Following is the full transcript of the phone interview of Noam Federman, held by Shai & Dror during their satirical show in channel 10 in the Israeli TV. (the interview is authentic, not a satire sketch.)
Some background: Noam Federman is one of the leading figures in the extreme right political movement Kach that was outlawed some 15 years ago by the Knesset. The movement was founded by Rabbi Kahanah, who was murdered in 1990 in the US.
The interview was done following the events surrounding the funeral of Rabbi Netanel Useri who was killed by Palestinians terrorists who attacked his isolated settlement near Hebron.
The funeral procession was detained after the wife of Useri demanded the participation of Federman and Baruch Marzel, also a leader of Kach. They could not attend the funeral since they were banned from entering Hebron under a military order, after starting a violent riot in the area in the past.
The funeral finally got underway at noon (without the attendance of Federman and Marzel) and was characterized by rioting youngsters that vandalized Palestinian property and clashed with the Police. Soon it turned out that there are discrepancies among the family of the deceased regarding the burial place. Useriâ€™s father wanted to bury his son in Jerusalem, but Useriâ€™s wife demanded heâ€™ll be buried in the field where he was murdered and even got some of his friends to dig a hole in the field as a preparation. After some negotiations, the Rabbi of Hebron decided that that body will be buried in Hebron cemetery.
In the afternoon, the body was snatched by Useriâ€™s friends, who rushed with it to the hole they dug earlier. They were stopped a short distance away by the Police. The Police ordered the funeral vehicle to drive to Hebron, but then Useriâ€™s wife decided to drive to Jerusalem with the body in order to protest the forbiddance to bury her husband where she wanted. The long funeral procession turned towards Jerusalem despite Police objection. In Jerusalem the wife spoke with some Rabbis and finally agreed to bury Useri in Hebron. During the travel back to Hebron, a second attempt was made to snatch the body. The attempt was stopped after a violent clash with Police. The Police moved the body to a military ambulance who drive, under heavy security to Hebron, where Useri was finally put to rest.
The interview took place the same day (yesterday) at 11 PM. The transcript was published in Ynet. I translated the transcript almost word by word and only added some explanations in brackets.
Shai & Dror: Shalom Noam Federman
Noam Federman: Shalom. Who is this?
S&D: Its Shai from Shai & Dror. Are you at home now?
S&D: Did you steal the body? (of Netanel Useri, SB)
NF: I am under home arrest by order of center region command general. He would not let me attend the funeral.
S&D: What is your connection to the incident of stealing the body?
NF: What is your connection to the incident?
S&D: We are just curious.
NF: Iâ€™ll tell you how you are connected: because of you, Jews are being murdered. Thatâ€™s how you are connected to the stealing of the body
S&D: Why is this happening because of us?
NF: Why?? Because youâ€™re leftists.
S&D: We sent him (Netanel Useri, SB) to sit there alone?
NF: You are leftists, so it happens.
S&D: Leftists cause Jews to be murdered?
NF: Of course. Leftists cause Jews to be murdered.
S&D. Leftists sit here in Tel Aviv quietly, eating their Sushi, not doing harm to anyone.
NF: Leftists get blown up in Tel Aviv and after that we get blown up in Hebron because of you.
S&D: Maybe itâ€™s the other way around? Maybe because youâ€™re sitting there in all the weird places â€“ people get blown up in Tel Aviv?
NF: Sheinkin is a weird place in my eyes, relatively to Hebron (Sheinkin street is considered the center of bohemian life in Tel Aviv, SB). Neve Shaâ€™anan with all the Negroes, the Indians, the Hispanics, the Japs and the Chinese â€“ thatâ€™s even weirder than Hebron (Neve Shaâ€™anan is a neighborhood in south Tel Aviv where many foreign workers live. It is also the place where the latest suicide bombing occurred, two weeks ago. SB)
S&D: Tell me: do you consider yourself a man-hater misanthrope? Do you hate leftists?
NF: I detest leftists.
S&D: What do you like least: leftists or Arabs? Who is worse?
NF: Leftists are much worse than Arabs.
S&D: If you could do a transfer, would you get rid of the Arabs or leftists?
NF: Leftists are traitorous characters that rather sell their own people for the pot of gold and for pleasure benefits and they are much worse than Arabs.
S&D: Tell me, is there one leftist that you believe is truly harmful to the people and because of him all this happens?
NF: There many such: Yossi Sarid (head of Meretz party, SB), Yossi Beilin (one of the leading figures in the negotiations that led to the Oslo accord, SB) , Mitzna (head of the labour party, candidate for PM in upcoming elections, SB)
S&D: who is he most prominent one?
S&D: What would you do to him?
NF: I would put him to trial for his Oslo crimes (referring to the Oslo accord, SB). If the court would have found him guilty, and I believe it would, than he should be hanged in the city square â€“ the square of the kings of Israel (former name of Rabin square, in the center of Tel Aviv, SB)
S&D: but only after a trial, because we are a democratic state
NF: Sure, weâ€™ll bring witnesses, all Oslo orphans.
S&D: Would you like yourself to be the one that executes him? Be the one that wraps the rope around Beilinâ€™s neck?
NF: Very gladly.
S&D: It would make you feel good, huh?
NF: Its not a matter of feeling good. Actually it hurts me to hang a Jew, but what can you do.
S&D: Who else would you hang in a row besides Beilin?
NF: Lets not start naming names.
S&D: Listen, they did you a favor and erected five hanging polls in the city square.
NF: They killed Rabin already.
S&D yes, you killed Rabin already.
NF: Yes, Rabin is already dead.
S&D: So who else?
S&D: You would hang Peres?
NF: Why not? Beilin, Rabin, eh.... Rabin is already....
S&D: You eliminated Rabin already. Who else?
NF: Who else? Everyone who traits the Israeli people
S&D: Noam Federman, thank you, keep up the good work youâ€™re doing in Hebron.
NF: all the best, goodbye.