Moti Yogev is a former commando chief; a man with a rare mixture of a deep love for the Land and people of Israel and a clear vision for the

Moti Yogev



“I belong to the younger generation; the generation that served immediately after the Yom-Kippur War. The war was a break point between those who fought and those who didn’t. I was a senior in high school and envied those who fought.”

“At first I served in a commando; then as an officer in the Sayeret Matkal, an Israeli elite commando unit under Shaul Mofaz.  I enjoyed serving under his command.”

Currently Mr. Yogev volunteers his time helping poor families in the Jerusalem area, instructing Jewish youths, and constructing homes in Judea and Samaria.

“As we sit here in a restaurant on a sunny day in Ramat Hasharon, the country is suffering from the negative effects of last summer’s disengagement. The plan was carried out by Sharon against the advice of the president of the Agency for National Security, general Giora Ayland.”

“The Minister of the Interior insisted (the disengagement) would impose difficult responsibilities on the army, the Commander-in-Chief of the IDF said it would be a prize to (Palestinian) terror, the head of Shin-Bet said it would increase terrorist activities in Northern Samaria, Gaza and every other place where we’d give up military control.”

“The P.M. didn’t ask their opinion on these issues and insisted it would lead to progress in security, diplomacy, economics, and social affairs, whereas in reality, it has accomplished none of these goals.”

“Yesterday, the minister of defense complained that we were losing control of the Rafiah pass from Egypt to Gaza; that wanted criminals were getting in and out as they wished because Israel is no longer in control of who comes and goes. There are also underground tunnels which we do not have the capacity to neutralize. Gaza is literally being crammed with terrorists along with their weapons.”

“Besides the Iranian nuclear threat the military threats to the State of Israel, are increasing as a result of disengagement. The border with Egypt has drawn closer and hundreds of Egyptian soldiers have been stationed there.”

“We thought we’d made a huge sacrifice; in essence we’ve waited in the corner the entire time. The EU and the U.S. are expecting us to proceed with the Road Map, and the division of Jerusalem.”

“The refugees, some 7-8 million people, would be settled in Judea and Samaria. What will they do there? According to the Palestinian Road Map they will continue pushing us further in the direction of the sea. They haven’t given up on their dream. They consider Ramat Hasharon as Palestinian land as well. You asked before about partners. There is no partner. It’s important to realize that the struggle is between cultures; between civilizations.  More and more in the West are beginning to realize that it’s a struggle between the West and the Arabs. They’re beginning to realize that it’s a struggle between the Christians, the Muslims and the Jews.”

“Most refugees are second and third generation refugees. Surrounding countries, especially Jordan and Lebanon have played a key role in maintaining these people’s identity as ‘refugees’.”

“Despite all our efforts, the E.U. and the U.N. have helped Palestinians living in other countries maintain their refugee status. The refugees are a two-dimensional problem. There were those who fled on their own accord in 1948 and who weren’t absorbed by their Arab neighbors and but most came here during the past century mainly as a result of British occupation. Following WWI, the British began building railroads and factories and the main source of man-power were Arabs who remained once the British were gone.”

“In 1948 they were the ones who took to the streets in open warfare. They were the ones that didn’t welcome us here.”

Asked on his opinion of President Bush, Motti replied, that “(Bush) has been one of the better presidents for Israel. Even Bush was surprised with Sharon’s plan and didn’t understand what Sharon was trying to achieve. But Bush, too, has been pressuring Israel to make more concessions.”

Relating to the Jewish peoples’ connection to their homeland, Mr. Yogev states: “This is our home. And the more we accept this premise, the more other nations will accept us. We’re suffering from not knowing ourselves; the more we learn about ourselves and our collective history, the less we will be pressured into concessions to our enemies.”

“The main issue, though, is our own connection to our past and our homeland. That has been the problem all along and it has only lead to divisions and crises within.”

“As an example of the cultural alienation we’re suffering there’s the example of the ‘tzofim.’ The ‘tzofim’ scouts have purged themselves of one of their ten leading principles: the sacredness of the Land of Israel. They have turned to socio-economic values.  And they have altogether forgotten who they are. Universal principles are important and I’m not diminishing their capacity, but what are we looking for here? What are we fighting for here? Why not go to the United States?”

“The basic question we must ask ourselves is ‘Who are we?’ ‘What do we know of ourselves as the people of Israel?’ We have the strength, the courage to stand up for ourselves. He who asks what we were doing in Gaza which was ‘never ours’, doesn’t know history.”