Tuesday, March 29, 2005

On Moral Duty

Moshe Feiglin: Refusal to Obey Orders – A Phone Conversation.

"Of all the activities aimed at thwarting the disengagement plan, refusal to obey orders is the most important, not because it will necessarily halt the eviction, but because large-scale refusal is in fact an alternative form of referendum! The IDF is still the army of the people. If the majority of the soldiers refuse to carry out the order, it will be an unambiguous vote by the nation against the disengagement plan.

"You have to make up your own mind, but if I were to receive a call-up notice today, I would refuse to appear for reserve duty. The army's main assignment at the moment is to evict the Jews of Gush Katif. As long as the IDF prepares and trains for the execution of this crime, I shall refuse to wear its uniform.

"Refusal today is referendum, and is the only possible way to vote against the Disengagement Plan."

There was silence on the line.

"So what do I reply to my battalion commander when he says that what I am actually doing is abandoning the security of Jews living in northern Shomron?" he then asked.

"In my opinion, this is a far simpler question," I replied. "Until Yitzchak Rabin shook hands with Yasser Arafat, a single company of the Border Guards could maintain security in the entire region. You are required to do reserve duty because of the Oslo process. The danger to the settlements and to the entire country does not come from the Arabs, but from the Left that brought the murder organizations here and gave them hope of victory. The soldiers guarding the settlements are carrying out a very important task, but they are dealing with symptoms, not with the illness. In contrast, soldiers who will now refuse to serve, and will consequently be jailed, are carrying out a far more important task, since they are attacking the root of the matter; and because of their efforts, we won't need guards at all in the future.

"It's important to realize that the problem doesn't lie with the Arabs, but with the Jews.


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