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Netanyahu Says Stance on Security Requirements Has Become ‘Firmer’ — ‘We Don’t Just Hand Over Territory, Close Our Eyes and Hope for the Best’ (INTERVIEW)

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Following the summer’s conflict between Israel and Hamas, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared, in a wide-ranging interview with The Algemeiner, that his long held position that the Jewish state will not transfer any territory to the Palestinian Authority in the absence of extensive security arrangements has “only become firmer.”

He also asserted that the possibility that any peace agreement with the PA might unravel is justification for his strong stance on security.

I met Netanyahu last Wednesday evening at an upscale New York City hotel shortly after he reiterated support for “two states for two peoples” in a meeting with President Obama at the White House.

“We don’t just hand over territory, close our eyes and hope for the best,” the prime minister said, in response to my question about whether the creation of a Palestinian state would serve Israel’s interests, considering that a recent Anti-Defamation League poll found that anti-Semitic sentiment in the Palestinian territories is higher than anywhere else in the world.

My conversation with Netanyahu took place only a few hours after the PA submitted a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council calling for the body to demand an Israeli withdrawal from all territory situated beyond the “Green Line” by November 2016.

Additionally, the Obama Administration had just issued its harshest condemnation yet of Israeli citizens moving into properties in areas of Jerusalem with significant or majority Arab populations and of building plans for the Givat Hamatos neighborhood.

Netanyahu’s comments highlighted just how distant his understanding of what “peace” might look like is from that of President Obama. Prior statements from the president and the administration’s insistence on condemning any Israeli building activities beyond the Green Line indicate a general endorsement of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s claim to the entire West Bank and eastern Jerusalem. Netanyahu however, sees territory as crucial to security and views past withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza with immense skepticism.

The prime minister’s stance also strikes a chord with the Israeli public, 55 percent of whom rated as “good” or “very good” his defiant tone at the United Nations and his subsequent robust response to the criticism from the White House.

For Netanyahu, standing up to the US president clearly boosts his political fortunes at home.


Netanyahu’s meeting with Obama was the first since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge dominated international headlines throughout a summer during which the US was uncharacteristically among Israel’s harsh critics. In our interview, the prime minister addressed the extreme scrutiny faced by the Israel Defense Forces, saying that the Jewish state’s army is held to a unique standard, “because old traditions die hard, and anti-Semitism is a very old tradition.”

On the issue of global anti-Jewish sentiment, which skyrocketed during the 50-day war, Netanyahu asserted that “there is no future for the Jewish people without the Jewish state.” When I asked if he sometimes feels like the prime minister of the Jewish people as well as the state of Israel, he answered, “of course I feel that way.”

Before departing for the US, Netanyahu had promised to “tell the truth of the citizens of Israel to the whole world,” as a response to “the deceitful speech of the Iranian president and [PA President Mahmoud] Abbas’s inciteful words.” Two days before our interview, he delivered at the United Nations General Assembly a blistering speech on the dangers of militant Islam, highlighting the common beliefs that connect the Islamic State to Iran and Israel’s nearest enemies, Hamas and Hezbollah. In our talk he re-iterated some of the themes from the UN address.

Finding “a more sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians” was high on President Obama’s agenda on Wednesday. However, both in his UN talk and in dialogue with the president, Netanyahu seemed to be most concerned with efforts towards “preventing Iran from becoming a military nuclear power.”

The full Algemeiner interview with Prime Minister Netanyahu follows:

Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu at an interview on Wednesday. Photo: PMO.

DOVID EFUNE: Recently, I interviewed a soldier who was wounded during Operation Protective Edge. He told me that in battle, he fought on behalf of all Jewish people. When you spoke at the United Nations you addressed global anti-Semitism. Do you sometimes feel like you are the prime minister of the Jewish people as well as Israel?

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Well, Israel is the state of the Jewish people. There is no future for the Jewish people without the Jewish state and that’s why we have to protect it and defend it, and sometimes at terrible cost. But, of course I feel that way.

It’s not only that our soldiers defend the Jewish state for the Jewish people on the battlefield. We also have to defend it in the battlefield of public opinion, in the great battle for truth. In fact, when I first came to the UN and spoke to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, that’s what he told me. He said, ‘you’re going to a house of darkness.’ He said, ‘light a candle of truth and the light will be seen wide and far,’ and I’ve always tried to follow that, just to speak the truth, unvarnished, and I think that’s what I tried to do the other day at the UN as well.

