In this Arabic-language report, al-Sadr says: “Ø§Ù„ÙŠÙ‡ÙˆØ¯ Ù‡Ù… Ø£Ø´Ø¯ Ø§Ù„Ù†Ø§Ø³ Ø¹Ø¯Ø§ÙˆØ© Ù„Ù„Ø°ÙŠÙ† Ø¢Ù…Ù†ÙˆØ§ Ø¨Ù†Øµ Ø§Ù„Ù‚Ø±Ø¢Ù†” — “The Jews are the most hostile to those who believe the text of the Qur’an.” This is from Qur’an 5:82: ” Thou wilt surely find the most hostile of men to the believers are the Jews…”
He thus grounds his opposition to Egypt’s reopening of its embassy in Israel in Islamic theology. For al-Sadr and other Islamic supremacists, the Israel/”Palestinian” conflict is not a dispute over land that can be resolved by negotiations; it is an eschatological struggle with the those whom Allah has designated as the foremost enemies of the believers. Western analysts refuse to understand this or consider its implications, and so continue to misdiagnose the problem and suggest remedies that will not heal the patient.
–˜Reopening Egypt’s embassy in Israel disgrace to Islamists: Moqtada al- Sadr,” from Al-Arabiya, October 20 (thanks to Lachlan):
The Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged the Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi not to reopen the Egyptian embassy in Israel, considering the move as disgraceful to Egypt as well as to Islamists.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Sadr advised Mursi to “refrain from reopening the Egyptian embassy in Israel” adding that “one can never trust Israel, neither by good words or by politics.”
He said opening an embassy in the Jewish state “will harm Egypt and the reputation of the Islamists in the same time.”
While there is no specific timing of Sadr’s statement but Mursi’s letter to his “great friend,” the Israeli President Shimon Perez, dated on July 19th, made headlines in the Arab press.
Mursi’s letter, which was published recently by Israeli media and reproduced by Egyptian media, was about the appointment of the ambassador Atef Salem Al-Ahl, as Egypt’s ambassador extraordinary to Israel.
Egypt’s new ambassador to Israel, who formally assumed his post on Wednesday, said his country”s new Islamist government remains committed to peace with the Jewish state, The Associated Press reported.
Israel and Egypt signed a historic peace agreement in 1979 that has since been the bedrock of relations between the countries, but ties have grown tense since longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak – a steadfast supporter of the treaty – was ousted in a popular uprising last year and Mursi was elected his successor in June.
Presenting his credentials Wednesday, Ahl told Israeli President Shimon Peres that Egypt is “committed to all the agreements we signed with Israel and we are also committed to the peace treaty with Israel.”
Jordan’s new ambassador to Israel, Walid Obeidat, also on Wednesday officially took up his post, which had been vacant for two years despite diplomatic relations between the countries since 1994.
Egypt and Jordan are the only two Arab countries to have peace treaties with Israel. The agreements are widely unpopular in both Arab countries because of Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians. A large part of the Jordanian population is of Palestinian origin….