Moshe Feiglin at Manhigut Yehudit meeting in Jerusalem, 2009
|Date of birth||31 July 1962|
|Place of birth||Haifa, Israel|
|Party represented in Knesset|
Moshe Zalman Feiglin (Hebrew: משה פייגלין, born 31 July 1962) is an Israeli politician, Knesset Member, and head of the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction of Israel's governing Likud party. Feiglin won a seat in the Israeli Knesset for the first time in elections held January 22, 2013. Feiglin advocates predicating Israeli policy on three principles: Liberty, Jewish Identity and restoring Meaning into Israeli life. In this context, he opposes coercion of any sort, religious or anti-religious. In addition, Feiglin advocates lottery-based allocation of land to Israel's citizens to alleviate the housing shortage, employing the voucher method to afford parents choice in education for their children, http://www.jewishisrael.org/the-feiglin-platform/free-market capitalism tempered by charity and kindness, transition to a professional, volunteer army, http://www.jewishisrael.org/the-feiglin-platform/ full Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount and in Jerusalem, revoking the Oslo Accords, affording the Arabs of Judea and Samaria permanent residency status and encouraging non-Jews to emigrate. He opposes a two-state solution and advocates that Israel annex the West Bank and Gaza. Feiglin opposes equal citizenship for Israel's Arab minority. On foreign policy, Feiglin is a firm believer in self-reliance, advocating that Israel take care of its security problems alone and not accept foreign aid from the US. Feiglin has twice received 23% of the Likud membership's vote in contests for the party leadership, most recently in the Likud leadership election, 2012.
In 1993, Moshe Feiglin co-founded the Zo Artzeinu ("This [is] our Land/Country") movement with Shmuel Sackett to protest the Oslo Accords. On August 8, 1995, 80 intersections throughout the country were blocked in a massive act of civil disobedience against the Oslo process. As a result of his activities, Feiglin was sentenced to six months in prison in 1997 for sedition against the state by Israel's Supreme Court. The sentence was later commuted to community service.
In November 1996, Moshe Feiglin established the Manhigut Yehudit movement to foster Jewish leadership for Israel. In 2000, the movement joined Israel's Likud party as a faction dedicated to the same goal. Feiglin declared that he would be a candidate for chairmanship of the party as a springboard for premiership of the State of Israel.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Army service
- 3 Manhigut Yehudit
- 4 Political positions
- 5 Feiglin in the Likud
- 6 Peace plan
- 7 Support of Rabbi Meir Kahane
- 8 Controversy and criticism
- 8.1 Comments on Arabs
- 8.2 Controversy over Hitler comments
- 8.3 Banned from Britain
- 8.4 Resistance to Oslo Accords
- 8.5 Reaction from Likud members
- 8.6 Support for Jonathan Pollard
- 8.7 Criticism of U.S. Vice President Biden
- 8.8 Support for cannabis legalization
- 8.9 Approach to homosexuals
- 8.10 Remarks on the role of women
- 8.11 Views on Christians and Christianity
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Feiglin was born in Haifa in 1962, the son of Yaakov Zvi and Esther Feiglin. His ancestors moved to Palestine from Imperial Russia during the First Aliyah. His grandfather was the first child born in Metula, and some of his ancestors were among the founders of Mishmar HaYarden. His father had served in the Jewish Settlement Police during the British Mandate era. His family later moved to Rehovot, where he attended the local Tachkemoni school (of the Mizrachi movement), and subsequently graduated from Rabbi Haim Drukman's yeshiva high school, Or Etzion, and served as a major in the Engineering Corps of IDF. He is the author of the Hebrew language books Where There Are No Men, and War of Dreams, has a column in both the Ma'ariv and Makor Rishon daily newspapers, and appears frequently on international TV and radio. He writes columns regularly for the Brooklyn-based Jewish Press as well. Moshe and his wife Tzippy have five children and three grandchildren. They live in the Israeli settlement of Karnei Shomron, in the Samaria region of the West Bank.
Feiglin is an avid mountain biker, riding most mornings in the Samarian hills just outside his town. He is fluent in American English.
Feiglin enlisted in the Israeli army for the full mandatory three-year term, despite the fact that the commonly accepted enlistment path among religiously observant Israelis is through the Hesder program, which allows those Israelis who wish to do so to pursue religious studies for a year and a half at an approved Yeshiva and have that time deducted from their mandatory service. Feiglin was the only member of his division to volunteer for and be placed in the Combat Engineering Corps. He later signed on to one additional year as a career soldier and attained the rank of Captain. He fought in the 1982 Lebanon War.
Feiglin is the co-founder and president of the Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") faction in the Israeli Likud party. Manhigut Yehudit began as a brainchild of Feiglin and a friend of his, Moti Karpel, who began the movement as the continuation of the Zo Artzeinu protest movement. The main tactical difference between the two in Feiglin's thought is that Zo Artzeinu protested government policy without suggesting an alternative, whereas Manhigut Yehudit seeks to become the government and be the alternative.
Manhigut Yehudit as an initiative was first proposed by Feiglin and Karpel, coincidentally, on the night of Yitzchak Rabin's assassination in November 1995. Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu's surprise defeat of Labor's Shimon Peres the following year on the heels of Zo Artzeinu's protests had, in Feiglin's mind, given the Oslo Accords the Israeli Right's sanction when Netanyahu shook Yasser Arafat's hand and continued the Oslo Process, giving the Israeli voter no real alternative to Oslo besides slight tactical differences toward its eventual fruition. It was at this realization that Feiglin decided to enter politics in order to formulate that alternative himself by running for the Prime Ministership directly.
