Only a Matter of Time: Al Qaeda Leader Says Tel Aviv Is Muslim Land Too


No one makes a liar out of liberals better than a Muslim terrorist.

From the time President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to Monday’s ceremonies marking the official move of the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the American and international left warned the move would inflame Palestinians and Arabs throughout the world.

But in a statement released on the eve of the embassy’s opening, the leader of Al Qaeda made it clear just how wrong they were.

It’s Israel itself, as free nation, that inflames Muslims, terrorist chieftain Ayman al-Zawahiri declared. And it’s Israel itself that must be destroyed.

In a four-minute, 43-second video titled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims,” Zawahiri criticized Muslim countries that have accepted Israel’s borders under any circumstances, Reuters reported.

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“Many have even established public or secret relations with Israel and accepted that Tel Aviv or West Jerusalem be the capital of Israel, even though it is also Muslim land that cannot be ceded to Jews,” Zawahiri said.

As distasteful as Zawahiri’s statement is, it clarifies exactly what’s at stake for Israel in the Middle East, and for the United States, as the Jewish state’s most important ally.

For anti-Israel leftists — whether they’re at the EU headquarters in Brussels or in an anti-Trump mob in the United States — the problem isn’t Arab terrorism. The problem is Israel’s refusal to give up its settlements.

Or Israel’s refusal to give up the gains of the Six-Day War and return all of Jerusalem to Arab control, or make its capital Tel Aviv instead of Jerusalem. Or its refusal to allow generations of Palestinian “refugees” to return to a country their families haven’t lived in for generations in order to destroy it from within.

Do you think peace is even possible between Israel and the Arab countries?

They damn Israel for not doing things not one other country in the world would ever be asked to do.

But as al-Zawahiri’s statement makes clear, there is nothing Israel can do because it’s Israel’s existence itself that is the problem.

The Egyptian-born man, who trained as a doctor before dedicating his life to destroying lives of innocent people, used the video to remind his listeners that his predecessor, the late, lamented Osama Bin Laden, had considered the United States to be “the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad.”

For al-Zawahiri, Trump’s decision on Israel just reinforced that enmity.

He said Trump “was clear and explicit, and he revealed the true face of the modern Crusade, where standing down and appeasement does not work with them, but only resistance through the call and jihad,” according to the Times of Israel.

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In other words, Al Qaeda and its sympathizers are at war with the United States, Israel and any other country that opposes their misbegotten brand of “jihad.”

Niceties like what country Israel proclaims as its capital, or where the United States puts its embassy, might be useful for inflaming the ignorant Palestinian pawns in the Gaza Strip, and they might outrage the even more ignorant liberals on college campuses in the United States or Europe.

But they don’t change the goal of Muslim terror groups like Al Qaeda and their stated goal of destroying Israel. For terrorists like al-Zawahiri, it’s only a matter of time before the Muslim nations drive Israel into the Mediterranean Sea — and wipe out the one country in the region where Arab civilians can live governed by the rule of law instead of murderous dictatorship, where they can be treated like citizens instead of subjects or slaves.

When he made that video Sunday making that clear, al-Zawahiri made a liar out of liberals everywhere.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.