Feiglin: Jewish Home Balloon Has Burst

Outgoing Likud MK notes that 'the minute the national camp whistled, the religious sector saved it.'

Gil Ronen,

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
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Likud MK Moshe Feiglin, who will not serve in the next Knesset, said Thursday that the election has exposed the futility of the idea of having a religious Zionist party.

Feiglin announced that he is resigning from Likud and establishing a new party, after blaming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for allegedly tampering with the primary elections and placing him in an unrealistic spot on Likud's list.

Feiglin is convinced, more than ever, that the new movement he is establishing will present Israel with a God-fearing leader.

"I think that the most meaningful balloon to burst was that of the Jewish Home,” Feiglin argued. “Whoever thought that it was possible for the [religious Zionist] sector to produce an alternative to the leadership, discovered again, that once the 'robbed Cossack' begins to scream, religious Zionism again turns into Netanyahu's alternative vote depot.”

The term “robbed Cossack” is an expression with Yiddish origins, describing a perpetrator who presents himself as a victim, and referring to a Cossack marauder who accuses his victims of robbing him. In this case, Feiglin appears to comparing Netanyahu, to the Cossack.

"They wanted to save the person who is still serving as the alternative to leadership of the country,” Feiglin stated.

In this way, Feiglin argued, religious Zionist continues to be “a tail,” and not “the head.”

"Our important basic assumption is that we need a faith-based leadership, otherwise we will remain complete prisoners of the non-faith-based Right that Netanyahu represents, and what has been will continue to be,” he explained. "As long as the faith-based public thinks in term of influence and not in terms of leadership, it will remain captive, in the hands of the Likud.”

"The faith-based public may yet again be just a tail of the national camp, and will always be replaceable, by [Yair] Lapid or a unity government,” he warned. “We saw what happened: the moment the national camp whistled, the sector went and saved it, because the sector does not seek to lead.”