Lacking the tools to do this and absent a political party with which to stake his run, he was approached by a founding member of the Likud party and participant in the Zo Artzeinu protests who proposed that Feiglin register for the Likud party and register, in turn, the thousands who participated in the protests, thereby building a support base for himself in the party and running for the party leadership, thereby attaining Prime Ministerial candidacy. At present, Feiglin has an estimated 12,000-15,000 loyalists in the party, making Manhigut Yehudit the largest consolidated faction in the Likud's approximately 100,000 strong party membership.
According to Feiglin's own words, Manhigut Yehudit was started to "return the country to the people and lead the State of Israel through authentic Jewish values". The movement believes Israelis deserve a chance to learn about their historical and spiritual past and that Jewish values should be taught in the nation's schools. The movement has challenged the hegemony of Israel's secular elite, demands free speech and open airwaves for all sectors of the Israeli public, and wants to break the monopoly the state has on radio and television broadcasts. Feiglin has demanded that Israeli schools stop teaching the Arab view of the history of Israel, such as describing the creation of the State of Israel as a disaster (nakba in Arabic). He also has spoken out against Israel's undemocratically chosen Supreme Court and called for its members to be selected by representatives of the people.
Feiglin says that the movement’s leadership will arise from "those who have a deep commitment to Torah values." Still, 30 percent of its present members are secular (2005). He opposes the surrender of what he regards as Jewish land, and has demanded the government take action against the estimated 50,000 illegal Arab structures built throughout the country. Feiglin has stated that Likud had "given up true Likud values and acquiesced in the Gaza evacuation."
Feiglin has been on public record supporting the transfer of Arab citizens of Israel who do not accept Jewish sovereignty over the state. This emigration would be encouraged with financial incentives.
Feiglin's politics are very different in a fundamental sense from most Israeli politicians currently serving in Israel's elected institutions, past or present. On Feb. 3, 2014, Israel's Channel 10 television show, 'Night Pipes' cited Feiglin as "the most original thinker in the Knesset". Whereas the stated goal of Israeli leaders since the founding of the State has been an end to the Jewish-Arab conflict with different means of attaining that goal considered between the country's respective right and left wing leaders, Feiglin has openly stated that, though he is not opposed to peace, peace is not his goal, and would not be on the top of his agenda as Prime Minister. Rather, Feiglin's focus is on reforming Israel as an essentially Jewish State by acting on several campaigns on the religious, social, legal, and security fronts. As of 2013, Feiglin has categorized his multi-faceted approach on the values of liberty, identity and meaning.
Feiglin on liberty
On his Hebrew website and in numerous articles and media interviews, Moshe Feiglin has spoken out on issues facing Israeli society today. In a September 2014 article, Israel National News website wrote that "MK Feiglin is widely recognized as a brilliant intellectual with highly original thoughts on numerous issues, including a libertarian philosophy that appeals to many non-religious people. In a May 2012 article on liberty that originally appeared on the NRG Maariv Hebrew website, Feiglin wrote: "Liberty means fighting against coercion of all kinds; religious, anti-religious, economic, cultural, educational and more. Liberty means allocating state land to the citizen. It means privatization of government firms to the public and not to core shareholders. Liberty means liberalized communication – broadcasting license and not broadcast franchise. You want to open up a television or radio station? Buy a wavelength and broadcast as you please within the framework of the law. Liberty means restoring the responsibility for education to the parents, using the education coupon method. It means a gradual transfer to a professional volunteer army. Liberty means prohibiting biometric data bases or any other type of human designation. There is no difference in principle between sophisticated biological marking and tattooing an ID number; both turn our identities into the property of a third party. In both, we lose our freedom. Simply put: We have one G-d above us and we should not be enslaved to another person or mechanism. The state is ours and under no circumstance is the opposite true."
Feiglin is against religious coercion, and is even against the establishment of religious political parties. He has come out against religious legislation such as the Chametz Law, which forbids selling leavened products on the Passover Holiday, when eating or owning leavened food products is prohibited by Jewish law.
He is also a proponent of the civil marriage initiative in Israel which would allow any Israeli citizen to marry without the auspices of a religious cleric. At present, marriage in Israel is impossible outside the confines of a religious system; hence for tens of thousands of people with problematic religious status it is impossible ever to get married in the country. The present system also places the power of divorce in the hand of the Religious courts, who are answerable only to the Supreme Courts. The civil marriage initiative would make the religious nature of marriage entirely voluntary, effectively separating religion and state in this matter.
Feiglin's platform states:
“We have to internalize that this is our Land – exclusively.... Most important: We must expel the Moslem wakf from the Temple Mount and restore exclusive Israeli sovereignty over this most holy site.”
Feiglin in the Likud
In December 2005, Feiglin ran for Likud chairman and won 12.5% of the votes. He came in third out of seven candidates, after Benjamin Netanyahu and Silvan Shalom. He attempted to run for a slot on the party's Knesset list, but encountered severe opposition from Netanyahu, who delayed party elections and advocated making changes to its charter to bar "anyone who has served three or more months in prison" from running as a Likud MK. This would have prevented Feiglin, who served a six-month sentence in the mid-90s for civil disobedience, from running for either an MK or leadership position in the future. Feiglin withdrew from the race on January 3, 2006, following the release of a statement from the Likud party election chairman declaring, in agreement with a prior decision by the Israeli High Court, that Feiglin's conviction was not for "dishonorable" violations of the law, allowing him to participate in future Likud affairs.
In the August 14, 2007 primaries, Feiglin nearly doubled his previous showing and received 23.4 percent of the votes to Netanyahu's 72.8 percent. Netanyahu, fearing a strong showing by Feiglin, tried to have him ousted from the party prior to the vote, and has said he will continue such efforts. On December 10, 2008 Feiglin was voted to the 20th place in Likud primaries. On December 11, following a petition submitted against him by Ophir Ekonis, he was demoted to the 36th spot.
In an article written in 2009, Feiglin stated: "Sad to say, Prime Minister Netanyahu is a pitiful puppet of Peres and his cohorts."
