“Palestinians will never acknowledge Israel’s Jewish
The Real Cause of Conflict in the Middle East
Ephraim Karsh in his book Palestine Betrayed explained the root causes of conflict in the Middle East when he wrote how the Mufti of Jerusalem inflamed the Muslim masses. Dr. Karsh wrote:
..the Mufti utilized the immense inflammatory potential of Islam, which had constituted the linchpin of the Middle East social and political order for over a millenium, and its deep anti-Jewish sentiment. Reflecting the prophet Muhammad's outrage over the rejection of his religious message by the Jewish community, both the Koran and later biographical traditions of the Prophet abound with negative depictions of the Jews. In these works they are portrayed as a deceitful, evil and treacherous people who in their insatiable urge for domination would readily betray an ally and swindle a non-Jew, and who tampered with the Holy Scriptures, spurned Allah's divine message, and persecuted his messenger Muhammad just as they had Jesus of Nazareth and other previous prophets. For this perfidy, they would incur a string of retributions, both in the afterlife where they would burn in Hell, and hear on earth, where they were justly condemned to an existence of wretchedness and humiliation. "I never saw the curse denounced against the children of Israel more fully brought to bear than in the East," wrote an early nineteenth century Western traveler to the Ottoman empire, "where they are considered rather as a link between animals and human beings, than as men possessed with the same attributes."
An outstanding article that discusses the Islamic roots of conflict in the Middle East was written by Arieh Stav in the January 1996 issue of Outpost called Arabs and Nazism. The section. The following are some of the relevant paragraphs from that article.
The destruction of Israel has become a theological imperative for Islam. At the fourth Islamic conference in Cairo, in 1968, Sheik Nadim el-Jasser of Lebanon said that Allah had posed a challenge to the Moslems with the establishment of the Zionist entity, and their salvation could only come if they first destroyed Israel. In the Egypt of the 1980s, el-Jasser's thesis was expanded to argue that the destruction of the Jews was no longer merely an Islamic theological problem, no longer a regional issue, but a categorical imperative for all humanity, whose redemption will come only after it recovers from the cancerous growth that has spread over the body of mankind.
According to this view, the existence of Israel is intended to solve the logistical problem of gathering the Jews into one place in order to make it easier to destroy them. Jahia al-Rahawi amplifies this theme in Al Ahrar, the Arab daily published by Egypt's Liberal Party. "When the State of Israel was established and recognized by many in both East and West, one of the reasons for this recognition was the desire to get rid of as many representatives as possible of the human error which is called Jews. There was an additional purpose, a secret one, namely to place them all in one location so that they might be extinguished at the appropriate moment. In this confrontation, we see how that great man Hitler, may Allah have mercy on him, one of the wisest of men, dealt with this problem. Out of compassion for humankind, he tried to destroy every Jew, but despaired of healing this cancerous growth that spread in the body of humanity." This was published on July 19, 1982. On October 22, 1986.
Sheik Yusef Badri, one of Egypt's senior theologians, was quoted as saying: "We are waiting for the day when the Jews will be gathered in Falestin and it will be a day of enormous slaughter. The Jews will hide behind stones and rocks but each will call to a Moslem and say 'A Jew hides behind me. Come and kill him.' "
When Berlin fell, Hitler said that the destruction of Germany was appropriate for a nation that had failed to fulfill its purpose. In 1982, Ahmed Ben Bela, knowingly or not, repeated Hitler's words when he expressed his willingness to destroy the Arab world so long as Israel was destroyed. If there is no other solution, he declared, there will be a nuclear war and so that matter shall be finished once and for all.
An excellent article about this is called Pedagogy of Hate and was written by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook (1/4/2004). In the article they write that:
If you want to know what's really at the heart of the Palestinian conflict with Israel, don't ask politicians or diplomats. Go to Palestinian children.
Unlike the rest of the world, they've been paying close attention to what their leaders and educators have been teaching. And they are ready to practice what they've been taught.
For instance, children interviewed on PA TV last week state without reservation that Israel has no right to exist, and that the goal for which they're willing to sacrifice their lives is Israel's destruction.
