Barak Sources: Yaalon and Katz are ´Feiglinist Hardliners´ (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 04/21/12)
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Sources close to Defense Minister Ehud Barak sought to dismiss sharp
criticism from Ministers Yisrael Katz and Moshe "Bogie" Yaalon on his
Judea and Samaria policy by labeling them "Feiglinist hardliners."
"Katz and Yaalon are apparently Feiglinist hardliners," the sources
said, adding. "Feglin´s followers are not good for Israel, its
security, its future, or the public in general."
The sources added, "We seek to benefit the public and the Knesset,
and hope the trend of ‘Feiglinism’ is not contagious."
Moshe Feiglin, who heads the Likud´s internal Manhigut Yehudit
[Jewish Leadership] faction, has challenged Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu for leadership of the Likud in previous elections on the
premise that Netanyahu is not longer adhering to principles of the
Since its inception, the Likud has advocated Jewish settlement in all
of Judea and Samaria and its platform negated a Palestinian state in
that region. However, Netanyahu´s governments have pursued a policy
of "land for peace" and frequently sought to impede Jewish
construction even in areas under Israeli administrative control.
Observers note that Katz and Yaalon are not a part of Feiglin´s
faction, nor are they in the minority in the Likud or ruling
coalition. 20 of Likud´s 27 lawmakers opposed Barak´s private
political agenda in Judea and Samaria, as have Netanyahu´s fellow
coalition party heads.
On Saturday, Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe "Bogie" Yaalon said
Barak´s "private political agenda" threatened the "dissolution of the
Minister of Transportation Yisrael Katz, who was a guest in Beit El´s
threatened Ulpana neighborhood on Friday said that "Barak is using
the Defense Ministry as political tool against the settlers."
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s Likud-led coalition faces a
crisis as a deadline to destroy the Ulpana neighborhood and nearby
Givat Assaf looms large without resolution.
Such a policy would affect thousands of Jewish families in Judea and
Samaria who bought homes many years ago on abandoned land with
government help, far from any Arab community, who are now facing
sudden lawsuits by Palestinian Authority residents, claiming the land
on which these homes are built.
Some of the land was purchased and either the owner was afraid for
his life and therefore did not go through legal channels or the owner
was fraudulent, taking advantage of the similarity of Arab names and
The Supreme Court has tended to side with PA plaintiffs in such cases
even without proof of ownership.
Barak´s Independent party, which broke from Labor, has little chance
of entering the next Knesset, according to recent polls. His actions
in Judea and Samaria are widely seen as an effort to gain Labor voter
support. Trying for a place on the Likud list, chosen through
primaries, does not have much hope of success for Barak. Barak´s
position gives him the authority to carry out outpost destruction and
the Machpela House expulsion. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/21/12)
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