In the Likud primaries held in late 2012 to select candidates for the 2013 elections, Feiglin was the 13th highest vote getter on the Likud ticket.
Feiglin has proposed a plan to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. His plan would include annexing the all post 1967 land currently in Israel's hands and offering financial incentive for Palestinian families in these areas to emigrate to other countries. Feiglin pointed to a poll by An-Najah University in Nablus, which showed that one in three Palestinian Arabs would emigrate to other countries even without a financial incentive, as supporting his plan. Feiglin also proposed that Israel actively encourage Israeli-Arabs to emigrate to the Arab world, and provide assistance to any Arab who chooses to do so.
Feiglin's views on Israel's Arab citizens
About 20% of Israel's citizens are Israeli Arabs. Feiglin was asked about Israel's status as a "Jewish and democratic state" in a 2004 interview and stated: "Why should non-Jews have a say in the policy of a Jewish state?... For two thousand years, Jews dreamed of a Jewish state, not a democratic state. Democracy should serve the values of the state, not destroy them...."
In a 2003 posting on the Manhigut Yehudit website (Hebrew version) setting forth a 20-point political program of his most important policy changes, Feiglin proposed replacing the Knesset with a bi-cameral legislature, whose upper house, which would control all "national affairs", would be "composed exclusively of Jews." The article was entitled "Feiglin's First Hundred Days as Prime Minister." Point three in the program states that he will enact a new Basic Law which will set forth a detailed proposal for a constitution. The Law will replace the at-large election of the Knesset with regional representatives, and would also create a lower house to handle municipal issues, in which Israeli Arabs could be represented. The posting was taken down on Dec. 9, 2008, the day after Feiglin won 20th place in the Likud primaries. However, the posting had been archived by Israeli scholar Tomer Frisco prior to being removed and Frisco wrote a 2012 article analyzing Feiglin's program, referencing the 2003 posting.
In his 2005 book "War of Dreams", Feiglin wrote that his program was: "Israeli citizenship to Jews only [and] the immediate expulsion of any person of another people who claims any sort of sovereignty in the Land of Israel."
"We are busy fighting for Yesha, and refuse to recognize the more dangerous front against the fifth column inside Israel." "We established a state so that we could stop being different and start being normal. If only Jews can be Israelis, then we will never be normal. . . .The fundamental solution is leadership that is not looking for normalcy. The solution is leadership that emphasizes our Jewish identity. Paradoxically, it is only when the Arabs understand that the Israelis do not need them to help them to forget that they are Jews - will we be able to live here in peace with non-Jews who unequivocally accept the fact that Israel is a Jewish state."
It appears that the Israeli Arabs identify with our enemies. There are laws in this country that deal with treason and they should be applied when required. If Israeli Arabs are found helping our enemies, they should be stripped of their citizenship. In addition, if they are citizens, they should not be exempt from paying taxes; they should serve in the IDF, or at least in Sherut Le'umi, the National Service. . . . .If they are against us, we must make every effort to ensure that they leave. If they collaborate with our enemy, they must be removed.
Feiglin's 2013 campaign set forth his legislative agenda regarding Israeli Arabs: "Zero tolerance for Arab citizens' defiance. Enforcement of laws of treason. Enforcement of laws against robbery, rape and vandalism."
Feiglin has repeatedly made clear his view that only Jews deserve to be full citizens of Israel.
The momentum toward citizenship for all residents of Israel, regardless of their religion, is part of the Zionist ideology based on Western culture. If not checked, it will effectively transform Israel from a Jewish state to a state with some Jewish citizens.
The Arab sector is not loyal to the state and does not serve in the army.
Feiglin, responding to a report that Israel's first permanent Arab Supreme Court judge Salim Joubran had refused to sing Israel's national anthem, asserted Joubran: “must return his Israeli ID card and make do with the status of ‘permanent resident.’”
Support of Rabbi Meir Kahane
Both Feiglin's critics and supporters have described him as a latter-day version of Rabbi Meir Kahane. In an interview with the U.S.-based Jewish Press, Feiglin said:
You can find places where we say the same things. You can also find places where we are different. I was in the army when Meir, Hashem yikom damo [may God avenge his blood], was [most] active, so I didn’t get to know him so well. But I can definitely say that the slogan “Kahane tzadak – Kahane was right” has proven itself many times.
Some supporters of Feiglin have called for him to distance himself from Kahane's legacy. In a reply to one such plea from a supporter, Feiglin's deputy and Manhigut's co-founder, Shmuel Sackett, wrote on the Manhigut website shortly after Feiglin's election to the Knesset, that Manhigut Yehudit would never renounce Kahane, and extolled Kahane as "pure and saintly." The article declares that Manhigut will never "bow to political correctness," and that "MK Moshe Feiglin understands this concept very well." Sackett had close ties with Rabbis Meir and Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane, and there are several ideological similarities. Feiglin advocates encouraging emigration of all Arabs under Israel's jurisdiction with financial incentives. He supports annexing all parts of the Land of Israel under Israeli control, developing a legal system more consistent with Jewish values, and restricting Israeli citizenship to Jews and those non-Jews loyal to the State of Israel. In 2005, Feiglin took this idea a step further and suggested that all Jews who wished to be citizens of Israel, regardless of where they lived, should be given full citizenship and voting rights. Feiglin and Sackett are distinguished most from traditional Kahanism through their commitment to nonviolent protest. Kahanism is often associated with militancy and a tacit acceptance of, if not outright support for, violence. Conversely, Feiglin and Sackett are also attacked in some right-wing Religious Zionist circles (including Kahane supporters) for selling out to the Likud.
