At the Jerusalem Post, Gabriel Rosenberg writes that in order to win the war against Islamist terrorism, the West must understand the nature of this hateful ideology – something Israel is all too familiar with:
Because the threat of radical Islamic terrorism is rather new to the West, its leaders and media are still struggling to correctly identify the threat and are therefore unable to effectively repel it. In the name of often well-intended political correctness, many in the West try to blame the existence of terrorism on largely irrelevant factors such as poverty, social injustice, foreign policy blunders and even the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Although these factors may or may not fuel radical Islamic terrorism, none of them are the cause of it. Radical Islamic terrorists, or jihadists, are driven by Islamism – a political ideology with roots in Muslim scriptures that calls for the destruction of Western society and the establishment of Sharia law (Islamic law) worldwide. The Western world, including Israel, is a target of jihadist aggression because we cherish, represent and defend values that oppose Islamism – such as democracy, equality, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.