“When missiles start hitting Tel Aviv—and this will happen,and people will be killed’—Israel's legitimacy to take action will drastically increase, and our ability to do things that we have not done until today will be much greater.”
—Former Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, who heads the Institute for National Security Studies, at a conference on “Israel's Home Front Preparedness”
“Syria will not use any chemical or other unconventional weapons against its civilians, and will only use them in case of external aggression.”
—Syrian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Jihad Makdissi, Iran’s Press TV
On chemical weapons in Syria falling into the hands of Hizbullah: “I think this is a real problem. Can you imagine Hizbullah—the people who are conducting with Iran all these terror attacks around the world—can you imagine that they would have chemical weapons? It’s like al-Qaeda having chemical weapons. It’s something that is not acceptable to us and not acceptable to the United States and to any peaceable country in the world.”
—Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Fox News
The following quotes illustrate the Muslim Brotherhood’s critical ideologies.
Goal: Islamic world domination—“It should be known that jihad [“struggle,” war with unbelievers in Islam] and preparation for jihad are not only for the purpose of fending-off assaults and attacks against Muslims by Allah's enemies, but are also for the purpose of realizing the great task of establishing an Islamic state, strengthening the religion, and spreading it around the world…”
Means: Jihad, a mandatory religious duty—“The problems of the Islamic world—such as Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, Eritrea, or the Philippines—are not issues of territories and nations, but of faith and religion. They are problems of Islam and the Muslims, and they can be resolved neither by negotiation nor by recognizing the enemy's right to the Islamic land he stole. Rather, the only option is jihad for Allah, and this is why jihad is the way.”
Personal goal: Aspire to Shahada, death for Allah—”Allah is our goal, the Prophet is our leader, the Quran is our constitution, jihad is our way, and death for Allah is our most exalted wish.”
—from Jihad Is the Way by Mustafa Mashhur, translated by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch
”…Right now Iran, continues taking measures to develop military nuclear capabilities. This is a severe problem both locally and globally, which Israel must not ignore…Iran is the only country in the world that is developing nuclear capabilities and that intends to destroy another country.
“The IDF [Israel Defense Forces] is prepared to operate. Laying all the options on the table is not a catchphrase but rather a work plan led by the government's decisions.”
—Lt. Gen. Gantz, IDF Chief of Staff
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei expressed hope that a Palestinian state will be established and that Israel will eventually “disappear from the landscape.”
“…the light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation, and the superfluous and fake Zionist [regime] will disappear from the landscape.”
The supreme leader accused the “Zionists and their supporters” of trying to cause the world to forget the Palestinian issue. “With god's [Allah’s] help—this year, as well the Iranian nation—will punch the faces of the enemies of Islam on al-Quds Day. The Palestinian issue is not a tactical issue for us, but an [important] Islamic principle. We want to save this Islamic state from the oppressive Zionist fingernails.”
—Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on al-Quds Day (or Jerusalem Day in Arab lands, not to be confused with Israel’s Jerusalem Day) when millions rally in support of the Palestinians, from an article by Dudi Cohen, Ynetnews
“Everyone should make an effort so that a possible war with the Zionist regime does not break out, because although the Zionist regime will suffer the hardest, Iran will be damaged…
“An Israeli attack on Iran would be the greatest crime against the Iranian nation…I warn the Zionist regime that if it takes any military action against Iran, it will be playing with gunpowder, and the reaction that it will experience will be such that it will not recover from it…”
—Ayatollah Yousef Sanei, one of the leading interpreters of Muslim law in Iran
Six people were arrested for eating in public during the [Islamic] month of Ramadan. Under Islamic law, eating and drinking is prohibited from sunrise until sunset during the entire month.
Sheikh Ida’is, the chairman of the PA [Palestinian Authority] Supreme Court for Sharia Law [Islamic law], said PA law should prohibit even non-Muslims from eating in public during the month. It should be noted that approximately 10% of Palestinians in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] are Christian.
“We have to monitor the streets and severely punish anyone who [eats] in public during Ramadan, and this is the responsibility of the security forces. Our [Palestinian] streets are Islamic, praise Allah. Any person caught committing this sin in public during Ramadan has to be imprisoned until the end of Ramadan, as an example to others. I call upon others [non-Muslims] to be considerate of Muslims' feelings.” [on PA (Fatah) TV]
—Excerpts of an article by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Palestinian Media Watch
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