Controversy and criticism
Comments on Arabs
Of Israeli Arabs, Feiglin said, "They will have to seek the right to self-determination in Arab states. Israel will encourage the Arabs to emigrate to their countries and assist any Arab who wishes to do so," Feiglin was quoted as saying. He insisted there is no such thing as a Palestinian people and that they and Israeli Arabs should relocate, citing a text he had posted on the website of his Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") movement. In a 2004 interview with Yedioth Ahronoth he spoke of "a voluntary transfer to the 22 neighbouring Arab states" of the some 1.4 million Israeli Arabs, who make up 20 percent of Israel's population. "Arabs are not the sons of the desert, but its father," he quoted Sir Claude Jarvis, British governor of Sinai from 1923.
Arabs are “a gang of bandits that never produced anything and never wanted to produce anything – a gang of bandits that for over one thousand years (since Islam was born) has lived on robbery and terror. . . . Since their establishment, the Arab states have produced nothing but poverty, suffering, wars – and fantastic wealth for their leaders.”
We shall offer them human rights without civil rights, so long as they prove their loyalty to their Jewish state host and accept Jewish sovereignty over their land. In such a situation they will be given legal-resident status and they can carry on their private affairs without anyone infringing on their human rights.
In a 2004 report by Jeffrey Goldberg in the New Yorker magazine, Feiglin was quoted as saying:
Why should non-Jews have a say in the policy of a Jewish state?... For two thousand years, Jews dreamed of a Jewish state, not a democratic state. Democracy should serve the values of the state, not destroy them... You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic. You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers.The Arab destroys everything he touches.
On his website, Feiglin wrote:
We all know that most of the fires in Israel are caused by arson. Arson perpetrated by Arabs. Not by nut-jobs, not by criminals. Arson motivated by nationalism. Arson by Arab citizens of Israel. ... Wherever the Arab goes, he brings the desert with him. ... There is not and there never will be democracy in the Arab states - and their economies will never flourish. Israel produces more than all its neighbors combined. That is not because we are extremely industrious. It is because true economic vitality cannot exist in a culture of robbery. ... Arab culture is anti-productive. It has no good and bad, only strong and weak.
In a 2004 interview with the Haaretz daily, Feiglin lauded an extremist settler, Baruch Goldstein, over his killing of 29 Palestinian Muslims in a mosque in the Cave of the Patriarchs — a massacre Feiglin called "an act of resistance".
Controversy over Hitler comments
In an article in Ha'aretz, Yossi Sarid quoted Feiglin, in the context of demonstrations against the democratically chosen Oslo accords, as saying, "Hitler was an unparalleled military genius. Nazism promoted 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." Feiglin clarified his position to the Maariv newspaper that just because he considers Hitler a military genius this does not mean he admires him. In an interview on Israeli television Feiglin accused Sarid and other left-wing journalists of a smear campaign against him by quoting him out of context. He explained his point as saying that just because Germany was a democracy does not give legitimacy to what Hitler had done.
Banned from Britain
Feiglin is banned from entering the United Kingdom due to a decision by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, made public in March 2008, excluding Feiglin on the grounds that his presence in the country "would not be conducive to the public good." A letter to Feiglin from the Home Office said that Smith based her decision on an assessment that his activities "foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs; seek to provoke others to terrorist acts; foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts and foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK." Feiglin responded, "Seeing that renowned terrorists like Hizbullah member Ibrahim Mousawi are welcomed in your country in open arms, I understand that your policy is aimed at encouraging and supporting terror."
Resistance to Oslo Accords
Feiglin was arrested for organizing mass acts of resistance and blocked highways across Israel during the period in which the Oslo accords were debated and implemented. Feiglin was charged with "break[ing] the barrier of obedience to the rule of law" and incitement to commit crimes. Regarding his organization of peaceful demonstrations and the blocking of intersections without a permit, Feiglin was quoted as stating, "We will do all that it's possible to do, including breaking the law." He was sentenced to six months in prison in 1997 for sedition, and the sentence was later performed via community service.
Reaction from Likud members
Relations between Feiglin and his fellow Likud members have been mixed. Likud Knesset member Limor Livnat stated that Feiglin and his friends are "not real Likudniks" and that his faction "cannot be allowed to prevail." In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Livnat explained that Feiglin and his faction must be prevented "from taking over, or the party and the state will be in danger," adding, that "this is not democracy, this is anarchy."
Despite criticism from fellow Likud members, Feiglin has displayed favorable relations with a significant number of former Likud Knesset members. This was manifest during a Feiglin rally at Jerusalem's Ramada Hotel that took place before the 2008 Likud primary after Feiglin promised to throw all his votes to them if they showed up. Former Likud Knesset members Gila Gamliel, David Mena, Daniel Benlulu and Ayoub Kara attended the event despite warnings from Netanyahu's advisers not to do so. Gila Gamliel, who did not vote against the Disengagement from Gaza, eventually took Feiglin's votes and placed 19th, one spot ahead of Feiglin. This ultimately resulted in Feiglin getting pushed down to the 36th spot and out of the Eighteenth Knesset.
Support for Jonathan Pollard
Feiglin is a highly vocal supporter of Jonathan Pollard, a former American naval intelligence analyst who is currently serving a life sentence in the American Federal prison system for spying for Israel. Feiglin, who has called Pollard a hero, has written a number of articles in support of Pollard. In a recent article, Feiglin stated that "Pollard is a Jew who saved the Israelis from American treachery."
Criticism of U.S. Vice President Biden
Support for cannabis legalization
As part of his libertarian political philosophy, Feiglin supports the full legalization of cannabis in Israel, stating of legalization in Amsterdam: "I don’t see Amsterdam as a bad thing. .. There’s no chaos, there’s more freedom for citizens. [Legalization] didn’t upend the way of life." And stating that, "This may be one of the reasons why marijuana is illegal. God owns the patent on cannabis, and the large pharmaceutical companies do not appreciate such an intervention in their market and exert their influence accordingly." The opposition of the Knesset Health committee to Feiglin's proposals have led to multiple controversial confrontations in the Knesset. Feiglin says that "When I expressed my opinion on this issue over a year ago, I had no idea that I had climbed atop such a potent barrel of social dynamite... The debate is not about cannabis. Cannabis is just the tip of the iceberg. The debate is about liberty."
