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Likud power-broker: When Biden “or any other diseased leper” humiliates us, he sows the seeds of another Holocaust

Feiglin

Moshe Feiglin heads “Manhighut Yehudit — The Jewish Leadership Movement” an extremist theocon group, which in recent years has established a strong presence in the Likud. Feiglin-endorsed candidates performed strongly in the 2008 Likud primaries and make up a large part of the party’s current Knesset caucus. Vice Premier and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe (Bugi) Yaalon famously used the podium at a Manhigut Yehudit conference to call Peace Now “a virus”.

Writing in Maariv’s online edition ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day warned Israelis that the current geopolitical environment was leading to a second Holocaust (full translation at bottom):

There are two historical lessons that we should remember well from the Holocaust period:

One is that the armies of Czechoslovakia and France, which were much stronger before the war than the German army, went down before it like dominoes, because their leaderships failed to understand the nature of the conflict and based itself on peace processes.

The second lesson, which pertains directly to us as Jews, is that before physical destruction there is spiritual destruction.  Before we are murdered, our dignity is murdered, and we are rendered illegitimate.  Der Stuermer always precedes Auschwitz.  When you agree to be humiliated, you have not forestalled your end, you have brought it closer.  Jewish history is being written today in the State of Israel.  The desire to destroy the state is the same desire to destroy the Jews — to fight against the good.

When the state’s leadership lets Biden or Erdogan or any other diseased leper humiliate us, it sows the hope and uncontrollable desire of destroying us.  When Ahmadinejad started to talk about Israel’s destruction — it should have been clear that from Israel’s standpoint, he had lost his right to take a breath of air in this world.  Since we did not eliminate him, he has been gaining strength, he and his ministers roam freely around the world, whereas Israel has become a pirate ship that has lost the legitimacy for its existence and its ministers are wanted for arrest in European capitals.  We have returned to the days of the “Jewish question,” we are no longer in 2010, we are in nineteen thirty-something.

Whoever warns against a preemptive strike in Iran and prefers to let the world do its work, is behaving just like the Jewish community leaders who sharply attacked anyone who tried to go against the current of the German annihilation machine.  It is clear that resistance had a heavy price.  But the price of appeasement and cooperation was a thousand times more terrible.

Readers abroad who are amazed that the mainstream Israel media provides a platform for this kind of messaging should take a look at this ad, which ran on the front-page of the Jerusalem Post on April 7 2010.

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Lessons of the Holocaust are still relevant in 2010

Op-ed, Moshe Feiglin, NRG [Maariv online], April 11 2010 [Hebrew original here]

I am very ashamed of the Holocaust.  How my people were taken, stripped, humiliated, tortured and led—before the eyes of the joyous Poles, Ukrainians, French and other offspring of Christian enlightenment, how newborn babies were impaled on pitchforks on the way to the death pits, how millions were led to the factories of death, and suffocated and burned, fertilizing with our people’s ashes the fields of Poland and Europe—and all with almost no resistance.

I am very proud of the Holocaust.  If the German Asmodeus, the essence of absolute evil in the sharpest and clearest manner ever revealed in history, if it sees me, the Jew, as its ultimate enemy, then that means that I am on the other end of the scale—in other words, there is something very good about my people.  If it represents absolute evil, then it is very afraid of the absolute good — God — that I represent.

There is no way to explain the Holocaust.  I know survivors who are not on speaking terms with God.  I know many who are the opposite.  I have no right to go there — nor do I have either the ability or the desire to do so.  But irrespective of the theological questions surrounding the Holocaust, one clear thing occurred in its wake: Jewish history stopped being written in exile and started to be written in the Land of Israel.

Very soon, the Jewish people is going to become, for the first time since the First Temple period (!), a people the majority of which live in the Holy Land.  This fact constitutes a spiritual critical mass.  Jewish law changes in several realms following the demographic fact that “most of its sons are on [the land].”  The absolute number that we are talking about, the absolute number that we are approaching in the Land of Israel—is chilling.  Six million.

A lamb among 70 wolves may be devoured

In the days after Passover, I though to myself that we may have become enamored with the act of walking on dry land within the sea, with the water like a wall to the right and to the left of us.  I think Ephraim Kishon once wrote that with us, miracles are part of policy or something of the sort—I would be glad for someone to remind me of the exact wording.

