Feiglin: Netanyahu Re-Dividing Jerusalem

Ex-MK says prime minister 'handed over' the Temple Mount and is now rebuilding a wall through the capital.

Gil Ronen ,

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
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Former Likud MK Moshe Feiglin accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday of re-dividing Jerusalem by placing barriers between the Armon Hanatziv and Jabal Mukaber neighborhoods.

Jerusalem was divided for 19 years until its reunification under Israeli sovereignty in the 1967 Six Day War.

"Without identity, the only tool in the government's tool box is more walls and more (decorative) cement barriers in the heart of Jerusalem," wrote Feiglin, whose new movement is named Zehut – Hebrew for "identity."

"Netanyahu has handed over the Temple Mount and is now rebuilding the wall that divided the city before its liberation," he accused.

Feiglin cited Naomi Shemer's famed song, Jerusalem of Gold, which was written before the Six Day War and which expressed sad longing for the city "with a wall in its heart" and the "Temple Mount, whom no one visits."

The verse added to the song after the great 1967 victory proclaimed that "we have returned" and that "a shofar sounds on the Temple Mount" – but that verse can now be deleted, Feiglin said.

"Likud and Mafdal [the National Religious Party, which has turned into the Jewish Home – ed.] destroyed Yamit and an entire settlement strip," he wrote.

"Likud and Mafdal destroyed Gush Katif and an entire settlement strip.

"Likud and Mafdal are now re-dividing Jerusalem."