Approach to homosexuals
After his election to the Knesset, Moshe Feiglin met with homosexual groups. Although he does not identify with their lifestyle choices, he told them, he supports their rights as individuals and will fight to ensure that those rights are upheld.
Feiglin wrote an article in 2009 entitled "I Am A Proud Homophobe." In 2012, he wrote several posts on his Facebook page detailing his views on gays. “The gay pride parade isn't about rights. It's about forcing the values of the minority onto the majority, effectively locking the majority into the proverbial closet. Homosexual "rights" undermine the normative family, the foundation of our nation.”
""Throughout history," Feiglin explained, "from Rome to Europe in our day, the approval and spread of homosexuality presaged the decline of nations and cultures. If one reads the Torah portion 'Noah' – this comes as no surprise. . . .The organizers of a pride parade do not wish to gain rights. They strive to force homosexuality as a culture upon the public sphere. . . . A minority has no right to take over public assets. Let the marchers kindly go back to their individual closets. And let them do it without whining, because no one interferes with their affairs in there. Let them give up their attempts at takeovers, and leave the public sphere to normal people. . . .Feiglin added in an additional post: "I have no problem with homosexuals, most of whom are, most likely, good and talented people and no one wants to interfere in their private lives. I have a problem with homosexuality as a culture. This culture subverts the status of the family. And without the family there is no nation, and without a nation there is no civilization."
Feiglin refused to meet with a gay faction within the Likud and was quoting as stating: "[A]s individuals I can’t tell them how to lead their lives and I can cooperate with them on different subjects, but as a group that tries to promote an ideology of their sexual orientation, I don’t think they have legitimacy, especially not in the Likud.” On Feb. 7, 2013, Feiglin met with an Israeli gay advocacy group in Tel Aviv and said he was no longer a homophobe. News accounts of the meeting reported Feiglin's views: " 'I am in favor of you having all your human rights, but I am not prepared by the way to invalidate the special value of the classic family,' he said and made it clear that he still opposed gay marriage and same-sex parenting. 'Every child in the world has a right to a mother and father. It has nothing to do with religion but with my basic perception of the good of the child,' he said."
Remarks on the role of women
During his 2013 campaign, Feiglin reiterated his view that women's role in Israeli society should be based on Jewish Biblical principles. In response to a question about feminism, Feiglin was quoted as saying: “ 'Tel Aviv has become a city that has erased masculinity and where being a man is considered a sickness' and added that feminism has destroyed family values, something essential to Judaism. . . . Pressed further, he stated that 'the man is the family while the woman is the home [literally "house"]' and that in our current culture we are forgetting 'what it means to be a man.' ”
When the Jerusalem city government voted to permit sex-segregated public buses, Feiglin supported the action: "I see discrimination against women as despicable. But it is unreasonable to force an ultra-Orthodox bus company to institute mixed seating on its buses against the wishes of its customers." Feiglin also opposes the Israeli army's decision to allow women into combat units.
Instead of saying that we no longer need families, our lexicon now includes single parent families or same gender marriage. These newly introduced concepts are not contrived for the good of those parents raising their children without the support of a spouse (who should be benefiting from aid when needed). Instead, they revise the way we think of the traditional family -- compromising its pre-eminence and relegating it to "just another option" status.
Views on Christians and Christianity
Feiglin has criticized Christian supporters of Israel, such as Glenn Beck, and challenged the sincerity of Christians who have defended Israel, as well as Israeli Jews who supported Beck. "Jews like it when goyim finally smile at them, but sometimes a smile is more dangerous than a scowl, and this is one of those occasions," Feiglin said.
The Christian conquest is much more dangerous than the Muslim conquest because it is not direct. It is not violent. Embracing and supportive, it connects with Israel against the Muslim enemy. It supports a Jewish Land of Israel in its entirety - even speaking up for the sanctity of the connection between the Nation of Israel, the Land of Israel and the Torah of Israel. It just forgets to specify which Nation of Israel and which Torah. The Christians are careful to hide their true intentions. They will not usually display the crucifix and will not mention the name of their deity in conversation with Jews. They simply "love" us - "no strings attached." But their goal is clear: to immigrate to Israel by the millions, to become citizens, and to convert us all, God forbid.
Feiglin has criticized Christianity generally. “Two deviant daughters came forth from Judaism but left the fold to conquer the world: Christianity and Islam. Both hate their mother, and both fight each other.” "[C]ynical Christian morality [has] replaced the evil of colonialism with a new – and much worse – evil."
- http://www.jewishisrael.org/the-feiglin-platform/. I oppose religious legislation and would be happy to see religious political parties disappear. The Creator does not need them. There is no law in Israel that requires parents to circumcise their sons. But the vast majority of Jews in Israel do so, nevertheless, because it is part of our culture. On the other hand, there is a law in Israel that prohibits the sale of chametz on Passover. But that law is openly violated because the Torah has not yet become an integral part of Israeli culture. Laws should express culture, not attempt to create it. I am opposed to all types of coercion – both religious and secular. It is impossible to force a person to rest on Shabbat, or to force a soldier to listen to women singing (a totally ridiculous issue). I see discrimination against women as despicable. But it is unreasonable to force an ultra-Orthodox bus company to institute mixed seating on its buses against the wishes of its customers. It is unreasonable to prohibit homosexuals from parading in places where the majority of the public is not offended by their march. But it is also unreasonable to force a neighborhood in which the majority of residents will be offended by a homosexual parade to be on the route of such an event. The idea of civil marriage is correct. Israel must allow the Ministry of Interior to issue marriage licenses to non-Jews, which will include all the privileges associated with a marriage license. However, we cannot force the halachic (Jewish law) authority to afford the status of Jew to those people who are not recognized as such by Jewish law. The local community should decide what businesses should be opened on Shabbat.
