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  12/25/2012, Tevet 12, 5773

Feiglin Rejects "Just Following Orders" Excuse


Moshe Feiglin, a candidate from the Likud Party, commented on Naftali Bennett's statement that he wouldn't removed Jewish residents from their homes. Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home Party said last week that he would ask his commanding officer to relieve him of his duties rather then participate in an eviction. The comments set off a debate in Israel.

Feiglin, speaking Tuesday on IDC college radio stated, "a country which sanctifies liberty must reserve a place of honor for conscientious objectors. If we refuse to do so, then we must all request Eichmann's forgiveness for executing him."

Nazi commander Adolf Eichmann famously claimed he was "just following orders" during his trial for genocide. He became the first and only person to be tried, sentenced to death and executed in Israel.

Incidents such as the Disengagement from Gaza in 2005, the Amona riot in 2006 as well as numerous smaller incidents this past year saw Israeli soldiers forcibly removing Jewish residents from their homes in Judea and Samaria.