The only difference between us and the Israelites of that time is that they saw the water standing next to them—and we choose to ignore it.  We apparently are very devout believers, because we are certain that the sea will never return to its natural state and wash over us.

So I hate to say it, but the natural state is that of the Holocaust, not the days before and after it.  What happened 65 years ago is that God, for a certain period, stopped holding back the sea to the right and the left of us.  What did we think—that a lamb among 70 wolves would never be devoured?

This God, who chose us to be his people to attest to his existence by the fact of our eternal existence, has made us a target for extermination by every evil in the world.  It is certainly understandable why parts of us constantly try to escape this fate.  As individuals, this may be possible—we may be able to assimilate and rid ourselves of this trouble.  But as a people, we cannot escape from our path and destiny.  We cannot exist without them.

When the time of national awakening comes, when the gates of the Land open before us but we insist on remaining merely the bearers of religion in exile, the ground burns under our feet.  And when we flee to the other extreme, create an alternative Israeli nationalism and shun Judaism and the Torah, then even if we have decided that we are no longer Jews, but only normal Israelis, even if we have established a modern state and hold 200 atom bombs in the arsenal — we are still six million Jews under the mounting danger of annihilation.

Our obsessive need to maintain international recognition of our normalcy, is causing us to pay in hard currency of homeland territories and security, in exchange for the peace process — meaning the process of our “acceptance” as a normal people among the nations.

We’ve returned to the days of the “Jewish Question”

There are two historical lessons that we should remember well from the Holocaust period:

One is that the armies of Czechoslovakia and France, which were much stronger before the war than the German army, went down before it like dominoes, because their leaderships failed to understand the nature of the conflict and based itself on peace processes.

The second lesson, which pertains directly to us as Jews, is that before physical destruction there is spiritual destruction.  Before we are murdered, our dignity is murdered, and we are rendered illegitimate.  Der Stuermer always precedes Auschwitz.  When you agree to be humiliated, you have not forestalled your end, you have brought it closer.  Jewish history is being written today in the State of Israel.  The desire to destroy the state is the same desire to destroy the Jews — to fight against the good.

When the state’s leadership lets Biden or Erdogan or any other diseased leper humiliate us, it sows the hope and uncontrollable desire of destroying us.  When Ahmadinejad started to talk about Israel’s destruction — it should have been clear that from Israel’s standpoint, he had lost his right to take a breath of air in this world.  Since we did not eliminate him, he has been gaining strength, he and his ministers roam freely around the world, whereas Israel has become a pirate ship that has lost the legitimacy for its existence and its ministers are wanted for arrest in European capitals.  We have returned to the days of the “Jewish question,” we are no longer in 2010, we are in nineteen thirty-something.

Whoever warns against a preemptive strike in Iran and prefers to let the world do its work, is behaving just like the Jewish community leaders who sharply attacked anyone who tried to go against the current of the German annihilation machine.  It is clear that resistance had a heavy price.  But the price of appeasement and cooperation was a thousand times more terrible.

  1. Ido
    April 12, 2010 at 13:16

    link to Hebrew original broken

  2. Simcha
    April 12, 2010 at 16:21

    FEIGLIN FOR PRIME MINISTER!!

    Finally a Jew gets it!!

  3. April 12, 2010 at 23:56

    I think everyone should be ashamed of the holocaust and of all holocausts which have occurred or are occurring now. This should be considered always.. as well as the backlash.

    I wonder which of the millions of Palestinians have been found guilty of closing an over door in Berkenau? None of them? Then I wonder who are the guilty people of the region?

  4. Shoded Yam
    April 13, 2010 at 05:58

    “…Finally a Jew gets it!!”

    Bullshit. For all of his bluster, he’s nothing more than a whiny shtetl yid with a Walter Mitty complex and a penchant for holocaust revenge fantasies. All this whining about being humilated. Please. Worse case of penis envy I’ve ever seen.

    • Robert
      April 14, 2010 at 13:59

      “Bullshit. For all of his bluster, he’s nothing more than a whiny shtetl yid with a Walter Mitty complex and a penchant for holocaust revenge fantasies. All this whining about being humilated. Please. Worse case of penis envy I’ve ever seen.”

      Worth repeating. Hate begets hate, and Feiglin is a monster along with Leiberman and the rest of the Likud rightists.

  5. Jon Galt
    April 13, 2010 at 19:06

    The comments on his article are too much.

