08 January '17..
When Sheikh Ekrima Sabri was still the grand mufti of Jerusalem, he declared to the media that he would prefer that the city remain occupied by Jews rather than become internationalized as part of a peace plan. Sabri said that the Muslims would eventually wrest control over the city away from the Jews, but it would be much harder to liberate it from the hands of the Christians and the Crusaders.
The return of the "Crusader occupation" via its "imperialist spearhead" -- the Jews -- is a shadowy fear that lies in the hearts of radical Islamists. They see the return of Christianity to the city, and certainly the resurrection of the Jews in their historic, promised capital with Christianity's help, as casting doubt on the relevance of the Islamist mission and the "seal of the prophets" doctrine, which, as we know, cancels out its predecessors.
Thus far, they have accepted an arrangement in which Jews are kept away from the city and worshippers at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are subject to two Islamic families who for generations have held the keys to the church and allowed Christians -- before they fled the Middle East -- to open its doors and pray there. The reappearance of the Jewish people and the founding of their state and its capital in Jerusalem changed their world order into an insufferable situation in which the Jews were no longer a religious tribe that wandered, persecuted, throughout the world, the subject of God's eternal wrath, destined to convert to Islam.
The threat of "Jewish crusader-ism" served the fundamental hatred of Jews in Muslim countries, as well as the Arab countries and the Palestinians' political manipulations, especially when they made cynical use of Zionism as a uniting pillar of the Arab Spring. For types like Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and members of the ranks that represent his ideas -- including Sabri, radical Islamist Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, and adviser to the "rais" [president] on religion affairs, Sheikh Mahmoud Al-Habash -- locating Israel's capital in Jerusalem means nothing less than a collapse of peace and a declaration of war on Muslims.
In Arab and Muslim states, no holy city functions as the capital. But re-establishing the capital of Israel in the Holy Land, with the help of world Christianity, via U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his initiative to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, is a nightmare for Islamic extremists. They believe that it will lead to a change in the status of followers of Christianity and Judaism (which came before Islam): from protected minorities under Islamic rule who are destined to disappear or convert to the rulers of the land. This is why the Islamists serve the Palestinian fiction by denying -- in contradiction of the Quran -- any Jewish ties to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, and along the way, denying the legitimacy of Christianity, whose founder operated in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. It's interesting how the Islamist motivation that objects to the resurrection of the Jews in their own country is similar to that of certain branches of Catholicism which, for their own reasons, are willing to accept Islamic rule over holy places, just so they won't have to acknowledge the return of Jews to Israel and Jerusalem.
At this historic crossroads, our friend U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is once again "worried" about us more than we are worried about ourselves. He is "disturbed" at the legality of Trump's promise, the problem of sovereignty, the Jewish character of Israel, and the danger of it setting off a regional explosion. Lacking a sense of history and any vision for the future, Kerry doesn't see the weakness and the need in the crumbling Arab world; doesn't recognize how marginal the Palestinian problem is and how pathetic its claims are; and doesn't understand that, in any case, if the Arabs could get rid of us, they'd have done so long ago. As it is said: May God protect me from my friends; I can defend myself against my enemies.
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