Feiglin to the Defense of Yaalon

Moshe Feiglin stands up for Moshe Yaalon, and explains why the media is up-in-arms against Yaalon’s calling Peace Now a “virus.”

Hillel Fendel,

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
Israel news photo: Israel National TV

Moshe Feiglin, head of the Likud’s Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction stands up for Cabinet Minister Moshe Yaalon, and explains why the media is up-in-arms against Yaalon’s calling Peace Now a “virus.”

Yaalon, a former IDF Chief of Staff, elicited major headlines Wednesday night when a recording of his speech at a Manhigut conference earlier this week was released. Yaalon is seen calling Peace Now and the “elites” a “virus” that cause great damage to Israel.
"Whoever doesn’t run to join the Likud now, in order to give people like Yaalon some backing, shouldn’t complain later when the bulldozers raze his home.”

“The elites, i.e., the media, Supreme Court, etc. – become afraid when these ideological forces join together in the Likud,” Feiglin told Israel National TV. “They had gotten used to the fact that even when the nationalist camp wins the election, the leftist agenda carries the day. So now when they see Yaalon joining forces with us, they fear that this means an end to that process.”

Feiglin said that the nationalist public must make sure that Yaalon receives support and does not “crumble.”  “It is very very important for us to strengthen Yaalon and the other right-leaning ministers in the Likud,” Feiglin said, “because if Yaalon crumbles now and backtracks under the offensive of the left, the message to the entire Likud will be that you cannot go against the left.  The only way to stop this process and not allow the Likud to once again become an agent of destruction, as it was in Yamit and Gush Katif, is for everyone to join the Likud and let them know that the national camp really backs this direction.”

Radical left politicians such as Ophir Pines and Chaim Oron said Yaalon does not deserve to be a member of the government. MK Chaim Oron, head of the ultra-left Meretz party, termed Yaalon’s remarks “Kahanist” – referring to the late Knesset Member and Jewish Defense League founder Rabbi Meir Kahane – as well as “inciting to violence” and “polluting of the public dialogue.”

Yaalon and his staffers have not been scared off by the media criticism. A statement released by his office stated, “His positions are well-known and are written in his book.”

Netanyahu Summons Yaalon for Clarification
Prime Minster Binyamin Netanyahu, whose enmity for Feiglin is well-known, quickly disassociated himself from Yaalon’s remarks, and has summoned the Cabinet minister for a “clarification” session this evening (Thursday).  “Yaalon’s remarks are not acceptable, neither in their substance nor their content, and do not represent the government position,” Netanyahu said Wednesday night.

Feiglin said that Netanyahu, in his meeting with Yaalon this evening, “wishes to make sure that the right-wing voices in his party get in line with those of Israel’s extreme left.  This is a process that will result in Netanyahu sending bulldozers to tear down Beit El and Ofrah. The only way to stop this is to join the Likud; whoever doesn’t run to join and get others to join the Likud now, in order to give people like Yaalon some backing, shouldn’t complain later when the bulldozers raze his home.”

In conclusion, Feiglin said, “The only democratic arena is the Likud primaries. You can vote however you want – even if you vote right you get left – but the main thing is to register for the Likud. That is the mission.”




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