- http://www.jewishisrael.org/the-feiglin-platform/Housing: Allocation of land by lottery Approximately 93% of the land for housing is currently being held by the State, through the Israel Land Authority. This data is more befitting of totalitarian countries. But even more amazing is the fact that most of the land ultimately made available for construction comes from the additional seven percent of private land in Israel. The State is simply holding on to the central resource that belongs to the entire nation. This causes an artificial rise in the cost of land, housing and living.This Land is our Land. Not only on a national level, but on the most personal level, as well. Joshua allocated the Land of Israel to the tribes and the families before they even entered the Land. The Torah of Israel sanctifies the bond between the Israeli and his apportioned lot of land. We must slowly but surely (by lottery) transfer ownership of the land from the State to the nation. Free trade between citizens will lower the cost of land even more and will do to housing what the liberty principle did to the cell phone market. In this way, our children will also be able to buy apartments.
- http://www.jewishisrael.org/the-feiglin-platform/Education: Vouchers"A father must teach his child Torah." This is what the Torah teaches us. But in the state of the Jews, the responsibility has slipped off the shoulders of the father and onto the shoulders of the minister. Without even noticing it, parents have surrendered their most central liberty: the liberty to educate their children. Today, if a parent wishes to independently educate his child, he must acquire special authorization from the Ministry of Education. A liberty-based state will employ the voucher method. The Education Ministry will supply every parent with education vouchers to be used for their children. Special needs children will receive more vouchers. Parents will be able to "cash" these vouchers in the school of their choice. This will create healthy competition between the schools, the level of studies and diversity will flourish and responsibility and liberty will be restored to the parents.
- Economy: Capitalism, Charity and KindnessEveryone rightfully praises Communications Minister Moshe Kachlon for lowering the price of cell phones, calling him the "social minister." But the minister implemented his cell-phone revolution with free-market principles. Real capitalism – the kind that is truly equal opportunity – is a social tool that allows people to live in relative affluence and to enjoy the fruits of their labor without falling prey to institutionalized robbery.Judaism sanctifies the connection between a person and his possessions. This is unparalleled in any other culture. However, Jewish economics is not exactly like the more familiar Western capitalism that exhausts itself and becomes a tool in the service of a thin slice of society. The motto of the rest of the world is: What is mine is mine and what is yours is yours. Jews recognize that everything comes from G-d and is simply deposited in our hands. This means that charity and kindness to others are not voluntary; they are our obligation toward He Who deposited the wealth in our hands. Israel must privatize its assets to the public and not to control cores as per the model of Yaron Zelicha, who recommended privatizing Israel's Bank Leumi to the bank accounts of the public.
- http://www.jewishisrael.org/the-feiglin-platform/Draft and Equality: A Volunteer ArmyIsrael's population in the sixties and seventies was half of what it is today. Organized armies sat on our borders, waiting for the command to destroy us. Nevertheless, army service was two and a half years and women did not serve in combat units. Today, the only regular army that is a threat to Israel is the Egyptian army (thanks to our peace treaty with Egypt) at the opposite end of the demilitarized Sinai. War has transformed into a high-tech, guerilla conflict. Nevertheless, soldiers are now drafted for three years, because the IDF is considered the "People's Army." The IDF does not need all these new draftees and has admitted as much to a number of committees that it has established. Obligatory draft is fine for actual war. But it severely contradicts the principle of liberty. Israel should gradually transform the IDF into a professional volunteer army. It will be able to choose the best and brightest of the volunteers and to compensate them accordingly. These volunteers will receive the best professional and academic training. The rest of the draft age citizens – men and women – will be inducted, do a short basic training and will be immediately discharged. In an emergency, these people can be drafted for service on the home front or for further training. This will make the question of draft for sectors who are not interested in army service redundant.
- Jerusalem: Full Sovereignty – Especially on the Temple Mount. The precondition for victory is belief in the justice of one's cause. When Israel recognized the existence of a nation without a history and its right to its heartland in Oslo, we lost our most important weapon; belief in the justice of our cause. When the Hamas talks in the name of justice and Israel talks only in the name of pragmatism and the right to defend ourselves – the most state of the art weapons will not help. The side that does not believe that it is just cannot win. Victory has become a dirty word in the army lexicon. We cannot convince the world that we believe that this is our Land if we do not restore our complete sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount – the most holy site to Judaism that has been out of our control for years. When we return to ourselves and to our justice, we will be able to triumph and defeat any enemy.
- Feiglin, Moshe. "The Feiglin Platform (Nov. 30, 2012)". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- The Land of Israel is our Land and we will never leave it. Israel must declare sovereignty over all parts of the Land that are in our hands, as the Likud Charter requires. Israel's Arabs enjoy all rights – even more than Israel's Jewish citizens. The Arabs living in Judea, Samaria and Gaza can be offered permanent residency status. This status will afford them full human rights and most of the services that the State of Israel gives its citizens. It will be forbidden to do to them what we did to our own brothers in Gush Katif. Israeli citizenship will be granted to those non-Jews who have tied their fate to Israel and who have proven their loyalty to the State. Those Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza who insist on voting for a parliament may do so in any one of the 22 amazing democracies that the Arab Nation has established since World War I.
- "Jan. 11, 2013 article in Makor Rishon". Retrieved 25 January 2013.
- Feiglin, Moshe. "Feiglin Program". Manigut Yehudit. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Tarnopolsky, Noga. "Israel's Tea Party". Global Post. Retrieved 18 April 2013. "If Arabs want the right to vote for a national parliament," he said, "they should go and demand that from Arab states. Who says a non-Jew should vote for the Knesset of Israel?"
