By Moshe Feiglin
6 Tevet, 5767 (Dec 28)
If you listen to former Mosad Chief Donny Yatom or to a wide range of intellectuals and public opinion makers, you will conclude that all the rapid escapes, disengagements, peace pacts and restraints that the Oslo people have wrought upon us have been a dizzying success whose conclusion is clear: We must retreat from the Golan Heights and drive its Jewish residents out of their homes, we must continue to supply the good terrorists with weapons so that they can fight the bad terrorists, and, of course, we must release all the bad terrorists in Israeli jails so that they can join forces with the good terrorists. Even Gilad Shalit's father spoke this week in favor of a terrorist release prior to his son's release. We do not accuse all of these people of stupidity or wickedness. Something much deeper is triggering their solutions.
The hard core Leftists control all the State's power hubs that are not up for election -- culture, security, justice and economy. As far as they are concerned, if it is impossible to make peace -- in other words, if it is impossible for Israel to be a normal nation accepted by its neighbors -- there is no reason for the State to exist. The most basic Zionist ethos calls for normalization of the Jewish nation. The powers that be -- the Left -- have no intention of surrendering that vision. They will continue to grab at every last straw -- as ridiculous or dangerous as it may be -- in a desperate attempt to realize their vision.
It is important to understand that Israel's defense policy derives from Leftist Messianism. When Yossi Beilin, Shimon Peres and other Oslo criminals illegally met with terrorists, opening Israel's floodgates to the largest terror organization in the world, it wasn't because they were stupid or suffered from political/security myopia. They were simply clinging to the last straw they could find in their attempt to be accepted to the family of nations. As far as they are concerned, any "window of opportunity" is worth the risk, for if we do not make peace with our would-be murderers, we will remain a nation apart from all other nations. In other words, we will remain alone -- with only our Jewish identity.
Israel's government is reminiscent of those assimilated Jews who, when forced by the Nazis to accept their identity, preferred to commit suicide rather than face the truth. Israel's government will continue to cling to its suicidal policies in an effort to maintain its control over the nation against all odds -- marching stridently toward the unfeasible vision of negation of its Jewish identity and national assimilation.
The current leadership mindset will never come up with a solution for the Kassams because having a solution means fighting, winning and defeating the other side. Obviously, it doesn't have a clue how to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat.
Clearly, the solution is outside the parameters of Israel's Western-based ideology. It exists on the plane of Jewish identity that will elect Jewish leadership to express our Jewish values and destiny.
Rivka, who attended the conference although she knew almost nothing about Manhigut, described her feelings at the end of the evening as a tremendous sense of relief. Concerned about Israel's future, she had tried activism in various political factions, but always left disappointed. "Do you hear what he's saying?" she loudly whispered in the middle of Michael Fuah's speech. "He said that when you vote Left, you get Left, and when you vote Right, you get double Left! Why hasn't anybody dared say that before?" Rivka is now busily handing out Manhigut Yehudit brochures to her friends and acquaintances, preparing the ground for a local meeting that she plans to hold at her home. "Nobody but Manhigut Yehudit is proposing a realistic solution," she says. "My friends feel the same way and have been extremely interested and supportive."
A couple from Gush Katif called our office after the conference to express their deep thanks. They related that since they were driven out of their home a year and a half ago, they have been despondent. They had always believed in the State, and when the cruel reality finally hit home, they felt that they had nowhere to turn. Looking around, they saw no leadership that was facing reality and taking practical steps to improve it. "The Manhigut Yehudit Conference rekindled our hope and the strength we need to face our problems and solve them," they said. We cannot thank you enough, and plan to do our utmost to create belief based leadership for Israel."
These are just two small examples. There are countless more. The warm response stems from a number of factors:
First, when the Nation has authentic Jewish leadership, it stands up proudly for its values. Second, Jewish leadership is the only all- encompassing solution that there is. That is why everybody feels comfortable with it: Religious and secular, veteran Israelis and olim, those who feel more esteem toward State institutions and those who feel less. Third, the candle-lighting ceremony, that undoubtedly provided the Conference's most moving moments.
The candle lighting ceremony was a perfect example of the difference between sectarian activity and leadership that presents itself as a national alternative. Sectarian leadership will always attempt to disassociate itself from those who it feels will drag it outside the comfort of the "consensus." But leadership that believes that it represents the Nation does not draw its legitimacy from the current government. It clearly declares its intention to replace it. This type of leadership has no problem placing the most reviled and rejected heroes of our generation at center stage. We are not ashamed to lead the way, honoring those people who have paid a price for clinging to the truth.
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