December 6, 2013

Moshe Feiglin: Weakness in Negev Starts on Temple Mount

Moshe Feiglin: Weakness in Negev Starts on Temple Mount

28 Kislev, 5774
Dec. 1, ‘13

I have been following the Prawer Plan to legalize Bedouin settlement in Israel's Negev area since I entered the Knesset.

I am astounded by the grovelling and obsequiousness of the State of Israel toward the Bedouin, who for forty years have not managed to prove ownership over even one centimeter of the land in question.

The State of Israel is offering them 250,000 dunams (close to 62,000 acres) of land and even that is not enough for them. Just to put things in perspective: since the establishment of the State of Israel, the State has developed less than one million dunams of land for residence. We are now offering the Bedouin approximately one quarter of this amount, plus generous monetary compensation (for what they actually stole). Instead of declaring that the Bedouin have no more claims and restoring its full possession over its lands and then marketing them - first of all to the Bedouin themselves (those who did not steal ) the State apologizes, conducting itself like a chance guest here in the area. The result is the brutal Bedouin violence that we witnessed in Israel over the weekend.

"He who rules the Temple Mount rules the Land," said famous poet Uri Tzvi Greenberg. Israel's weakness did not begin in the Negev. Its source is on the Temple Mount. The takeover of the Temple Mount by rioting Muslims is the root of this round of violence, which apparently is only starting.

If there is no Mount, there is no Home – not in the Negev, nor anywhere else in the Land of Israel. If we do not return full sovereignty to ourselves on the Mount, the Negev is just the beginning.

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