Moshe Feiglin: Pro-Weed, Pro-Third Temple, Pro-Annexation, ‘Proud Homophobe’ And Israel’s Next Kingmaker
- Moshe Feiglin: Pro-Weed, Pro-Third Temple, Pro-Annexation, ‘Proud Homophobe’ And Israel’s Next Kingmaker
by DAVID BRENNAN, https://www.newsweek.com/
Israelis prepare to head to the polls on Tuesday to elect their next prime minister. The contest has largely become a referendum on the continued rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has held the office since 2009 (and previously from 1996 to 1999), and oversaw a notable rightward shift in Israeli politics.
Only one candidate—former Israel Defense Forces general Benny Gantz, who leads the Blue and White coalition—is considered capable of stopping Netanyahu, who, despite facing bribery charges, is neck-and-neck with Gantz in the polls.
The Israeli parliament—the Knesset—is made up of a large number of small parties. To form a majority government, leaders must therefore secure coalitions. Though the election will put either Netanyahu or Gantz in the prime minister’s office, one far-right libertarian candidate might be left holding the keys.
Moshe Feiglin leads the Zehut—or “Identity”—party. The ultra-nationalist libertarian group holds many extreme views. Among them, that Israel should annex all Palestinian territories in the West Bank, enourage all Palestinians to leave Israel and the West Bank, reimpose Israeli military control in the Gaza Strip, build a third Jewish temple on the disputed Temple Mount and limit the authority of the Supreme Court and attorney general.