SO DECLARED Moshe Feiglin, above, former deputy speaker for the Israeli parliament – the Knesset – a day after a massive explosion devastated large parts of Beirut.
As countries around the world pledged to send help to the city, where at least 135 have died and more than 5,000 were injured, Feiglin took to Facebook to thank God for the disaster.
A real and huge thank you to God and all the geniuses and heroes who organized this wonderful celebration. In honor of Valentine’s Day.
The Valentine’s Day reference was to Tu B’Av, a festival of love, and in modern times has become a romantic Jewish holiday for dancing, handing out flowers and singing.
Feiglin went on to speculate that the explosion was no accident, claiming he had “experience” in explosives. He said:
You don’t really believe that this was some messy fuel warehouse, yeah? Do you understand that this hell was supposed to fall on us as a rain of missiles?! I have some experience with explosives. The largest explosion I took part in was 2.5 tons of TNT.
What we saw yesterday at the Port of Beirut was much bigger. The destructive effect (without the radiation) was like a nuclear bomb.
In an interview with local radio, the former Likud MK said he hoped Israel was responsible for the blast, and that he was allowed to “rejoice” that it was Beirut and not Tel Aviv.
If it was us, and I hope it was us, then we should be proud of it, and with that we will create a balance of terror. By avoiding saying it’s us – we are putting ourselves on the dark side of morality. We are all allowed to rejoice that it exploded in the port of Beirut and not in Tel Aviv.
The blast was initially attributed to a shipment of fireworks, but it was later revealed to be 2,750 tonnes of highly explosive ammonium nitrate sitting in a warehouse which ignited, causing the huge explosion.
It should be pointed out that Israel approached Lebanon through international defence and diplomatic channels to offer the Lebanese government medical humanitarian aid, the country Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said in a joint statement.
Feiglin is a veteran ultra-nationalist libertarian activist and former member of Knesset on behalf of the ruling Likud Party. He ran for Knesset a number of times with his Zehut Party which promotes libertarian policies and rose to prominence due to its unsuccessful push to legalise recreational use of cannabis.