Shabtai Shavit, formerly the head of the Mossad and presently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, addressed the events in the Middle East in a speech on Sunday evening.
"Western culture espouses the values of tolerance and acceptance of the other, but radical Islam is not willing to accept the other and according to its perception the 'infidels' must die,” he said. “Since the West places an emphasis on morality, it tries to fight terrorism while its hands are tied. The tension between the need for security and morality is also expressed by means of preventing and combating terrorism. With technological developments I predict that eventually the technology will evolve into an effective tool in fighting terrorism, but until that development will come, terrorism will have already been at work in the non-conventional arena.”