by Felix Quigley
August 27, 2009
4international issues an open challenge to Moshe Feiglin [head of the Likud’s Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) faction]
4INTERNATIONAL OPPOSED NETANYAHU IN BARRING FEIGLIN IN THE PAST ELECTION
Feiglin is of course in many ways a very progressive Jewish man and leader. We specifically opposed Netanyahu in trying in the past election to bar Feiglin from participating fully.
Feiglin at the centre of his campaign inside Likud also calls for the revival of Jewishness and any progressive and revolutionary socialist who has the interest of the Jews at heart will support that totally.
After all we fight on 4international for Jews to create their Homeland in Israel and to have full rights to live there as THEY decide!
But this is still not a political strategy in the context of today’s complex world politics where fascist power and socialist power are being posed.
A REVIVAL OF JEWISHNESS IS GOOD BUT IS STILL NOT A POLITICAL PROGRAMME
COUNTERPOSING THE REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALIST PROGRAMME OF 4INTERNATIONAL TO FEIGLIN OBSCURANTISM
Basically Feiglin is confused and confusing.
Feiglin calls for the development of Jewishness. He is most progressive in this.
But then Feiglin claims that this development of Jewishness will create or will be a political strategy. It will not. Unfortunately the world is far more complex.
Really what Feiglin has to still do is to spell out his political programme for the Jewish people and for Israel and it is on this that he is weak and totally deficient. If you wish to put it stronger he is bankrupt.
There are many ways to approach Feiglin and to understanding his politics. But essentially in the end there is only way and that is to counterpose the revolutionary socialist programme to that Israeli bourgeois type politicians.
For that purpose this is a paragraph from out of a report (OneJerusalem.com) on the meeting which Bogey Yaalon had with the Feiglin group when Bogey was on his tour of speaking engagements.
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At the meeting, Bogey spoke about how peace is impossible for now, since the other side has not recognized Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. What he seemed to miss, however, is that to Feiglin, this is completely irrelevant. Whether the other side is ready for peace, willing to make compromises or anything else, plays no role in Feiglin’s thought. “Peace is not my objective,” he replied to Bogey. He continued, “There is no country on the entire planet, except us, that has peace as its national objective. The minute that peace is your national objective, you lose it.” The Zionism of old doesn’t interest him either. “Zionism has reached the end of its road,” he says. “It is time for the next level – the one based on faith and the God of Israel. If we don’t build the second level, we will lose the whole thing.”
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Actually Feiglin you are dead wrong! Re Zionism we on 4international have in no way whatsoever reached the end of its road. In fact its true road is only at the beginning stage.
In any case in the historical cycle it is not that long since Herzl and Zionism has been in existence anyway for 3000 plus years.
FEIGLIN IS CORRECT: “PEACE” IS A MEANINGLESS BULLSHIT WORD
BUT FEIGLIN OFFERS NO STRATEGY TO DEFEAT IMPERIALISM. DOES HE CARE!
Feiglin sounds dramatic but is confusing
He is right in parts, wrong on fundamentals.
Right that “Peace” is a meaningless bullshit word when the world is dominated by Imperialism and by anti-Semitism!
But he offers no real political strategy at all, much less a revolutionary socialist political strategy.
His aim is to keep Imperialism chugging along, just that Imperialism does not do “chugging along”. Imperialism is in crisis and the total Imperialist world scene is what is causing such death-traps for the Jews of Israel and the world.
Feiglin does not offer any political strategy, even discussion, to meet this. THAT IS THE PROBLEM WITH FEIGLIN!
No political strategy equals certain defeat!
Remember these words from the above paragraph of Feiglin>
“It is time for the next level – the one based on faith and the God of Israel. If we don’t build the second level, we will lose the whole thing.”
BUT WHAT HAPPENS FEIGLIN IF YOU ARE AN ATHEISTIC JEW AND YOU HAVE AND WILL HAVE NO FAITH IN A SUPERNATURAL, GOD, G-D, OR WHATEVER YOU NAME THAT SUPERNATURAL BEING.
As the majority of Jews in Israel or in any Western country are tending towards atheism.
What then! ???
It is a political position of bankruptcy.
This is very different to what we on 4international say. Full freedom of religious expression! But no ramming of religion down anybody’s throat either!