Saudi Grand Mufti Calls for Peace with Israel, Denounces Hamas
File this one under “nearly missed news.” Apparently, Saudi is continuing to move away from radical Wahabbism. Are we looking at a major success of Trump diplomacy here?
An Israeli minister on Monday welcomed remarks by a mufti of Saudi Arabia that Palestinian resistance group Hamas is a terror organization.
“We congratulate Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, as well as the head of Ulema (Islamic scholars) for his fatwa forbidding the fight against the Jews and forbidding to kill them,” Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara wrote on his official Twitter account.
The minister also welcomed the mufti’s remarks in which he considered Hamas a terror organization, adding “I invite the mufti to visit Israel; he will be welcomed with a high level of respect.”
Earlier, the mufti said while answering a question on a television program that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and said Hamas was a “terror organization” in reply to a question regarding last July’s anger across the Israeli-occupied West Bank when Israel shut Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is venerated by Muslims and Jews, following a deadly shootout.
I hope the Saudi king and crown prince are watching their backs. If they didn’t already have a lot of people out for their blood and eager to make them the “next Sadat,” they do now. Let’s hope they win this power struggle.