What is Wrong with Israel’s Right? (And … that of the US, incidentally – Not that different)


Redacted from an article by Moshe Feiglin
The Jewish Press
June 10, 2016

“Pushovers don’t die, they are simply replaced by new pushovers,” says the Israeli adage. But in Israel’s Right, the pushovers don’t die and they aren’t even replaced by new pushovers. The Right always celebrates its political victory and in the blink of an eye, its leaders become tools in the hands of the Left.

Menachim Begin surrendered the entire Sinai Peninsula to Egypt and destroyed Yamit and an entire settlement bloc.

Yitzhak Shamir subjected Israelis to the national indignity of sitting in rooms with plastic covered windows and doors, (trying to appease the US with President H. W. Bush in the first Gulf War) waiting for the Iraqi missiles to explode, instead of allowing the proud and extremely capable Israeli Air Force to protect its own turf and summarily knock down anyone that dare intrude into Israeli air space.

For the first time in Israel’s history, Shamir left the State’s security in the hands of the US
(And, what was the thanks from HW Bush in political capital or greater military capability?  NADA)

Benjamin Netanyahu hugged Yasir Arafat and gave him (almost the entire city of) Hebron.

Ariel Sharon destroyed Gush Katif opening up all of Gaza to Hamas

And now Avigdor Lieberman,  Israeli Defense Minister, is already making more leftist declarations than his predecessor, Moshe Ayalon.

What is wrong with the Right? Why is it that when the Left is in power, it rules and leads the nation according to its principles, while when the Right is in power, the Left continues to rule and lead according to its principles? And it rules by means of the elected officials of the Right, with virtually no opposition.

Why does that happen time and again?

Usually, the Right attempts to answer this question on the basis of faulty character traits: “Begin was weak, Netanyahu is spineless, Sharon was always a leftist and Lieberman is simply corrupt…” But that is ridiculous.

Every leader has his strong and weak points. The above elected leaders of the Right are no less worthy than the leaders of the Left. On the contrary, they are more talented than most. The answer does not lie with their character traits. It goes much deeper:

The Israeli Right does not really have an alternative agenda to the Left. The distinction between Right and Left (between nationalism and universalism) does not revolve around questions of peace and security; it revolves around the question of identity: Is Israel a Jewish State or a state of all its citizens?

Zionism built Israel as a state of all its citizens. The Knesset (with the exception of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee) is the Knesset of the state of all its citizens. The IDF is the army of all its citizens (at least all those citizens who are not considered “Nazis”…) the media are the media of the state of all its citizens, the justice system, academia, culture – Israel is a state of all its citizens. And so, when the Left rises to power — it is “all systems go” for the political actualization of the state of all its citizens principle.

And the Right? The Right has never attempted to formulate a policy that revolves around the Jewish identity of the State of Israel.

After newly minted Defense Minister Lieberman destroys Amona, releases terrorists, opens roadblocks and freezes construction in Judea and Samaria, Israel will go to elections.

At that point, he (and, with different nuances, the rest of the Right) will issue some belligerent declarations about the Arabs and will once again rake in the votes of the pushovers who never die and never need to be replaced.

In order to change the entire paradigm and bring true peace and security to Israel, our state must connect first and foremost to its Jewish identity and identify itself as a unique, liberty-based Jewish State.


Moshe Feiglin

About the Author: Moshe Feiglin is the former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. He is the founder of Manhigut Yehudit and Zo Artzeinu and the author of two books: “Where There Are No Men” and “War of Dreams.” Feiglin served in the IDF as an officer in Combat Engineering and is a veteran of the Lebanon War. He lives in Ginot Shomron with his family.


II Enough is enough.

The Jews need a proud Jewish State where the first order of business is defending its Jewish citizens and any others who are genuinely loyal to the Jewish State. And, their rights will be diligently and honestly protected — unlike the Jew’s experience as a minority, over the centuries, in the lands of others.

Let the Right assume its implied nationalistic identity without apology and direct its institutions accordingly.  Begin by demolishing the self administered arrogance of the far Left Israeli Supreme Court that has chosen the obscene, false narrative of the Left and acted as  a dagger in the side of Israel’s Jewish citizens.

Ultimately make the world understand there is absolute no room in this small strip of land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River for two states, especially when one is designed to be another Arab terrorist state dedicated to Israel’s destruction.

Wake up Prime Minister Netanyahu, master politician. What we need is a master, pro-Israel statesman who understands all of the above and advises the rest of the world accordingly and defends with all his might, Israel’s sovereign right to make exactly that decision.


Jerome S. Kaufman


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