Israel's Democracy Is What Jihadis Really Worry About

(Financial Times-UK) Ohad Zemet - In the wake of events in Afghanistan, I was astonished to see the Financial Times publish a letter on Sep. 14 claiming that "a key driver behind the appeal of" jihadi ideology is "the systemic injustices to Palestinians." This claim is not based on factual data and it's dangerous. Anyone who has listened to jihadist groups understands that they do not refer to a "deal" for the Palestinians. These are people who see our democratic way of life and values as a threat and want to bring the region back to the Middle Ages, free from all minorities and human rights. Israel is the only country in the Middle East where there is an increase in the number of Christians, where rights of women and LGBT+ people are preserved, and Israel, therefore, poses a threat to the ideology of these groups. Most Israelis want peace, and are willing to go to great lengths to reach it. We hope there will be a brave Palestinian leader who can walk with us in this joint path. Thinking that the actions of the Jewish state is the catalyst for jihadism blames the victims. The writer is spokesperson of the Israeli Embassy in London.

2021-09-20 00:00:00

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