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Opinion Editorials, December 2008
Likud Leader, Moshe Feiglin, Israel's Emerging Hitler, to Join Parliament
By Khalid Amayreh
xpis.ps, December 12, 2008
lsrael’s Hitler to Join the Knesset
His name is Moshe Feiglin, but he may very well be called Israel’s Adolph Hitler. On Monday, 8 December, the day the Likud held its primaries, Feiglin won a respectable position on the Likud’s parliament (Knesset in Hebrew) list for the upcoming Israeli elections, slated to take place on 10 February. This means, almost certainly, that Feiglin will become a Knesset member as all opinion polls indicate that the jingoistic party will win the elections and form Israel’s next government.
Calling Feiglin a “Hitler” is not an exaggeration at all. The man stands for and advocates all the fascist ideas and ideals that made Hitler the Nazism evil. In fact, whatever differences there may be between people like Feiglin and the hated Nazi hierarchy have more to do with form rather than substance, e.g. Hitler and ilk believed in the superiority of the Master Aryan Race while Feiglin and tens of thousands of supporters believe in the superiority of the Chosen People over goyem.. And while Hitler would call German territorial expansionism “lebensraum,” Feiglin uses a lesser sophisticated term in reference to Israel’s territorial aggrandizement: Eretz Yisrael ha’Shlema (the Greater Land of Israel) which includes, in addition to mandatory Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and large parts of Syria, Iraq and Egypt.
In 1995, in an interview with the Ha’aretz newspaper, Feiglin described the Nazi leader, Hitler, as “a military genius” and a great nation builder.
“Hitler was an unparallel military genius. Nazism transformed Germany from a low to a fantastic physical and ideological status. The ragged, trashy youth body turned into a neat and orderly part of society and Germany received an exemplary regime, a proper justice system and public order. Hitler savored good music. He would paint. This was no bunch of thugs. They merely used thugs and homosexuals.”
In the same interview, Feiglin sought to give racism a good face. “There can be no doubt that Judaism is racist in some sense. And when they asserted at the United Nations that Zionism was racist, I didn’t find much reason to protest. The people who take racism to mean a distinction between races, and this is a very primitive distinction-must argue that Zionism is racist.”
In 2001, Feiglin urged George W. Bush to fight and try to destroy the religion of Islam, arguing that without targeting Islam itself, the US wouldn’t win the war against terror.
“America will never admit that it is involved in a war of cultures, in fact in a religious war… America will never admit it, and consequently will be unable to fight back. Just like the Israelis. They fail to identify the enemy. They seek the terrorists just as Sharon is pursuing individual terrorists. They are pursuing the wasps instead of destroying the nest. They are afraid of a real confrontation between their values and those of Islam.”
But Feiglin wouldn’t say how he would advise Bush to go about exterminating 1.5 billion human beings.
On the Palestinian issue, Feiglin has very interesting ideas. He claims that “there is no Palestinian nation. There is only an Arabic-speaking public which has suddenly identified itself as a people, a negative of the Zionist movement parasites. The fact that they hadn’t done so earlier only serves to prove how inferior they are. The Africans have no nations either. Only Zulus, Tutsis.”
As to how he would approach the Palestinian problem in case he became Prime Minister of Israel, Feiglin reveals his nefarious plans without patting an eyelash.
According to his Manhigut ha’Yehudit (Jewish leadership) website, he would address the Palestinian issue by ordering “the complete stoppage of water, electricity and communication” to the four million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, (the communications so that the extermination process be carried out as quietly as possible and so that the victims wouldn’t communicate the gruesomeness of the mass slaughter to the outside world). And any attack on an Israeli target would incur “the conquest of the area whose residents instigated the violence, their deportation and destruction of the area’s infrastructure.”
As to how he thinks Palestinian protesters should be dealt with, Feiglin says “he would order the defense budget cut by 30% by retiring all non-lethal anti-protest ammunition such as rubber-tipped bullets and tear gas.
“The non-lethal ammunition aimed at preventing enemy casualties, which goes against the army essence, will be destroyed in mandatory ceremonies held at every military base.”
Eventually, however, Feiglin says all Palestinians, even the pliant ones, will have to emigrate to their ‘other countries’ and Israel will assist any Arab who wishes to do so as much as it can.”
In a press interview published Wednesday, 10 December, he suggested that the government of Israel pay the sum $250,000 for every Palestinian family willing to emigrate.
Feiglin’s genocidal madness goes far beyond the contemplated destruction of the Palestinian community through a combination of mass murder and forced emigration.
His first action after becoming Prime Minister, as quoted in the Ha’aretz newspaper, would be to summon his government to give thanks in prayer on Jerusalem’s Al-AQSA Mosque esplanade.
Over the next 100 days, he would announce Israel’s withdrawal from the United Nations, the closing of its embassies in Germany and other anti-Semitic countries and the rescheduling of the school year along the lines of the Hebrew calendar.
This, he said, would be the first step toward having “the Jewish state’s pulse beat according to the Jewish clock instead of the Christian one.”
No black sheep
Despite his manifestly Nazi-like ideology, Feiglin is by no means a “black sheep” within the Likud, a increasingly fascist party in light of the stridently-fascist views held by the bulk of its leaders and members.
In fact, one can argue with little exaggeration that the Likud in its entirety is now a fascist party par excellence, with the “Feiglin line of thinking” representing the norm rather than the exception.
Take, for example, party leader Benyamin Netanyahu. This man stands for the intensification of Jewish colonization in the West Bank, the acceleration of the pace of Judazing East Jerusalem and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians both in Israel and the occupied territories.
Several years ago, Netanyahu, who is often portrayed in much of the western media as representing the “center right, ” told Israeli college students that Israel should seize an opportunity if one arises to expel as many Arabs as possible from “land of Israel”
And what about Moshe Ya’alon, who has also won an advanced slot on the Likud’s list? This is the man who, while serving as the Israeli army chief of Staff, ordered his troops to mercilessly murder innocent Palestinian civilians, including school children, and bomb apartment buildings and houses packed with civilians, causing the annihilation of many entire families.
In short, we are talking about a party whose leadership and elected members hold a decidedly-fascist discourse. It is a party that can be compared with the Nazi party. In short, Israel under the leadership of people like Netanyahu, Feiglin, Ya’alon will look very much like 1937-Germany.
Now how will the “civilized” and “democratic” west, especially the new American leadership, respond to the menacing drift toward Jewish Nazism in Israel?
Will the West boycott the Likud, and therefore Israel? Will the Quartet (UN, US, EU and Russia) impose conditions on Israel as they had on the democratically-elected Hamas government.
I very much doubt it. Western governments are too morally inconsistent and too politically promiscuous to challenge Israeli fascism.
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