EFUNE: So when you look around Europe, and it was something you addressed specifically, people shouting ‘Jews to the gas,’ a recent poll in England showing that 63 percent of Jews have considered leaving, similar patterns in France, do you believe that there is a future for Jews in Europe?

NETANYAHU: I think that the future of the Jewish people is intimately tied to the future of the Jewish state, and any Jew who feels that he wants to be in a place where he will be absolutely welcome, has the option and the privilege of going to Israel. This doesn’t mean that any one of us absolves the anti-Semities, and I appreciate in particular the fact that leaders of the European parliaments spoke out very strongly against this modern anti-Semitism, and I think that’s very important. But the Jews should always know they have a home in Israel.

EFUNE: Do you foresee a scenario where most of Europe’s Jews will end up in Israel?

NETANYAHU: I think that they can exercise a privilege that wasn’t available to, in some cases, their parents, in some cases their grandparents, and that is that there is a Jewish state that embraces them and calls them to make aliyah and come home.

EFUNE: Moving on to a different subject, why do you think it is that the IDF is the most scrutinized army in the world?

NETANYAHU: Well, there is a triple standard when it comes to Israel. There is a standard for dictatorships, there is a standard for democracies, and there is still a third standard for the democracy called Israel. Why is that the case? Because old traditions die hard, and anti-Semitism is a very old tradition. And just as the Jews were maligned, scrutinized, and vilified, and people attributed to us these horrible actions that had nothing to do with reality, the same is true now. What was true of the Jewish people is now true unfortunately of the Jewish state.

EFUNE: You have said ISIS is Hamas, Hamas is ISIS. They are branches of the same poisonous tree…

NETANYAHU: …That’s right…

EFUNE: After meeting today with President Obama, do you feel that he shares this view of the world and the challenges that you’re dealing with?

NETANYAHU: Well, I think he understands fully well that Hamas is a terrorist organization committed to Israel’s destruction. The point I made at the UN was that Hamas and ISIS share fanatic methods. It’s true that ISIS beheads people, and Hamas executed dozens of Palestinians in the recent conflict by putting a bullet in their head but you know, for the victims and their families, the horrors are the same.

But they also share a fanatic ideology. Ever increasing enclaves, expanding enclaves of militant Islam, and their goal ultimately is not merely to dominate the Middle East but to dominate the world, and these people are very dangerous. I didn’t say that they’re twins, there are core differences, they’re brothers, or, as I said, branches of the same poisonous tree of militant Islam. I believe that anyone observing the facts understands this.

EFUNE: Today, you reiterated support for two states for two peoples. A recent poll on anti-Semitic attitudes around the world, conducted by the Anti-Defamation League, found that the most anti-Semitic territories on the planet are the Palestinian controlled regions where 93 percent hold anti-Semitic views, not just anti-Israeli. How is a two state solution feasible in that kind of climate?

NETANYAHU: Well you have to have certain things accompanying it, otherwise it can’t come into being. The first thing is that they have to recognize the Jewish state. They can’t ask us to recognize the Palestinian state and not recognize the Jewish state, the nation state of the Jewish people.

EFUNE: That’s tied to the anti-Semitism?

NETANYAHU: First of all, there can’t be peace without it. Secondly, even if we had that — the Palestinian leadership actually gave up the right of return, recognized the right of the Jews to a state of their own — it still may take a long time to percolate, and we have to allow for the fact that it might not percolate. That’s why we need very robust security arrangements both to protect the peace and protect Israel if the peace unravels.

So these are some of the things that have to precede any two states, for two people solution and I’ve been very clear about that. Not only have I been clear, I think that I’ve been borne out by what has happened in Gaza. We don’t just hand over territory, close our eyes and hope for the best. We did that in Lebanon and we got thousands of rockets. We did that in Gaza, we got Hamas and 15,000 rockets. So we’re not gonna just replicate that. We want to see genuine recognition of the Jewish state and rock solid security arrangements on the ground. That’s the position I’ve held, and it’s only become firmer.

