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      Feiglin: We've Handed over Negev to Arabs

      Maverick Likud MK says Israel has forgotten it is descended from Sarah, not Hagar, whom Abraham expelled.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 6/25/2013, 11:42 AM

      MK Feiglin
      MK Feiglin
      Hezki Ezra

      MK Moshe Feiglin, a maverick member of the Likud faction, wrote Tuesday on his Facebook page that the vote for regulation of Bedouin lands in the Negev Monday was a defeat for the Jewish people.

      "Last night, Likud and Bayit Yehudi handed over the Negev to the Bedouins,” he wrote. “The vote yesterday had nothing to do with the rights of the Bedouins. All of the courts had sent them packing. Nor was there any act of regulation there. I mean, they'll just take what the new law gives them and won't cede anything on their part.”

      "The real question on the agenda was – whose land is this! Zoabi and Barakeh said so outright,” Feiglin wrote, in a reference to Israeli Arab MK's Hanin Zoabi (Balad) and Muhammad Barakeh (Hadash). “But the Jews chose, as usual, to hide their heads in the sand and deceive themselves, that this was a personal matter and not a national one.

      "In the Bayit Yehudi, they did not even try to make their vote conditional on finding a solution to Amona first,” he added (Amona is a Jewish community north of Jerusalem that faces eviction orders – ed.). “If only one more MK [from Bayit Yehudi] had voted 'nay', and another one was either absent or recused himself, the law would not have passed.

      "The nation of Israel has forgotten that this is its land,” Feiglin wrote. Israel has “forgotten that it is the son of the Matriarch and not the son of the servant-girl who was driven away into the desert at G-d's instruction,” he explained, in a reference to the biblical story of Abraham, Sarah and her lady's maid Hagar, who was the mother of Ishmael from whom the Arabs descended.

      "Out of this state of mind, the Knesset voted yesterday in a way that was apologetic and fawning, vis-a-vis the son of the servant-girl who, in his insolence says – 'I am the lord of the land.'” (A midrashic reference, ed.)

      "I voted 'nay', of course, but I feel no satisfaction,” he summed up. “Never was the fast of Tammuz 17 so tangible for me. The direct link to the destruction of Jerusalem is clear and plain. You gave up on the Temple Mount, you gave up on construction in Jerusalem, you have abandoned the Jews in the eastern section of the city, you have frozen construction in Judea and Samaria, and now you've given away the Negev.

      "The Temple Mount, in the land, is like the heart among the body's organs. He who turns his back on the Mount, loses all of the organs.”