Feiglin on Getting Arrested and Netanyahu's Resignation

Civil disobedience proponent Moshe Feiglin is recommending road blockings, mass descent to Gush Katif and mass acent to the Temple Mount - but says it is no longer necessary to get arrested.

Ezra HaLevi , | updated: 2:41 PM

Feiglin, speaking with Israel National Radio's Eli Stutz, from Gush Katif, where he moved a month ago, also had advice for anyone who was beginning to get depressed about the prospects of a victorious struggle against the Disengagement Plan. "If you are depressed about the situation, just come to Gush Katif," he said. "The faces and smiles of the people will cure you completely. The best people of our nation are here now - come join us. The spirit is unbelievable."

The two other activities Feiglin is urging all activists to engage in are making their way to the Temple Mount and blocking roads.

"Go to the Temple Mount," Feiglin said. "It is like Uri Tzvi Greenberg said - 'He who controls the mount controls the country.' "

With regard to blocking roads, Feiglin said a change in strategy is in order. "Don't get arrested!" he advised. "When we told people to get arrested, we thought there was a remnant of democracy left - that once someone was arrested he would be protected by the system's rules. We now see there are no rules, no laws and no democracy - they are beating youngsters within an inch of death."

The veteran road blocker recommends that instead of activists sitting in the road for hours, "They should block it until the police come and then run away and block another road."

Feiglin concedes that police violence has succeeded in deterring some who would otherwise be willing to be arrested, but asks that those who are considering engaging in protest activities look to the residents of Gush Katif for inspiration. "When you are going to such an action, you should take into account that police may injure you - one must decide if they are willing to sacrifice at that level," Feiglin said. "One should know that this is nothing compared to the residents of Gush Katif who have risked their lives under 5,000 rockets, and are now risking their belongings as Bassi and the Disengagement Authority threaten them with losing them if they do not leave willingly. Whoever decides whether to go out and fight should compare his sacrifice with their sacrifice."

"This war is not over the existence of Gush Katif, or even about the entire Judea and Samaria - which is certainly on the line. Nor is it even about the entire existence of the Jewish State - because that is on the line as well," Feiglin said. "It is really a fight between those who think the Holy One, Blessed be He is the King of the world - and those who want to erase anything that belongs to this idea - to bring the world back to nothingness."

Feiglin believes that one of the good things that is already coming out of these difficult times is that the events have revealed who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are, in the world of the ambiguous campaign promises of Israeli politicians. "We have a very unique opportunity to see exactly who is good and bad with our own eyes during this period. Very soon, after we win this battle with the help of G-d, it will once again be hard to tell."

Feiglin advises citizens to write down on a piece of paper right now who supported the Disengagement and who is opposing it with the intention of preventing its implementation. "It is very important to remember the names of who went on the side of goodness and who went with evil during this time."

The Likud activist did not wish to give any examples, but when questioned by Stutz, proceeded to comment on Binyamin Netanyahu's recent resignation.

"I am very happy about that act," Feiglin said. "What it means is that the bad guys have to fight another little war. But to look to Netanyahu as the redeemer is laughable. We all know that if Netanyahu really wanted to stop disengagement, he could have done it a year ago - he is doing what he is doing now due to his own calculations, not his ideological convictions."

Asked if he still planned on challenging Netanyahu and Sharon for leadership of the Likud, Feiglin answered that nothing would cause him to pull out of the primaries. "The most important thing to remember, is that there is no real difference between Netanyahu and Sharon. If you are not coming in the name of G-d - if you are not coming from the faithful point of view - you will not be able to stand up to the challenges that reality brings before the Jews dwelling in the Land of Israel these days. It is not a personal thing, it's principle. Therefore, I am going to run against whoever runs - Sharon, Netanyahu, Landau - whoever it is. Not because I have something personal against them - with Sharon I do - and also Bibi's record is not so great by the way - but because it is not about who is running, but about what kind of platform he is running upon. I think I speak to people and they really understand this already - so the chances are good."