Likud activist Moshe Feiglin at the Kotel 390.
(photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)
Likud MK Moshe Feiglin appeared on CNN on Tuesday to defend himself against accusations that he advocated placing Gazans in "concentration camps" as a response to the rocket fire against Israel.
Feiglin, the ultra-hawkish lawmaker who holds the position of deputy speaker of the Knesset, asked to appear on Wolf Blitzer's "The Situation Room" after his controversial proposal, in which he advocated for massing Palestinians into "an open space near the border with Sinai and adjacent to the sea" so that Israel could avoid civilian casualties and strike at rocket launchers, was brought up a day before in an interview Blitzer conducted with a Hamas spokesperson
When pressed by Blitzer as to whether Feiglin had urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to establish "concentration camps" for Palestinians, Feiglin said that he had pushed for a plan that would create "sheltered areas" for civilians in Gaza so as to provide a "humane" option that would allow Israel to more effectively crush Hamas rocket-launchers.
"I want to give the Arabs in the Gaza Strip three choices," Feiglin said. "Those who are fighting against us should be killed. Those who are launching rockets from kindergartens should be shot. Those who wish to leave the Gaza Strip – and our surveys indicate that 80 percent want to leave – should get the support from us and the international community to find a better place."
"Those who want to stay can stay," Feiglin said. "This is a plan [that allows] Israel to win this war."
When Blitzer asked Feiglin whether he supported "tent encampments" for Gazans before they are "helped along to another destination," the Likud MK replied: "Definitely."
"This is a war between evil and good, between light and darkness," Feiglin said.
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