    But then what would one expect from lovers of Che, Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, Hitler and all the other mass murderers in modern times.

    Leftist are too much. When they can’t win an argument they use University terms to try and Alinsky their opposition. Comments including the Remez are all too predictable.

  6. April 14, 2010 at 07:56

    Feiglin is correct, even if the poetic aspect of the Hebrew for ‘diseased leper’ does not translate with perfect elegance. Nevertheless, Feiglin has properly channeled the greatest Israeli of all time, PM Menachem Begin; something that should be a requirement for every Israeli Prime Minister; something that Netanyahu has not shown himself capable of doing. Just as some Christians ask WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), the answer to Israeli political nd policy dilemmas should be WWMD or What Would Menachem Do?

  7. April 14, 2010 at 16:08

    Puh-leeze!

    This is highly overblown rhetoric. I am a Jew, a follower of Gandhi and King, and an anthropologist. I am all too familiar with our species’ tendency to violence against its own members. The same impulses occur in Jews, as in every other ethnic group, to destroy those whom they see as ‘them’. I don’t see it that way. For me, being a Jew is an idea, not a place. I wish Israel had been founded in Wyoming or Alberta, rather than in the Middle East, but it wasn’t, for reasons largely due to the USA’s Cold War obsession with the USSR. Not a good plan, in my estimation, but now a fait accompli and we have no choice but to live with it.

    Bottom line: what’s a Palestinian baby worth? Same as a Jewish baby, or an Iranian one. Leave them ALL alone, and their mothers too.

    Andrew Cohen

    • April 16, 2010 at 04:08

      Andrew, if being a Jew is an idea, what is that idea?

  8. Mokhtar Abulata
    April 15, 2010 at 12:08

    I completely agree with Andrew and disagree with Feiglin. I am a muslim and an Egyptian, and have nothing against Jews them selves only Israel. He is going on about ‘them humiliating us those diseased lepers’! Well for how long have you humiliated, condemned, judged, and prosecuted anyone who had anything to do with the Holocaust? A long time, too long, actually till now. Myself I hate everything about the Holocaust its inhumane and against all human, spiritual, and religious codes.
    Lets be honest here, since Belford promise and the initiation of Israel you have been doing worse to the Palestinians. Just like Feiglin said ‘is that before physical destruction there is spiritual destruction’, this is what happening. Pushing people out of their land and home, preventing them from practicing freedom of religion in the places for religion, living divided by a wall, suffering for more than a half a century just because they lived their (Jews, Christians, and Muslims). Then some people are frustrated when others humiliate Israel because of what they are doing. Well I say it out loud ‘Chapeau to them with all respect for having the guts to speak up for whats right’.
    These 3 religions used to live in harmony back in the days in the middle east till the establishment of Israel. Since then nothing but problems to the Jews living in Israel, the Palestinians, the Lebanese, the Syrians, and the Egyptians. What is the vision, the ending that would make everyone happy? Eliminating all Palestinians or keep on breaking them spiritually? Do you think that everyone is going to stand still? Some will speak out their mind, and by time more people will realize what is really happening. Then what is going to happen then…

  9. May 25, 2010 at 05:01

    I disagree on who was the most evil person in history, which is assumed to be Hitler as evidenced by the phrase, “… If the German Asmodeus, the essence of absolute evil in the sharpest and clearest manner ever revealed in history…”

    I think consideration should be given to such inhuman criminals as NKVD mass murderer Genrikh Yagoda. And also the wicked Yezhov. The Bolsheviks were more evil than the Nazis, as they killed ca. 40 million, but the Nazis only 11 million (over 6 million Jews and ca. 5 million Gypsies, Catholics, homosexuals, Soviet POWs…) Also a candidate for most evil human is Lazar Kaganovitch, who was not even part of the same human race as I understand it. He feasted and laughed while millions of Ukrainians were deliberately starved to death in the infamous ‘Holomydor’.

    See this link by Israeli journalist on the Bolshevik evildoers – http://bit.ly/20th-century-evil

    BUT LET US NOT FORGET, China’s Mao Tse-Tong presided over ca. 100 million murders.
    IN SUMMARY, there are many so-called ‘humans’ throughout history who could be claimed as ‘most evil’. As for the 6 million Jews killed by Nazis, many of us Americans wonder why Jews didn’t shoot back or flee eastward to the Bolsheviks?

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