A lot of speculation going on now about what Feiglin plans to do, what’s he going to say tomorrow at Binyanei Umah in Jerusalem. Join with Bennett? Join with Yishai? Form a new party and “unite the religious zionists”?
Even the most diehard supporters, it seems, do not understand at all what Moshe Feiglin stands for or what he’s trying to do, no matter how many times he says it.
Though I have no exclusive insider information any more than anyone else has, I can say with certainty that there is no chance in hell – not one out of a hundred, not one out of a million in Dumb and Dumber terms – that he will join forces with any other politician of any other party, period. Doing that would negate everything he has built over the last 20 years of his political career since Zo Artzeinu.
It will not happen, and I am so sure of it that if it does happen, even I will break ranks with Manhigut Yehudit and stop supporting Feiglin. And that says a lot, given that this movement has been one of my three obsessions that now take over my entire life. (The others are libertarianism proper and Austrian economics.)
Why will this not happen? Saying it one more time probably won’t make any of those who still don’t understand it any clearer, but here goes. Feiglin’s goal is not, and never has been, to unite a sector, to influence government, to get a Knesset seat, or to stack his men as Ministers of Whatever. His goal is to lead the nation as Prime Minister and kick off a real revolution that will change the entire country to the core.
Bennett’s goal is not to be prime minister. It is to hold on to a seat of power and influence something, get his hands on a fist full of tax dollars and distribute them to his supporters, be they in Judea and Samaria or wherever else. He does not see himself as the leader of the nation and he never has. The Jewish Supremacists like Ben Ari, Eldad, and whoever else likes to yell and march in Um el Fahm to piss off a few Arabs for shits and giggles, have an even stupider goal in mind – to yell and scream and vent their hatred.
Join Bennett or Ben Ari or for that matter any other politician at all, and Feiglin’s whole essence, his entire message of leading the country, will be absolutely destroyed. It will undo everything he has done in shifting the consciousness of this nation to redemptive terms and we will be back at square one.
Also, do not expect him to go out attacking Netanyahu or any other politician. They are all irrelevant.
Do not expect him to sit down with all the politicians in the Nationalist Camp in private backdoor meetings and make a deal for some giant party or whatnot. He will not be uniting parties in some kind of “Bennett gets the 2-slot, Ariel 3, Yishai 4…” and so on. It will not happen.
If he does start his own party, it will be open to anyone who has libertarian values, or חירותי as the term is being coined in Hebrew. Not necessarily anarchists like me, but all those who hold liberty dear to their hearts for real. Secular, religious, Haredi, even Arab, it makes absolutely no difference.
The goal, once again, is not to unite the religious zionists, not even to unite the right wing. It is to unite those who believe in liberty to lead the country.
How on Earth is he going to become Prime Minister if he starts his own party?
First of all, his 20 years in Likud have convinced the country that he wants to lead, and he’s not just another side-guy who wants a ministry. 2 years in the Knesset have convinced many people that he is true to his values and cannot be bought.
Now is the time to see how much the nation really does see him as a leader, if they see him as different from the other sectoral warlords.
Will he run this election? I doubt it. Slim chance, not impossible, but I doubt it. The crisis has to hit first before he can really take the helm. And it’s about to hit this year. It’s best he not be part of it when the whole system comes crashing down.