Connecting the Terror in Paris with the Terror Against Israel

(Ha'aretz-Hebrew-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser - The struggle that the ultra-radical Islamists are waging against the West and its allies, and the Palestinian struggle against Israel, complement each other. Their common goal is to destroy the world order that the West created after the First World War, which included the adoption of the Balfour Declaration as part of the British Mandate. This world order was reinforced after the Second World War by the decision to establish a Jewish state in the Land of Israel, whose implementation in the face of Muslim opposition is still rejected by the Palestinians and by radical Islam in all its variants. Thus, the terror against Israel and the terror against the West are two sides of the same coin from an ideological standpoint. What disturbs the Palestinians is that as radical Islam's direct warfare against the West expands, they lose a key asset for promoting their goals. As is becoming increasingly clear, the Palestinian issue is not the heart of the problem. Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, formerly director general of the Israel Ministry of Strategic Affairs, is director of the project on the Regional Implications of the Syrian Civil War at the Jerusalem Center.

2015-12-14 00:00:00

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