- Feiglin, Moshe (2005). "The Jewish State – Democracy and regime". מלחמת ("The War of Dreams: From the State of the Jews to the Jewish State") (in Hebrew, English). Jerusalem: The Jewish Leadership Library. pp. 436, 264. ISBN 9659118805. "“Israeli citizenship to Jews only […] the immediate expulsion of any person of another people who claims any sort of sovereignty in the Land of Israel”, "They [the Israeli Arabs] will never, never be fully equal citizens, in the national sense of the word.”"
- Inbari, Moti (2012). Messianic Religious Zionism Confronts Israeli Territorial Compromises. Cambridge University Press. p. 97, quoting "Lechatchila 50" (1999) (Hebrew), Manhigut's bi-monthly magazine ("We codified our vision in the “Lehat’hila” journal long before we joined the Likud" .” https://www.facebook.com/notes/manhigut-yehudit-moshe-feiglin/theyre-not-laughing-anymore-an-interview-with-moshe-feiglin/10150623897959789. January 24, 2012). "“The State of Israel, as a Jewish state, will aspire to have all its citizens be only Jewish.”"
- Goldberg, Jeffrey (2004). "Among the Settlers". The New Yorker. Retrieved 18 April 2013. "“Why should non-Jews have a say in the policy of a Jewish state?”"
- "Anti-Arab hopeful irks Israel's Netanyahu". Agence France Press. Retrieved 18 April 2013. "In a 2004 interview with Yediot he spoke of "a voluntary transfer to the 22 neighbouring Arab states" of the some 1.4 million Israeli Arabs, who make up 20 percent of Israel's population."
- Freedman, Seth (8 August 2007). "Feiglin's utopia". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2013. "In Feiglin's utopia, the Arab population would only be allowed to vote in municipal elections, and would only be consulted in civic affairs, "such as sewage". National security, and all the other concerns of parliament, would be the exclusive preserve of Jews - but not just Israeli Jews. Proposing a two-house system modelled on the United States, he said that the upper house "would be elected by both Israeli Jews and Jews from all round the world, since Israel belongs to every Jew on this Earth, all of whom should have a say in how it operates.""
- "Legislative Program (in Hebrew)". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- http://www.jewishisrael.org/eng_contents/articles/73/article7320.htmlThe Iranian Threat: No Foreign InvolvementOne lesson of the Holocaust is that negation of the victims' legitimacy precedes actual physical destruction. The Holocaust of the Jews of Europe did not begin in 1939 when the war broke out. It began in 1933 when Hitler became chancellor of Germany and, as head of state, began to espouse his threats to destroy the Jews. When the war broke out, a question mark already hovered over the right of the Jews to exist. When the leader of a sovereign nation prepares to destroy Israel and publicly declares his intentions, he negates our legitimacy. This is the correspondence that we see between Ahmadinijad's hate speeches and the accelerating process of de-legitimization of Israel in the Western world. It is a fatal mistake to involve the world in the Iranian issue. If the world solves the problem, Israel will always be forced to pay for the right to breathe air on the face of the earth. He who threatens to destroy us loses his own right to exist. Think of how many lives would have been saved if the free world had understood this and killed Hitler before he embarked on World War II. America: No Foreign Aid. Israel should have foregone American foreign aid long ago. The foreign aid that Israel receives from America amounts to 4% of its GNP. Israel exports to America approximately one third more than it imports. When America owes 16 trillion dollars to China, it is not reasonable that a much better-off country like Israel should expect donations. Israel's relationship with the US should be based on common interests and values between strategic partners. Israel must demand the release of Jonathan Pollard and expel the US spies who fill our country.
- Ronen, Gil. "Feiglin to be Deputy Knesset Speaker". Israel National News. Retrieved 19 March 2013.
- Anti-Arab hopeful irks Israel's Netanyahu, AFP December 11, 2008
- The far-right rises in Israeli politics Christian Science Monitor, 10 December 2008
- Feiglin, Moshe.מלחמת החלומות, Manhigut Yehudit: 2005, pp. 378-382.
- Likud Leans Farther To Right IsraCast, 9 December 2008
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6fUdpbejmM, time index 2:10
- Feiglin, Moshe. "Feiglin Platform". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Haaretz Daily
- Jerusalem Post, August 16, 2007
- "Likud primary results for February 10th national elections". Haaretz. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- Meranda, Amnon (2008-12-11). "Feiglin dropped to 36th spot on roster". Ynetnews. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- Feiglin, Moshe. "How to Save Israel from the Impending Danger". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- "Likud MKs fear Feiglin will drive centrist voters away". Haaretz. February 2, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012.
- Lis, Jonathan. "In the Likud primaries held inn 2012 to select candidates for the 2013 elections, Feiglin was the 13th highest vote getter on the Likud ticket.". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Pay Gazans to leave, right-wing leader says", in the Canadian Jewish News, 3 April 2008. By Sheri Shefa Note that the article mistranslates "Yesha", an acronym for Judea, Samaria and Gaza, as merely Gaza. Feiglin's proposal was for all three of these regions.
- Likud hardliner suggests paying Palestinian families to emigrate from West Bank Times of Israel, January 2, 2013
- "Palestinian emigration soars". Television New Zealand. Reuters. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- The secret Exodus -- Palestinian Emigration
- Goldberg, Jeffrrey. "Among the Settlers". New Yorker Magazine. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Ettinger, Yair. "Feiglin's missing manifesto: Israel should quit UN, cut off water to Palestinians". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Frisco, Tomer (December 17, 2012). "A 'truly' Jewish democracy: On the ideology of Likud's Moshe Feiglin" (in English (Translated from Hebrew)). +972blog. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Feiglin, Moshe (2005). "The Jewish State – Democracy and regime". מלחמת ("The War of Dreams") (Hebrew only) (in Hebrew). Jerusalem, Israel: Milkhemet Ha’Khalomot. p. 436. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Feiglin, Moshe. "Israel's Establishment Needs the Arabs". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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- Feiglin, Moshe. Manhigut Yehudit http://www.jewishisrael.org/eng_contents/about/crisis.html. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Missing or empty
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- Resnik, Elliot. "A Messianic Vision: An Interview with Likud MK Moshe Feiglin". The Jewish Press, Feb. 21, 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2013.