The Arabs would have us Westerners see the Palestinians as being caused by oppression of the little oppressed David (The Palestinians) by the evil Israeli Goliath. Is this really the case? Not according to Zuheir Mohsein who in 1977 when he was a member of the supreme council of the PLO said (1)
There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity, because it is in the interest of the Arabs to encourage a separate Palestinian identity in contrast to Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new expedient to continue the fight against Zionism and for Arab unity
There are many more quotes by Arabs supporting Mr. Mohsein's statement. What Zuheir is saying besides the shocking statement that the Palestinian Identity is a hoax is that the conflict against Israel is really between the Arab nation and Israel. Framing the conflict in this way portrays Israel as a tiny David in a sea of hostile Arabs and is an argument one would expect he would make to Arab and not Western audiences. Though we may never know the reason for this momentary lapse of foolish honesty the message is an important one, the struggle is between the Arab Nation and Israel and the Palestinian Identity was created to gain Western sympathy as part of that struggle.
The Arabs complain to the West about Palestinian suffering and blame it on Israel. There is no doubt the Palestinian Arabs are suffering but it is suffering of their own making. One of their big complaints is Israeli checkpoints yet if they did not commit suicide bombings there would be no need for checkpoints. The Arabs of Judea, Samaria and Gaza suffer from widespread poverty yet in the 1970s before the Palestinian Authority was given control of 98% of the Arabs in these areas they were the fourth fastest growing economy in the world -- ahead of such "wonders" as Singapore, Hong Kong, and Korea, and substantially ahead of Israel itself...
The Arabs in their quest to turn the world against Israel fabricate atrocities by Israel. A classic example of this is their claim of an Israeli massacre of Arabs at Jenin. Unfortunately their fabrications are spread by media outlets such as CNN and the BBC.
Jonathan Foreman in an article called "Media Miss Israeli Restraint" (New York Post 4/17/02) wrote:
the tactics chosen by the Israeli army -- sending infantrymen from house to house -- simply make no sense unless the avoidance of civilian casualties was a priority. If the Israelis were truly as callous or reckless about civilian casualties as CNN and the BBC imply, they could have destroyed the "terrorist infrastructure" at much less risk to their own men: * The last time American troops fought guerillas in an urban area was the battle of Hue in 1968. We didn't hesitate to use artillery and jet aircraft in support of the Marines. * The early French response to the uprising in Algeria included the naval bombardment of a rebel-controlled town, randomly killing up to 8,000 people. * The Russians literally pulverized the Chechen capital of Grozny in 1999. And if the Israelis were as monstrously cavalier about human life as their enemies claim, they would simply have shelled or bombed Ramallah and Jenin into submission. That's what Syria's then-President Assad did at Hama in 1982--where he crushed the Muslim Brotherhood at the cost of at least 10,000 lives....
The Israelis could be forgiven for learning the wrong lesson from the past two weeks: That next time they go after the people who've been suicide bombing their kids, they might as well just level Ramallah and Nablus and Jenin. Why take the risk of fighting from house to house if you're going to be treated as if you've done a Grozny anyway?
While the United States attacked Afghanistan they tried not to hit civilians but they were not willing to do so at the risk of house to house combat. One result was U.S. aircraft hit a hospital by mistake. Another was the loss of many civilian lives.
The Arabs would have the West believe that one reason that they are fighting is because Israel took away the West Bank from them. Yet the West Bank, was originally Judea and Samaria, which was part of Biblical Israel and which was designated to be part of the Jewish National Home. Israel gained control of Judea and Samaria in 1967 when Jordan attacked Israel while she was fighting Syria and Egypt. Former State Department Legal Advisor Stephen Schwebel, who later headed the International Court of Justice in the Hague, wrote in 1970 regarding Israel's case:
Where the prior holder of territory (Jordan) had seized that territory unlawfully, the state which subsequently takes that territory in the lawful exercise of self-defense has, against that prior holder, better title.
