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Palestinian Media Watch translated a book by Mustafa Mashhur, leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (1996-2002), titled “Jihad Is The Way,” which appeared in the Jerusalem Post on February 9, 2011. In it, Mashhur writes:
The problems of the Islamic world – such as in Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea or the Philippines – are not issues of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are the problems of Islam and all Muslims, and their resolution cannot be negotiated and bargained by recognizing the enemy’s right to the Islamic land he stole, and therefore there is no other option but jihad for Allah, and this is why jihad is the way.
Columnist Richard Cohen wrote in the Washington Post in October 2001:
The Arab world is the last bastion of unbridled, unashamed, unhidden and unbelievable anti-Semitism. Hitlerian myths get published in the popular press as incontrovertible truth. The Holocaust gets minimized or denied…How the Arab world will ever come to terms with Israel when Israelis are portrayed as the devil incarnate is hard to figure out.
The so-called “moderate” imam Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual guide to the Muslim Brotherhood and a frequent commentator on Al-Jazeera, prayed during a January 2009 “Gaza Victory Rally” in Doha, Qatar, for the opportunity to kill a Jew before his death:
The only thing that I hope for is that as my life approaches its end, Allah will give me an opportunity to go to the land of Jihad and resistance, even if in a wheelchair. I will shoot Allah’s enemies, the Jews, and they will throw a bomb at me, and thus, I will seal my life with martyrdom. Praise be to Allah.
It is apparent that the secular West does not comprehend the triumphalist nature of resurgent Islam and its aggressive nature, which calls for jihad and the creation of a universal Islamic state governed by Sharia law. Not even the blatant and popular incitement against Israel by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which prompted hate-filled demonstrators to storm the Israeli embassy in Cairo (an act of war), or the provocations of Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan have made Western capitals realize that neither Turkey nor Egypt can be relied upon. Islam and Islamists are driving the agenda in both Ankara and Cairo.
Benny Morris has concluded that what the Arab Spring has delivered is the “ruination of responsible government, chaos, and a surge in, and possibly…a takeover by radical Islamism.” He added,
Unfortunately, the events in Egypt are part of a wider pattern, one episode feeding the next. In large measure it was set in train in 1979 with the Islamist Revolution’s victory in Teheran (ironically, the year Israel and Egypt signed their peace treaty). Since then, most of the anti-Israel fury and operations in the region have been orchestrated if not supported in one way or another by Teheran.
Israel might be the first victim of Islamist hatred, but not its last. American and European policymakers should recognize that appeasement of an Islamist Middle East will not stop its quest for dominance, just as Nazism killed the Jews first then proceeded to kill millions of Christians in the name of an intolerant ideology.
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