Israeli president Reuven Rivlin spoke at an anti-violence and anti-homophobia rally attended by thousands in Jerusalem, on August 01, 2015.
In the wake of a stabbing attack Thursday at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade and the firebombing of a Palestinian home, which killed a Palestinian toddler on Friday, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin warned that the flames of hatred are quickly spreading throughout Israel.
Speaking Saturday evening at a Jerusalem rally against the violent and homophobic attacks, the president expressed his hope that the attacks would serve as a “wake-up call” for the entire country.
“An atmosphere has been created here that has allowed leniency towards what is naively called ‘weeds,’” Rivlin stated.
“Every society has extremist fringes, but today we have to ask: what is it in the public atmosphere which allows extremism and extremists to walk in confidence, in broad daylight? What is it that has enabled these weeds to threaten the safety of the entire garden of flowers?” he asked.
“Citizens of Israel, a Jewish and democratic Israel, democratic and Jewish Israel, needs a wake-up call today.”