- Sackett, Schmeul. "An Answer to Plaut from Feiglin's Kahanist". Manhigut Yehudit -- The Jewish Leadership Movement. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- New Yorker article Among the Settlers Will they destroy Israel? by Jeffrey Goldberg
- "Jews Worldwide Should Be Granted Israeli Citizenship"
- Ha'aretz 10 December 2008 Yossi Sarid / Feiglin, his cronies are fascists by any definition by Yossi Sarid
- ME Times Fears of Fascism as Israeli Extremists Prepare to Take Elections by Mel Frykberg
- al-Ahram Heil, Feiglin! by Khaled Amayreh
- "They call me a fascist, but simultaneously attack me for supporting conscientious objection. Fascism is the belief that the state is above all else. But I claim that G-d or one's conscience is above the state. How can the Left attack me for both fascism and for supporting conscientious objection at one and the same time?" 
- "The law is nothing more than a tool in the service of justice. When the tool becomes the goal, it turns into fascism, a dangerous version of idolatry. In no time, it is adopted by base forces and destruction will necessarily follow." 
- "Nationalism without faith in God does not last here. Either it deteriorates into something reminiscent of fascism or it swings to the other extreme and sheds all its achievements, Sharon-style." 
- "Whoever thinks that the state is the supreme value edges uncomfortably close to fascism." 
- Feiglin, Moshe. "Beware: A Palestinian State". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- "I Samuel 15". "Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys."
- Elliott S. Horowitz (2006) Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-12491-4 p 1 Jeffrey Goldberg reported in the New Yorker about a series of disturbIing interviews he had recently conducted with Jewish settlers in the West Bank and Gaza.
- Ha'aretz Feiglin's missing manifesto: Israel should quit UN, cut off water to Palestinians By Yair Ettinger
- Feiglin, Moshe. "Who Set the Fire and Why?". Manhigut Yehudit. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Moshé Feiglin, symbole de la droitisation du Likoud". Le Monde. 09.12.2008. Retrieved 5 Mars, 2013. "Dans les entretiens qu'il accorde, notamment au Haaretz, le 11 juin 2004, il célèbre ainsi "l'acte de résistance" qu'a constitué, selon lui, l'assassinat par l'extrémiste juif Baroukh Goldstein, en 1994, de 23 musulmans en prière dans la mosquée installée au caveau des Patriarches, à Hébron, un lieu saint revendiqué à la fois par les juifs et les musulmans."
- Moshe Feiglin's response to the accusation that he admires Hitler (Hebrew) on YouTube
- Jerusalem Post, March 9, 2008
- Home Secretary's Letter
- Ha'aretz Britain bans Likud's Moshe Feiglin from entering country By Nadav Shragai
- Feiglin banned from entering UK - ynetnews March 10, 2008
- Assassin Hints a Bodyguard Helped Him Kill Rabin
- Israeli Police Put Down Rightist Protest Against Pact with PLO
- Livnat: Criminals are trying to take over Likud
- 158 Likud candidates to run for Knesset
- Gedolim in Israel and the US Ask President Bush to Free Pollard before Pesach: And, after 22 Years, They Think He’ll Do It
- Hug for a Betrayed Brother
- Feiglin, Moshe. "Lessons of the Holocaust Still Relevant in 2010" (in Hebrew). Maariv Online Edition. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 8 March 2013. "When the state’s leadership lets Biden or Erdogan or any other diseased leper [also translated as "filthy vermin"] humiliate us, it sows the hope and uncontrollable desire of destroying us."
- Likud’s Moshe Feiglin: Cool on Palestinians, hot for potJewish Telegraphic Agency, By Ben Sales, November 19, 2013
- God owns cannabis patent Moshe Feiglin, ynetnews, Published: 09.20.12
- Feiglin: Medical Marijuana Law Harms PatientsBy Tova Dvorin, 12/6/2013, Israel National News
- Cannabis and Liberty Moshe Feiglin, Published: October 24th, 2013, The Jewish Press
- Video (3:06)
- Elis, Niv. "Feiglin tells 'Post': I am not a homophobe". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- . August 2, 2012 https://www.facebook.com/JewishLeadership/timeline?filter=1. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Missing or empty
- Ronen, Gil (8/2/2012). "Gays, Kindly Return to Your Closets". Israel International News. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
- Hoffman, Gill. "Feiglin Backtracks from meeting with gay group". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
- Lior, Ilan. "Far-right Likud MK declares he is no longer a homophobe". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 18 February 2013.
- Fisher, Gabriel. "Moshe Feiglin Is Now Mainstream". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
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- Feiglin, Moshe. "Inverted Values of Beit Hanoun". Israel National News. Retrieved 18 April 2013. "Jewish morals dictate removing women from the army's combat units. An army guided"
- Feiglin, Moshe. Manhigut Yehudit http://www.jewishisrael.org/eng_contents/society/society.html. Retrieved 18 April 2013. Missing or empty
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- Moshe Feiglin on the Knesset website
- Manhigut Yehudit Website
- Manhigut Yehudit Website in Hebrew
- Moshe Feiglin Website
- A monthly journal published by Manhigut Yehudit
- Moshe Feiglin & Manhigut Yehudit on Facebook
- FrontPage Magazine article about Feiglin's ban from the UK by Dan Rabkin
- Moshe Feiglin interview with FrontPage Magazine by Dan Rabkin