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    • Eli
    • 22.10.05 | 12:12 (IST)

    I fully agree with Nehemia Strasler. It is more than time to ring the alarm bell. Maybe the greatest danger for Israel comes from within, and not from outside. The essentially secular and faithful to the State IDF know how to handle external threats and to defend even those religious hooligans that act against the State and the law. Unfortunately, the political establishment is totally incapable to deal with the ultra nationalistic and extremist ?Jewish Taliban?. Imagine a group of secular individuals doing to a worshiper at the Western Wall what the haredim did to General Stern and General Naveh. They would have been detained by the police, charged accordingly and probably sentenced to heavy jail terms. Why did the haredim go unpunished? When will the ?silent majority? of Israel wake up, get rid of the shortsighted political establishment that is leading the country to a catastrophe and put a term to the illegal troublemaking of the haredi zealots? The errors of the past (like extensive settlement in Judea, Samaria and Gaza) should not excuse the lack of political vision today and tomorrow. Zealotry was always the greatest internal enemy of Jewish people.

    from the article: Preparing for the next war
    First published 00:00 21.10.05 | Last updated 00:00 21.10.05
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