Likud MK Moshe Feiglin called for Israel to reconquer the Gaza Strip and for the military to set up tent encampments for Gaza civilians near the Sinai border, “until relevant emigration destinations are determined.
In a lengthy Facebook post last week that was addressed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Feiglin pointed out what he perceived to be the failures of Israel’s current Gaza campaign, and outlined key actions he said must be taken immediately.
Feiglin, the deputy speaker of the Knesset, said that “Oslo is finished” and there are “no two states for two people; there is only one state for one nation.”
I did a cursory search for public condemnations of Feiglin recently and haven’t found many from Israeli sources. I’m sure they’re out there, right?
In any event, here’s mine: This guy is the fringiest fringe right-winger in Israeli politics. Nonetheless, he’s also a dangerous and unsavory character. For the past 20 years, Feiglin has been an anti-Oslo activist; in the mid-1990s, he was even sentenced to six months in prison for sedition for his actions against the peace process. Feiglin has publicly expressed support for ultranationalist and terrorist Meir Kahane and his ideas. And he is barred from entering Great Britain because his presence “would not be conducive to the public good.” Feiglin describes himself as a proud homophobe and he believes that women’s role in Israeli society should be based on biblical principles.
He ought to be condemned and censured by everyone; his political ascension over the past few years is terrible for Israel and says terrible things about the direction in which Israeli politics has been moving.