If all the Arabs wanted was Judea and Samaria from Israel, then why was the Palestinian Liberation Organization founded before Israel had control of those areas? Why have territorial concessions by Israel only led to more and more violence? Why if the conflict is only about Judea and Samaria, did the Voice of Palestine broadcast On May 3, 1999, a religious sermon (at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque) instructing all Muslims that all of Israel is part of Palestine and that Israel's survival is "forbidden by religious law:" Here is an excerpt of that sermon:
The land of Muslim Palestine is a single unit which cannot be divided. There is no difference between Haifa and Nablus, between Lod and Ramallah, between Jerusalem and Nazareth. The division of the land of Palestine into cantons and the recognition of the occupation is forbidden by religious law, since the land of Palestine is sacred Wakf land for the benefit of all Muslims, east and west. No one has the right to divide it or give up any of it. The liberation of Palestine is obligatory for all the Islamic nations and not only for our Palestinian nation....All Israeli politicians across their entire political spectrum, regardless of their labels, they all have a single Zionist view embodied in the occupation of the land and the establishment of the Zionist entity at the expense of the Muslim Palestinian land....Allah shall free the captives and the prisoners, Allah shall grant victory to our jihad warriors.
This sermon tells us that Palestine is sacred Wakf land. It is a religious obligation to liberate it. Why is it sacred Wakf land? Alan Dershowitz wrote an article titledThe Palestinians Genocide Campaign, (Jerusalem Post 4/14/04) in which he explained that under the Palestinian Muslim's version of Islamic law,
it is impermissible for Jews to govern any land that was once under Muslim control, and it is equally impermissible for a Jewish majority to govern a Muslim minority, namely Israeli Arabs.
Yassir Arafat in a speech at a rally in Ramallah (2/7/02) gave us another clue as to the origin of the Middle East conflict when he said:
We will make the lives of the infidels Hell!
Could hatred of the non-believing infidel be the root of the Middle East conflict? The preacher Dr. Ahmed Yousuf Abu Halabiah, a member of the Palestinian Sharianic (Islamic religious law) Rulings Council, and Rector of Advanced Studies, the Islamic University, said on Palestinian Television, 13 October 2000
it is necessary to slaughter them and murder them, according to the words of Allah... it is forbidden to have mercy in your hearts for the Jews in any place and in any land. Make war on them any place that you find yourself. Any place that you encounter them, kill them. Kill the Jews and those among the Americans that are like them... The Jews only understand might. Have no mercy on the Jews, murder them everywhere...
Dr. Muhammed Ibrahim Madi, said on Palestinian Television, 30 March 2001
We the Palestinian nation, our fate from Allah is to be the vanguard in the war against the Jews until the resurrection of the dead, as the prophet Muhammad said: "The resurrection of the dead will not arrive until you will fight the Jews and kill them...
Islamic Jihad leader, Ramadan Abdalla Shalah said [Mid-East Mirror, November 10, 1996):
In the end Israel will disappear as the Koran states. From the standpoint of the Koran, there is no place for Israel and its existence is not justifiable.
After Israel killed Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the Hamas leader, Jaber Yassin a 29 year old Islamic Jihad supporter had a son who he named Ahmed. Jaber said he would be proud if his son shared the fate of his namesake. He explained (New York Post 3/24/04):
The Koran says there can be no peace between us and the Jews until the Day of Judgment.
The Hamas Charter instructs:
We [all Palestinians] know the Palestinian problem is a religious one, to be dealt with on this premise... 'I swear by that [sic] who holds in his hands the Soul of Muhammad! I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I will assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill.'
Certainly the Arabs believe the war against Israel to be a religious one. This is why Israeli concessions of land haven't worked. The conflict is not about land. It's about hostility toward the Jews because they are non-believing infidels.
