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Would a Palestinian State Bring Peace?

"They would have been enemies even if they did not occupy a thing. Allah said: ‘You shall find the strongest men in enmity to the disbelievers to be the Jews and the polytheists.’” — Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub

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Robert Spencer

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November 21, 2012 - 10:22 pm
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The quotation is from the Qur’an (9:30). Ya’qoub explicitly rules out what is conventional wisdom in the U.S.: that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Muslims is simply over land, and can ultimately be resolved if only the right formula could be found. He goes even farther, saying that if all the Jews left “Palestine,” Muslims should still hate them, because it is their responsibility before Allah to do so. “It is Allah,” continued Ya’qoub, “who said that they are infidels. Your belief regarding the Jews should be, first, that they are infidels, and second, that they are enemies. They are enemies not because they occupied Palestine. They would have been enemies even if they did not occupy a thing. Allah said: ‘You shall find the strongest men in enmity to the disbelievers [sic] to be the Jews and the polytheists.’”

That also is a passage from the Qur’an (5:82). Then there was Muhammad Hussein, the mufti of the Palestinian Authority. In January 2012, Hussein quoted the notorious genocidal hadith in which Muhammad says that the end times will be initiated by Muslims killing Jews in large numbers: “The reliable Hadith,” noted Hussein, “in the two reliable collections, Bukhari and Muslim, says: ‘The Hour will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: “Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”’”

The imperative to hate and kill Jews is thus based on core texts of Islam – not dusty texts that no one has consulted for centuries and that everyone has forgotten about, but key passages of the Qur’an and the teachings of Muhammad that Muslim authorities (including many more than just the two quoted above) have cited numerous times in recent years. It is not primarily based on resentment, real or trumped-up over the alleged actions of or even the existence of Israel.

These are obvious facts to anyone who studies the depth and breadth of Islamic anti-Semitism, but they elude our governing authorities and the mainstream media due to their unshakeable determination to ignore anything that connects the Islamic religion to violence and hate, despite the open willingness and even eagerness of Muslim spokesmen like Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub and Muhammad Hussein to do so.

As long as this willful blindness continues, both Democrats and Republicans will continue to offer solutions that won’t solve anything, and will only make matters worse. The “two-state solution” is foremost among them. As the jihadist rockets once again rain down on Israel, it’s time to abandon it forever.

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Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.
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