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They call themselves the guardians of human rights as a way to ease their
But some extreme left-wing organizations are financially
supported by foreign governments that are clearly anti-Israel. A more obvious
term comes to mind for such organizations: fifth column. This is the appropriate
name for those who work nonstop to weaken the very state they live and work
Many of these groups have been working for years against the IDF and
the government, as we strive to deal with the complicated realities of the
Middle East. In many other democracies (including those that fund these
organizations), these groups would have to deal with legal action against them –
not to mention widespread public outcry.
As much as these organizations
try to claim that their actions are advancing the cause of peace, they are
actually pushing peace further and further away. Their campaigns don’t hold back
from using any method available – they delegitimize the state, attempt to limit
our options and deter us from defending ourselves. Moreover, they are causing
irreparable damage to our interests overseas – damage that no amount of effort
by our dedicated diplomats will be able to rectify.
WHILE WE recognize
the importance of freedom of expression, we all know that reasonable limits must
prevail. There must be fair and reasonable rules. How can we allow these
foreign interests to buy ideologies by paying millions of euros every year? We
must understand that that they have only one true goal – the end of Israeli
sovereignty over our hard-earned society.
Those who question our
obligation to investigate this noxious challenge must first ask themselves
important questions. What right do these countries have to claim an interest in
the internal social issues of our society? Why do they feel entitled to meddle
in our most sensitive diplomatic and security decisions through devious,
deceitful methods? Can one imagine the Vatican allowing foreign groups to
undermine its duly formulated policies? Would the US sit by while
nongovernmental groups stalk and monitor its soldiers’ every move during
dangerous combat missions?
Of course not! Such behavior is routinely described
as aiding and abetting terrorist organizations, and its perpetrators usually
face stern justice, including imprisonment and fines. This natural reaction
comes from all democratic nations, without even mentioning the draconian
punishment meted out to terrorists and their facilitators by the
not-so-enlightened justice systems of our less-democratic neighbors.
inconceivable that any sovereign, enlightened state would allow foreign elements
to influence the internal workings of its society. It is further unimaginable
that rational and fair leaders would not work diligently to uproot such
behavior. We should not be embarrassed, but rather proud to state that it is our
responsibility as leaders to do the right thing for our country. We must never
shy away from defending our citizens.
If these organizations do not
realize that they are being manipulated by outside extremists to harm our state,
then it is our duty to act decisively and legislate appropriately to protect our
Just as we send our young men and women to the front to risk
their lives for our state, we must embark on this war of social norms to protect
our democracy and reinstill a sense of trust, confidence and pride in our
society.The writer, deputy speaker of the Knesset and chairman of World
Likud, was appointed chairman last week of the Knesset commission of inquiry to
investigate the foreign funding of Israeli organizations.