(1) The Dutch Newspaper, Trouw March 31, 1977
Is hatred of the non-believer the cause of conflict in the Middle East or is the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and oppression of Palestinians the real cause? To answer this lets consider two hypothetical countries one large country inhabited by Moslems consisting of high mountains and another a small adjacent valley which is inhabited by secular people and Moslems. Lets assume that the secular people are good tolerant people who wish to get along with the Moslems. The Moslems go to their mosques and read in their Koran "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush". They read how they will go to paradise if they fight war against the non-believer. The Muslims living with the seculars start killing them. The surrounding Muslims decide to go to war with the seculars. They decide to annihilate them but they have a problem. There are Muslims living among the seculars and they might inadvertantly get killed. Those Muslims have to be removed. So they warn the Muslims living with the seculars, leave, after we are victorious you can come back. Many Muslims flee in order to protect themselves. The surrounding Muslims attack the seculars and to their shock are defeated and the seculars occupy the high mountains. The Muslims fight the "occupation." The world might not be that sympathetic to the Moslems since they already have a large country even without the hills occupied by the seculars. So their leader has an idea. He decides that they will identify themselves as an independent nationality. Now the conflict is framed as one by the larger country of the seculars against the tiny country of the Moslems. Now the world starts to sympathize with their cause. Sound farfetched? Take a look at the following quotes by "Palestinians" about the Palestinian identity. In order to drive out the infidel the Moslems might resort to suicide bombings. The secular occupiers in order to stop the suicide bombings will be forced to rout out the terrorists. The Moslems will claim to the world that the occupiers have committed massacres against them in order to get the world to assist them in pushing out the occupiers (See the section on Jenin of the Arab Propaganda web page.) The point I am making is a scenario exactly like the one in the Middle East could occur if Islam was at the root of the conflict and the Israelis did nothing wrong!
The Palestinian Israeli conflict did not arise because the Palestinians had their country taken away from them as the Arabs would have the West believe. Zuheir Mohsein, who at the time was a member of the supreme council of the PLO was interviewed by the Dutch Daily Trouw in March 31, 1977. In that interview he explained:
There are no differences between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. We are all part of one nation. It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity, because it is in the interest of the Arabs to encourage a separate Palestinian identity in contrast to Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity is there only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new expedient to continue the fight against Zionism and for Arab unity.
Many other Arab leaders have made similar statements. In fact during the British mandate the British called the Jews living in Israel, Palestinians. What if the Israelis withdrew from their settlements and an Islamic State was created? Would that create peace in the Middle East? From the Arab perspective all of Israel is a settlement that must be destroyed. What if Israel was destroyed? Would the Arabs than love the West or at least not hate the West. Not according to Al-Qa'ida spokesman Suleiman Abu Gheith. He wrote an article titled "In the Shadow of the Lances" on the website of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, www.alneda.com. Following numerous hacking attempts after the international media reported that the site was linked to Al-Qa'ida, its address was changed to http://126.96.36.199. The Middle East Media Research Institute, MEMRI translated the article (Special Dispatch Series - No. 388 June 12, 2002 No.388) In the article Suleiman wrote:
America is the head of heresy in our modern world, and it leads an infidel democratic regime that is based upon separation of religion and state and on ruling the people by the people via legislating laws that contradict the way of Allah and permit what Allah has prohibited. This compels the other countries to act in accordance with the same laws in the same ways... and punishes any country [that rebels against these laws] by besieging it, and then by boycotting it. By so doing, [America] seeks to impose on the world a religion that is not Allah's..."
So one reason the Islamic world hates America is because it's not an Islamic state obedient to Sharia or Islamic law. This has nothing to do with Israel. Suleiman gives other reasons that Muslims hate America. He writes:
Due to the American bombings and siege of Iraq, more than 1,200,000 Muslims were killed in the past decade. Due to the siege, over a million children are killed [annually] - that is 83,333 children on average per month, 2,777 children on average per day. 5,000 Iraqis were killed in one day in the Al-'Amiriya shelter alone. Are these statistics of military installations???!!!!"
"In its war against the Taliban and Al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan, America has killed 12,000 Afghan civilians and 350 Arab Jihad fighters, among them women and children. It annihilated entire families from among the Arab Jihad fighters while they were in their cars, when the American Air Force bombed [them] with helicopters and anti-tank missiles, until nothing remained of some of them except scattered body parts."
"In Somalia, America killed 13,000 Somalis and [its soldiers] carried out acts of abomination on [Somali] boys and women."
Muslims Have Suffered from the U.S.'s Standing with Christians
"America's standing with the Christians of the world against the Muslims has stripped the camouflage from its face. Much can be said about this regarding the Sudan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Kashmir, Macedonia, Bosnia, and other tragedies. America's siege on the Islamic countries as punishment for their rebellion against its laws has transgressed all limits, and Muslims have suffered economic losses that outstrip the imagination."
