Israeli Official Calls for Full-Blown Conquest of Gaza

Photograph of Moshe Feiglin taken by David Rabkin at Manhigut Yehudit meeting, Jerusalem, March 1, 2009. Via Wikipedia.

Photograph of Moshe Feiglin taken by David Rabkin at Manhigut Yehudit meeting, Jerusalem, March 1, 2009. Via Wikipedia.

The Victim becomes the Abuser once again.

Andrew Sullivan writes:

What is one to make of the fact that the deputy speaker of the Knesset has called for ethnic cleansing in Gaza?

He’s not an obscure blogger for the Times of Israel. He is a luminary of the Likud – a man who got 23 percent of the vote in a contest for the Likud Party leadership. He was appointed to his current high position by Benjamin Netanyahu. And this is his proposal for Gaza:

a) The IDF [Israeli army] shall designate certain open areas on the Sinai border, adjacent to the sea, in which the civilian population will be concentrated, far from the built-up areas that are used for launches and tunneling. In these areas, tent encampments will be established, until relevant emigration destinations are determined. The supply of electricity and water to the formerly populated areas will be disconnected.

b) The formerly populated areas will be shelled with maximum fire power. The entire civilian and military infrastructure of Hamas, its means of communication and of logistics, will be destroyed entirely, down to their foundations.

c) The IDF will divide the Gaza Strip laterally and crosswise, significantly expand the corridors, occupy commanding positions, and exterminate nests of resistance, in the event that any should remain.

You read that right. There will be temporary “camps” where the Gaza population will be “concentrated”; they will be expelled with subsidies; basic supplies of water and electricity will be cut off for those who remain. The war-time ethics he recommends are: “Woe to the evildoer, and woe to his neighbor.” He backs the “annihiliation” of Hamas and all their supporters. His strategic goal is to “turn Gaza into Jaffa, a flourishing Israeli city with a minimum number of hostile civilians.” (Modern Jaffa, of course, was built on the ethnic cleansing of most of its Palestinian inhabitants in 1948.)

The usual response to this kind of thing among the lockstep pro-Israel community is that it is a tiny fringe opinion. And I can only hope they’re right. But what concerns me is that this racist, genocidal bigot was appointed deputy speaker of the Knesset by the current prime minister. What concerns me are the statements of Ayelet Shaked, the telegenic young protege of Naftali Bennett, who is touted as a future prime minister. This is from a Facebook post she wrote the day before the gruesome lynching of an Arab teen who was forced to drink gasoline and then burned to death by Jewish extremists. Note that her call for war came before any Hamas rocket was fired:

Behind every terrorist stand dozens of men and women, without whom he could not engage in terrorism. They are all enemy combatants, and their blood shall be on all their heads. Now this also includes the mothers of the martyrs, who send them to hell with flowers and kisses. They should follow their sons, nothing would be more just. They should go, as should the physical homes in which they raised the snakes. Otherwise, more little snakes will be raised there.

Again, she and Feiglin dispense with the distinction between civilians and militants in Gaza. So too did the president of the New York Board of Rabbis, David-Seth Kirshner, at a recent 10,000 strong rally for Israel in New York. Kirshner’s precise words?

When you are part of an election process that asks for a terrorist organization which proclaims in word and in deed that their primary objective is to destroy their neighboring country and not to build schools or commerce or jobs, you are complicit and you are not a civilian casualty.

Read more here.

  • Number1Framer

    Finally, a politician who says what he really means. :-/

    • Liam_McGonagle

      The sad thing is that this guy’s behavior isn’t particularly aberrant. Most people get swept up into these conflicts without really stepping back to ask themselves what they’re really all about.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        And I’m sure 20 years from this guy and Ayelet whatsherface will have successfully applied for asylum in the US and be living high on the hog doing Republican Party fundraisers and commentary on Fox.

        “As ye sew, so shall ye reap, America.”

        • Number1Framer

          The sew and reap quote is one that’s long lost on Americans. If you don’t believe me, look south toward the border, then brush up on our history of interventionism in Central America. It’s like no one in this country can see more than 5 minutes into the future – but if you act now, there’s money to be made!

        • Oginikwe


  • davakins

    Just more bigots getting publicity. Some would say,”fuck ’em an feed ’em beans”, but I ask, why feed them.

  • Adam’s Shadow

    Yes, all of us “kike lovers” who think the Isareli response is horribly wrong, disproportionate, and destructive are totally scared of you posting insulting things on the Internet. Watch out, it’s an Internet death threat! Holy fuck, what are we going to do?

    The fact that you cannot understand how a “crispy Jew” and a crispy Palestinian are both equally tragic is exactly what this story is about. You’re no different from Moishe Feiglin.


    • ymygody

      Let me put it another way. The only good human is a dead human.

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      • Andrew


      • Echar Lailoken

        You first.

    • Andrew

      Would a crispy ymygody be a tragedy? After all, he is a human and “the only good human is a dead human.”

      • Adam’s Shadow

        That’s pretty close to my question for people who claim to be true misanthropes: “well, why don’t you start with yourself?”

  • Andrew

    Shut the fuck up, you stupid racist.