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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Apr 22, 2021 at 17:56

Dear Dr Pipes: Your article "Can the Koran Solve Israel's Political Impasse?" clearly outlines the problem that I am most worried about. I am worried that no modern democracy can survive without Muslims being the king-makers. Your article clearly indicates that Benjamin Netanyahu is failing to create a majority government in Israel without the support of the support of the Muslim groups in the Knesset. Some will say that there is nothing wrong in it because Netanyahu can also not make a government without the support of a right wing Jewish party and, therefore, the situation is symmetric. The problem is that no such situation can arise in any of the Islam-occupied nations. Let alone being the king makers in any democratic elections, non-Muslims can at best be second-class visitors and temporary residents in these nations. They barely have citizenship rights.

Muslims are taking the maximum advantage of democracy in free nations. I have studied the bahavior of Muslim politicians and voters in the USA, in India, and in European nations. Most of these politicians and voters are single-issue voters and the issue is 'advancement of Islam'. The problem that Israel is facing today, will be faced by India in ten years. If nothing changes, the same situation will be faced by many more democratic countries.

Unfortunately, Muslims are within their rights to exploit and abuse democracy. Democracy allows it. But Muslims do not have rights to state falsehood as truth and wrong as right. If Muslims do not separate religion from politics, the world will have to do it for them. This battle between universal freedom and Islamic-slavery does not have to be violent. It is an intellectual battle. Intellectual battles are harder to fight but we will have to fight them. Every human who is not seeing the dangers of Islamism in the world will need to be educated. Future converts to Islam, in particular, need to be educated.

We can use Quran as a basis of resolving Netanyahu's current impasse but it will only be a temporary solution. Quran's assertions about lands belonging to religions are wrong. If tomorrow, all residents of a city willingly and non-violently convert to a new religion X, they should have rights on that city irrespective of what Quran says or does not say.

I can almost predict what is going to happen in Israel. One more bastion is going to fall. RZP will agree to coexist with Islamist Ra'am party (IRP). I am not afraid of RZP because its purpose, I am sure, is not to make everyone a Jew. But I am afraid of Islamist Ra'am party because its fantacy is to make everyone a Muslim (it denies the existence of Israel, after all). I want to tell IRP something loud and clear: as long as it is Islamic, it is not a political party and it does not belong to the democratic process. And, that is why I am writing this letter.

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