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      Open Letter to Gush Katif: Apology, Request for Invitation

      Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Likud's Manhigut Yehudit faction, has written an open letter to the residents of Gush Katif. He asks them to invite thousands of expulsion opponents to live with them.
      First Publish: 7/5/2005, 10:45 AM / Last Update: 7/5/2005, 1:05 PM


      Feiglin asks the Gush Katif residents to take a more active role in the resistance to the disengagement by inviting thousands of Jews to stay in homes and yards.

      The letter, published in Hebrew on the Katif.net website, states:

      "We so much wanted you not to be part of the struggle. You struggle was suppoed to concentrate only on maintaining your normal lives and routines. We told you that all you have to do is hold on and not give up, and we would do the fighting for you.

      We said it, and we meant it. Believe me that we meant it. Each of us did what he thought was the right thing to do. Some went from house to house to try to explain, some went to block roads. Some donated to the Believing and Planting Fund, and some did hunger strikes. We did, and we will do more. But now, the moment of truth is arriving, and without our meaning to and without our wanting to, we also need your help in the struggle itself.

      The youths whose faces were torn by the police achieved something. Not just something small - but something amazingly important: The gates to Gush Katif are open. This is because the evil people know that if these gates are closed, the whole country will be closed. And so they're open.

      Now they are planning to raid them in a sudden manner. They will close the gates at the last moment and then suddenly expel them - quick and elegant.

      But even the [new] Chief of Staff... said that if there are 100,000 people in Gush Katif that day, there won't be able to be a disengagement. So the question now is how to bring 100,000 people - even fewer would suffice - to you.

      Without you, it won't work. This summer, you have to put up tents in your yards and invite families to your tsimmers. Families will come from all over the country. They will have an "active vacation." The youth will work in the greenhouses, or distribute orange ribbons, or study Torah, or go to the beach, which is also important. We'll get to know one another, and in the evenings we'll sit together on the grass, we'll have barbecues, we'll learn Torah, we'll talk about the situation - in short, we'll be brothers.

      It will all be legal, and it will be fun. Everyone will strengthen each other - and there won't be a disengagement.

      It all of a sudden hit me that closing Gush Katif is the way in which the evil ones want to cause a disengaging, a rift, between us. But this is exactly our strength, because without a disengagement between us, there won't be a disengagement at all! The moment that we are connected one with another, that we are brothers - then we have a mutual Father up there. So the disengagement will simply not be possible - not spiritually, and not physically.

      So once again, I'm sorry. We didn't mean it. But once again, the burden is upon you. We'll come to your tsimmers - and they'll be full, believe me.

      (And if they close the gates, it will be even better, because that will be D-Day and the whole country will be stopped up by the myriads who are stuck on the roads on their way to you. This nightmare is what scares them more than anything, and this was proven last Thursday [when they hurried to remove the closure that was briefly imposed on Gush Katif -ed.]).

      We are sorry that once again the burden falls upon you. We have to come to you - but for this, you have to invite us..."