… Why were our sages strict regarding fields? It is because [leasing them to non-Jews] has two [negative results]: It diminishes the tithes and gives non-Jews a foothold on the Land. We are allowed to sell them houses and fields outside the Land because it [any foreign land] is not our land. It is thus clear that there are two reasons for the Torah prohibition against selling houses, or even leasing fields, to any non-Jew, even if he be one of the righteous gentiles [a ger toshav].

    Rambam mentioned both in discussing the prohibition against leasing fields (Hilchot Avodah Zarah 10:4): “It diminishes the tithes and gives them a foothold on the land .”