Enough: Israel Crushes Extremism. Others Promote It.
Radical-leaning political leaders trying to flex their political muscles and threaten coalition friction (they currently make up part of the governing coalition) if their fanatic demands are not met? Not working now. The prime minister now knows the will of the people is for him to tell those parties to go take a hike, and he will form a coalition with other parties.
While the "Arab Spring" is replacing extremism with more extremism, the Israeli Autumn is defeating all hints of extremism in our society in favor of the moderate approach we have always known. Yes, the people of Israel are rising up, staring down religious extremism and defeating it.
And the rest of the world, including the United States and its political leadership, would be wise to take note of our example and follow our lead. There can be no soft talk, no political correctness, and no compromises when it comes to religious extremism.
I am proud that immigrants from the United States of America are leading this effort in Israel. Apparently, the messages of "the evil empire" and "tear down this wall" came here with them. Also, "if any government sponsors the outlaws and killers of innocence, they have become outlaws and murderers themselves. And they will take that lonely path at their own peril."
We will never accept the ugly face of extremism in our new country and ancient homeland. We, as Jews, have a weekly reminder of this concept when we recite the words of Psalms during Friday night services, "God will give His nation strength, God will bless His nation with peace." The only way to bring peace is to act with strength towards those who oppose it.
But I fear that many fellow Americans are forgetting the recipe for success which is plain in this verse and in the above quotes from U.S. presidents.
Let the message spread from Bet Shemesh and from all of Israel to the rest of the world: it is time for leaders and private citizens to take a stand. Coalitions of different parties and ideologies who may differ on other issues must work together with one voice to tackle the specific issue of religious extremism, so that what may begin as an isolated fanatical edict here and there will never lead to little girls being assaulted in the streets, as little Na'ama courageously revealed.
Take a stand. Join Israel!