"After all this, is it forbidden for a victim to escape when he is tied and brought to the slaughterhouse?!! Is he not entitled, while he is being slaughtered, to stamp his feet?!!..."
We have not reached parity with them. We have the right to kill 4 million Americans - 2 million of them children - and to exile twice as many and wound and cripple hundreds of thousands. Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so as to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the [Americans'] chemical and biological weapons."
"America knows only the language of force. This is the only way to stop it and make it take its hands off the Muslims and their affairs. America does not know the language of dialogue!! Or the language of peaceful coexistence!! America is kept at bay by blood alone..."
Suleiman is right that Americans have killed Muslims. However America was in Somalia to save not kill Somalians and was attacked and so killed in self defense. The reason for Islamic attacks that led to American self defense killings can be traced to the fact that as Suleiman said, that from an Islamic perspective America is the head of heresy in the modern world.
Previously I posed the question whether Israel's destruction would end Islamic hatred of the West. Clearly the existence of Israel is not the only reason the Muslims hate the West. On the other hand Arab hatred of Israel certainly contributes to their hatred of the West. Suleiman Gheith also wrote:
For 50 years in Palestine, the Jews - with the blessing and support of the Americans - carried out abominations of murder, suppression, abuse, and exile... The Jews exiled nearly 5 million Palestinians and killed nearly 260,000. They wounded nearly 180,000, and crippled nearly 160,000."
Again Suleiman ignores that Israel has been forced to kill in self defense. With Israel as with America the root of Islamic attacks is that Israel is the infidel. The Middle East conflict is not between Jews and Palestinians it is between Arabs and the Jewish infidel, Arabs whose land area is larger than that of the United States and Israel whose land area is the size of New Jersey! The reasons for the conflict in the Middle East are Islamic hostility toward the Jewish non-believer and political ambition. The Koran states ( II, 189):
The war between dar al-Islam - the Realm of Islam - and the Realm of War is an eternal one as long as non-Islamic belief exists (Koran, II, 189).
Yassir Arafat in a speech at a rally in Ramallah (2/7/02) revealed what the Arab Israel conflict is about when he said:
We will make the lives of the infidels Hell!
At a conference of the Moslem Arab Youth Association in Oklahoma City in 1992, Kamal Helbawi, a leader of the Egyptian Muslim brotherhood based in Pakistan, gave a speech in which he said: (Jihad in America by Steve Emerson p187)
Oh noble brothers, the Palestinian cause is not a conflict over borders and land only. It is not a conflict over thought or human ideology. It is not a conflict over peace alone. Rather it is an absolute clash of civilizations, between truth and falsehood--a conflict between two inclinations, a Satanic inclination led by Jews and their allies and a divine inclination, led by Hamas, the entire Islamic movement, and the Islamic people standing behind them.
The Middle East Research Institute, MEMRI, translated an interview given by the Arab press to the mother of a suicide bomber. David Horowitz in his article Know The Enemy And What he Believes (Frontpagemag.com 6/25/02) pointed out that in her interview she has nothing to say about root causes like poverty, or thwarted national desires or "social injustice." Her reasons for rejoicing in the murder of Jews are religious ones. He quoted her as saying:
I am a compassionate mother to my children, Because I love my son, I encouraged him to die a martyrs death for the sake of Allah... Jihad is a religious obligation incumbent upon us, and we must carry it out. I sacrificed Muhammad as part of my obligation. This is an easy thing. There is no disagreement [among scholars] on such matters. The happiness in this world is an incomplete happiness; eternal happiness is life in the world to come, through martyrdom. Allah be praised, my son has attained this happiness... I prayed from the depths of my heart that Allah would cause the success of his operation. I asked Allah to give me 10 [Israelis] for Muhammad, and Allah granted my request and Muhammad made his dream come true, killing 10 Israeli settlers and soldiers. Our God honored him even more, in that there were many Israelis wounded. When the operation was over, the media broadcast the news. Then Muhammad's brother came to me and informed me of his martyrdom. I began to cry, Allah is the greatest, and prayed and thanked Allah for the success of the operation. I began to utter cries of joy and we declared that we were happy. The young people began to fire into the air out of joy over the success of the operation, as this is what we had hoped for him.
