Either that, or Arab Gulf States are so panicked over the Iranian threat, that they are now defending the Jewish state. Prominent Saudi Cleric, Dr. Muhammad bin abdel-Kareem Al-Issa (below), denounces violence against Israeli as “unIslamic.”
UnitedwithIsrael A former Saudi minister and prominent Muslim cleric has stated that there can be no justification for any religious-motivated violence, even against Israel.
Dr. Muhammad bin abdel-Kareem Al-Issa, the former Saudi justice minister and senior adviser to the Saudi king, stated that “any act of violence or terrorism that tries to hide behind religion has no justification whatsoever, not even in Israel,” Israel’s Maarivnewspaper reported Tuesday.
Al-Issa currently serves as the secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League, and is reportedly close to the Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman.
Al-Issa has been vocally supportive of the reforms pushed by Bin Salman in his move to “fight extremist Islam.” In a talk given before the Diplomatic Academy, he reiterated his country’s commitment to fighting terrorism and those that use religion to serve their own agenda, the Alaraby reported Wednesday.
Speaking in October at the at a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia, Bin Salman stated that “we want to go back to what we were: moderate Islam.”
The heir to the throne stated the kingdom will work to defeat extremist ideas and ensure that young Saudis live in harmony with the rest of the world. “We will eradicate the remnants of extremism very soon… We represent the moderate teachings and principles of Islam,” he stated.
When asked by Maariv about acts of violence in Israel or against Jewish communities around the world that are framed as part of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Al-Issa replied, “any act of violence or terrorism that tries to hide behind religion is unacceptable. Islam cannot be tied to politics, it is a religion of love, tolerance and respecting the other”.
Al-Issa added that conferences are being organized in the United States with various Jewish communities, and Saudi Arabia is keen on establishing friendly relationships. The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, issued a surprising religious ruling, saying that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas is a “terror organization.”
In a Kuwaiti TV interview that prompts angry Arab response, Abdullah Al-Hadlaq praises Israeli culture and values, calls for alliance with Jewish state against common enemies. Citing the quran, he says Israel ‘a legitimate state,’ not an occupier.
Times of Israel In a rare public move, a Kuwaiti writer has urged Arab recognition of the State of Israel as a legitimate, “independent sovereign state,” and Israelis as a people with a right to their land. In an interview to Kuwait’s Alrai TV channel on Sunday, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, Abdullah Al-Hadlaq said “there is no occupation. There is a people returning to its promised land.”
Al-Hadlaq’s comments elicited a backlash on Arabic websites and on social media, where commentators variously labeled him a “fool,” a “traitor,” and a Zionist agent. Comments to a Facebook post with the Alrai video were laden with expletives.
In the interview, Al-Hadlaq expressed admiration for the Jewish state and its values. He called for a rejection of the prominent regional narrative that Israel was “plundered” from the Arabs, describing this as an outdated mentality.
“When the State of Israel was established in 1948, there was no state called ‘Palestine,’” he said. “Like it or not, Israel is an independent sovereign state,” Al-Hadlaq said. “Most peace-loving and democratic nations recognize it. The group of states that do not recognize Israel are the countries of tyranny and oppression.”
Al-Hadlaq cited Quranic verses as proof that “Israelites have the right to the Holy Land. Allah assigned that land to them, and they did not plunder it. “The history of the Israelites is ancient, predating Islam. Therefore we Muslims must acknowledge that the Israelites have a right to that land, and that they have not plundered it,” he said.
Finally, Al-Hadlaq called for cooperation with Israel against common enemies such as Iran and its allies. “Why shouldn’t we live in peaceful coexistence with Israel and cooperate with it?” he asked. He suggested a three-way alliance between Israel, the US and Gulf states to “annihilate Hezbollah beyond resurrection.”