Likud candidate Feiglin opposes ground incursion

Moshe Feiglin tells 'Post' although Gaza Strip belongs to Israel, electricity should be stopped before sending in ground forces.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
November 19, 2012 23:41
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Moshe Feiglin 520. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

 
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Likud Knesset candidate Moshe Feiglin surprisingly came out against a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip in an interview with The Jerusalem Post on Monday.

Feiglin, who is known for his hawkish views, came out against calls to invade Gaza from ministers and Knesset members considered more dovish than him.

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“Gaza is ours, and it is part of Israel, but if we are not going to stay there, we should take a safer route by stopping the flow of electricity and money to the Strip before sending in ground forces,” Feiglin said.

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“Bringing in ground forces clearly would have a price. There are other paths that have not been exhausted that would not require loss of life on either side.”

Feiglin, who has been touring southern communities under rocket fire, said he did not understand why Israel has not decided to take non-violent punitive measures that he believes would isolate Hamas.

While spokesmen for Israel have been stressing for the past week that Hamas started the fight, Feiglin blamed the Israeli governments that adopted the Oslo Accords and started the process of relinquishing Israeli control over the Gaza Strip to the Palestine Liberation Organization, the Palestinian Authority and then Hamas.

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“Recognizing the PLO’s sovereignty has prevented us from acting out of anything other than self-defense, when we should be acting out of justice,” he said.

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