One of the religious roots of Islamic conflicts is the belief that the infidel is evil. Abu Bakar Bashir, The radical cleric suspected of masterminding the horrific Bali blast at a night club that burned to death almost 200 people and injured and maimed over 300 more was asked if he had anything to say to the families who lost relatives in the blast. The 64-year-old Bashir said: "My message to the families is please convert to Islam as soon as possible."
By converting to Islam, he claimed, the families could avoid the fate of non-Muslims who died and went to hell.
Another religious root of Islamic conflicts is the religious obligation of Muslims to fight the infidel. Richard Reid, the man who tried to bring down a plane with a bomb in his shoe wrote a suicide note to his mother in which he wrote (New York Post 12/30/01).
You have better all convert to Islam
In the preface to an email will to his mother he expressing the hope that his actions to destroy the airliner would not upset her (CNN.com, Alleged Shoe Bomber Reportedly Told Mother of Plan, 5/23/02)
as what I am doing is part of the ongoing war between Islam and disbelief, (and as such a duty upon me as a Muslim).
That may be at the root of the Islamic conflict with the west.
Osama bin Ladin in an interview with John Miller of ABC news in May 1998 explained that in order for Moslems to be resurrected they had to fight Jews. He said:
We are certain that we shall - with the grace of Allah - prevail over the Americans and over the Jews, as the Messenger of Allah promised us in an authentic prophetic tradition when he said the Hour of the Resurrection shall not come before Muslims fight Jews and before Jews hide behind trees and behind rocks. We are certain - with the grace of Allah - that we shall prevail over the Jews and over those fighting with them.
In an interview with Time Magazine on December 22, 1998 Osama said:
Hostility towards America is a religious duty and we hope to be rewarded for it by God. I am confident that Muslims will be able to end the legend of the so-called superpower that is America.
From Osama bin Laden's point of view the American presence on the Arabian peninsula and their conflict with Iraq are both good reasons to fight America. The following is an excerpt from a fatwa issued by Osama bin Laden and others on February 23, 1998:
For over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian Peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the Peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples...The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies -- civilians and military -- is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it, in order to liberate the al-Aqsa Mosque and the holy mosque [Mecca] from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.
Fred Siegel in his column in the New York Post of September 14th, 01 titled "The Issue is Radical Islam", wrote:
The issue is not Israel. Osama bin Laden blew up a U.S. embassy when the Oslo "peace process" was at the height of its "success."..
What did Israel have to do with the recent Islamic jihad murders in Nigeria? While Islamic terrorists were hitting New York, Muslim militants in northern Nigeria were killing Christians. The violence occurred in the majority Christian city of Jos, where the Nigerian government has imposed the Sharia (Islamic law) on the largely Christian population. The violence began when a Christian woman was attacked after she had the temerity to cross the street in front of a group of Muslim men who had gathered near a Mosque. What followed was three days of killing and burning churches.
Around the world Islamic militants are engaging in a holy war against the infidels - from Coptic Christians in Egypt and the Dinkas in the Sudan, to Hindus in Kashmir, Bahais in Iran, Catholics in the southern Philippines and Christians in East Timor.
In Sudan, the Islamic militants impose slavery on captured Dinkas - but wherever radical Islam is in power, it subjugates people it regards as infidels. The Coalition for the Defense of Human Rights, an organization supporting those persecuted by militant Islam, argues that "radical Islamism is a world ideology, fielding a world terror-army, which oppresses millions with a racist ideology" that deems non-Muslims less than fully human.
Jan Willem Van Der Hoeven, director of the Christian Zionist Center in Jerusalem wrote an article in which he argues that the Middle East conflict is a result of Islam and not a territorial dispute. His article is called: The Main Reasons for the Middle East Conflict, Islam not Territories. According to Itamar Marcus, director of Palestine Media Watch,
The Palestinians have redefined the conflict from one over borders, in which compromise may be a solution, into a religious war for Allah in which compromise is heretical.
A collection of quotes by Palestinian Religious Leaders which support Itamar's contention are posted on the web at http://www.afsi.org/MEDIA/newsLinks/shockers/m97.htm.
