Feiglin Gives Campaign Platform Ahead of Primaries

Moshe Feiglin proposes full and utter sovereignty over Gaza, Judea-Samaria - and economic incentives for Palestinian Arabs to leave.

Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin,

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
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Likud MK Moshe Feiglin presented his campaign platform Sunday, noting in a special interview with Arutz Sheva that his particular angle in the primaries against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is his stance against the "two-state solution."

"The crazy idea of the two-state solution, an idea that was decisive for the Oslo Accords, was adopted shamefully and quickly by every Israeli right-wing [politician]," Feiglin stated, noting that it "left the Israeli public with no alternative."

"There is no leader today that says the exact opposite - one state for one people in one country - and I am going to say it today in a speech at Bar-Ilan [University]," he added. 

"Reality exploded in our faces shortly after the handshake with poor arch-murderer Yasser Arafat, head of the organization to "free all the land of Israel," Feiglin fired. "Who had been shaking his hand were not only representatives of the left but also right-wing leaders. The State of Israel succumbed to this deadly political correctness from the school of the left and the Israeli media."

Feiglin then gave some background into the history of the idea of "two states for two peoples." 

"The two-state idea is an idea initiated in the first place in the sixties by Uri Avnery," he said. "Even Golda Meir understood that the [peace] process violates the justice of our existence here, the loss of our most important weapon, the very claims of our existence here as a sovereign power in our country."

"From that point, the process of rapid deterioration of the country's loss of legitimacy in the world encouraged international pressure against us," he noted. "Someone has to set a clear policy here."

Feiglin added that, in his opinion, even Likud - who is relatively centrist for being part of what many perceive as a right-wing bloc and which has by and large supported the two-states idea - could potentially adopt Feiglin's plan, with time. 

"I want to remind our members of Likud that the Likud constitution depends on one section which has never been omitted: the application of sovereignty in all parts of the Land of Israel in our possession," he said. "Although all of our leaders have strayed from this, they should go back to it, and in my speech I will show how we can do this practically." 

Feiglin also hit back at left-wing writers and public figures, e.g. Amos Oz, arguing that their issue is "not a binational state; their problem is a Jewish state. They do not want a Jewish state and the parts that connect us to our identity. They do not want the Cave of the Patriarchs and the Temple Mount, but Tel Aviv."

Feiglin also laid to rest the fears that a binational state would displace Israel's Jewish majority.

"The figures are: in 15 years, according to the truth of Yoram Ettinger and his team, 85 percent of Jews will be here between the Jordan river and the sea," he said. "These figures refer to the order of half a million immigrants over the next decade and I say there will be a million and a half immigrants. This does not mean that the next morning I give citizenship to everyone in every area we have, but first let's stop scaring ourselves."

"You have to apply sovereignty, to free the poor residents of the state terror regime there, to think straight and say that this is our country, that we do not apply sovereignty only over the entire C as I heard, but to say that the entire country is ours," he added. "This is the only country of the Jewish people and belongs only to the Jewish people." 

Feiglin proposed that, post-annexation, Arabs in Gaza be given economic incentives to leave the region, using money that would already be spent fighting another war. A similar program could be applied to Palestinian Arabs in Judea-Samaria, he said. 

"Young Gazans already pay $ 8,000 - I do not know where they get this money - to find a place on a ship to Italy [to escape] and sometimes drown in the sea [in the process]," he noted, referring to multiple reports that Palestinian Arabs have died en masse while fleeing Hamas terror in Gaza.

"It's a terrible situation and today 65 percent of the Arabs of Judea and Samaria would like to emigrate, as 90 percent of Gaza's Arabs want to emigrate. They are afraid of regimes there and we have to allow those who wish to [emigrate] to do so."

Feiglin's speech with his party platform will be given less than two weeks before the Likud party primaries, due to be held at the end of December.

Recent polls suggest that, if elected, a Feiglin-led Likud would gain 18 seats in the Knesset - more than several other front-running parties but considerably less than the 20+ seats predicted if Netanyahu remained at its head.