Another cause of conflict in the Middle East is political ambition. Political ambition in fact has led the Palestinian Arabs to declare Israel, holy Arab land. Daniel Pipes wrote an excellent article called The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem (Middle East Quarterly Fall 2001) showing how Jerusalem's holiness to Muslims depended on their political ambitions at the time. During the period before Israel recaptured Jerusalem in 1967 Muslims ignored Jerusalem but afterwards Arafat declared that
Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is in the innermost of our feeling, the feeling of our people and the feeling of all Arabs, Muslims, and Christians in the world.
Zuhayr Shawish, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood lectured Robert Baer (Sleeping with the Devil p115) that Jerusalem was not a holy city of Islam. He said:
There are only two holy cities in Islam, Medina and Mecca.
Shawish accused Arafat of having religicized Jerusalem for his political ends. He said:
Arafat is a dog and a liar.
One source of conflict between Arabs and Jews is the Temple Mount in
Jerusalem. The history of the Temple Mount illustrates the Moslem use of holiness to
lay claim to territory and power. Dr. Richard Booker, in his article, The Battle For
Truth (Freeman Center Broadcast 3/21/01 wrote how in 636, the Caliph Omar defeated the
Byzantine Christians at the battle of the Yarmuk River. Jerusalem surrendered to him in
638. Caliph Omar built a small house of prayer near the rock on the site of the destroyed
Jewish Temple. The purpose was to show that Islam had replaced Judaism and Christianity as
the last divine revelation.
Later, the Umayyad Caliph Abd al-Malik, whose capital was in Damascus, built the Dome of the Rock on the same site. Twenty years later, his son, Caliph al-Walid built the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Aqsa is Arabic for furthermost or remotest. As a way of establishing a legitimate claim of Islam over the Temple Mount, this Mosque has been identified as the one from which Muhammed ascended to heaven where he was met by Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and Jesus and received their blessing to become the
last prophet of God. That's quite a miracle not only because Muhammed's second wife, Ayesha, said that on the night Mohammed was supposed to make this night flight, he was sleeping soundly by her side but also because Muhammed died in 632 and the Dome of the Rock was not built until 692.
By identifying the Dome of the rock as the location of the aforementioned miracle, Moslems are laying claim to Jerusalem. In modern times Moslems have resumed construction on the Temple Mount. Israel's Arutz 7 reported on 11/20/01 that Dr. Eilat Mazar, an archaeologist of the Israeli Knesset Education Committee, spoke about Islamic construction on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. She said that the Moslems' goal is even more grandiose than merely building another mosque or even destroying evidence of the Jewish presence on the Temple Mount. She said that the Arab press is full of reports that the plan is to bring "holy water" from Mecca to the Temple Mount cisterns, thus "upgrading" the status of the Temple Mount in Moslem eyes and obviating the need for Moslem worshippers to go to Mecca; they will obtain the same spiritual "value" by visiting the Temple Mount.
These tactics of increasing holiness are a way that the Arabs attempt to gain control of Jerusalem. The source of the conflict over Jerusalem therefore is not that Israel took control of the holy Islamic city of Jerusalem but rather that the Moslems made it holy in order to take over it!
If Israel were gone would the Islamic conflict with the West be over? Obviously not if the reason Islam is fighting Israel is because of the command to fight the infidel. There have been many Moslem leaders who have made it clear that it is the duty of Moslems to fight the West and there are many conflicts in the world between Moslems and non-Jews. There is a lot of violent Islamic intolerance to Christians and other non-Jewish infidels.
David Horowitz in his article Know The Enemy And What he Believes (Frontpagemag.com 6/25/02) wrote a warning that we ignore at our peril:
The war we have joined is defined by three simple but brutal facts. Our enemy is able to penetrate our borders and strike us in our homes; he can strike us with weapons of mass destruction; and he has made clear his intention is not to change our policies or to force our withdrawal, but to obliterate us and destroy our civilization...
Americans wake up! Your enemies hate you for who you are. They hate you because you are democratic, and tolerant and unbelieving. They hate you because you are Christians: "Americas standing with the Christians of the world against the Muslims has stripped the camouflague from its face." And they hate you because you are Hindus and Buddhists and secularists and Jews.
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