The author is the Editor-in-Chief of The Algemeiner and director of the GJCF. He can be e-mailed at

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  • Anti-Semitism has become a fashion for those who cannot reason and have no truth in them. In my heart, I do not think for a moment that the Palestinians would ever accept the fact that Israel, Jews, have the RIGHT TO LIVE. And, there will be no peace between the Jews, the world at large, as far as far as the cult, Islam, is in place. It is a religion that thrives in bloodshed, lies, envy, Satanism and terror.

    The only solution will be for the Arab countries to absorb the so called Palestinians. They are predominantly Muslims and they can live in peace with each other, Mr Hussein Obama (I prefer to call him a Political Jihadist) knows the truth but cannot accept it. Unfortunately, there are too many people out there who are just like him.

  • Shoshana Rubin

    Outstanding interview! Bibi is the only non-Muslim leader who understands Islamic killers. However, Bibi is a bit soft on the PLO Muslims living in Judea & Samaria.

    There are 78 Islamic-majority nations in the world and two Islamic-majority territories: Kashmir and Palistine. Bibi should simply tell those PLO Muslims that if they’re so unhappy living within Israel, they should move to any of the 78 Islamic-majority nations.

    The PLO Muslims will never move because no Islamic nation wants those troublemakers and terrorists, according to Islamic media. And the PLO Muslims are paid quite handsomely by the EU to continue their vicious anti-Semitism. Therefore, the PLO Muslims have no incentive to change unless Bibi tells them to make peace with our Jewish Nation or move.

    • Thank you; that’s a heart-warming truth. Yes, we need to tell it as it is.

    • Eyal

      I cant believe that american jews are so naive to believe this crook, i always believed american jews have more brains. how easy you’ve being played by this idiot. shame on you american jews!! israeli people can’t depend on you, you’re not to be trusted!

  • I know that if you are reading my coment which comes at the very end, that means you have a lot of free time. Anyway, I just wanted to say that Netanyahu lost a good diplomatic chance to explaining Israel´s point of view in the proper way. On the other hand, I believe the President should be supported against Panetta and all those traitors at this hour. Netanyahu´s remarks, at best, came at the wrong time.

    • Emanuel

      You are alone pal.

    • Shoshana Rubin

      Very alone……as in solitary.

    • I do not have a lot of free time….I am actually very busy….business owner, mother, etc. Anyway, I make time for issues regarding Israel because of it’s importance to me and to those Jews who come after me.

      • Eyal

        Carol, so, why you’re not there to physically help the israeli people to survive the Bibi times? its so fun to support israel from america and send poor israeli kids to die for your peace of mind.

        What a great jews we have in america! with a friends like this, who needs an enemies. let’s see if you or your kids can survive one month in israel?!

  • Matt

    NCS, supporters of Israel should endorse it by promoting the idea that a “Palestinian State” can become a reality in an area that includes what is now Gaza combined with additional land from the Sinai that can adequately accommodate the West Bank.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Thank you Rabbi Dovid and Mr. Netanyahu for a straightforward, truthful appraisal of the current situation facing Israel’s security concerns and concomitant relations with the Palestinians.

  • Marc Simchowitz

    What we need is another Sadat moment. Unfortunately an Israeli version would fall on deaf ears. An Arab one would have a chance

  • Jim

    The BBC is often criticised for anti-Israeli comments. I have n’t seen anything in Jewish newspapers to compare with this BBC report.

    • Marc Simchowitz

      Not hard to find if you read Israeli papers. Haaretz is a good place to start

  • Richard Wahl

    I found this article very interesting, I wish President Obama and his government would read it. Our government should act more like an ally to Israel and stop supporting the terrorist governments they say they are fighting. How would President Obama feel if Mexico told us where we could live in Texas or New Mexico. We have enough problems here at home, our government needs to stay out of other countries business. George Washington our first and best president warned his people to stay out of foreign affairs, we still don’t listen to him.

  • Jonah

    And the Angels are singing in heaven. A strong beam of light has penetrated the darkness.

  • boniface

    Well done mr Efume,go on.

  • : MR. PRESIDENT. Why did you not mention Iran in your speech at the U.N. Open your eyes and see that without boots on the ground Isis is winning. You were never in the military and do not understand combat. I am a Rabbi of a small congregation and do not have rich congregants. I ask that this you tube go viral. SO FAR THERE ARE ALMOST 6000 HITS. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I HAVE OF CONVINCING YOU.


    Video of Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg SAYS: President Obama, You Have Some Nerve:.

    Video is on

    Another holocaust is possible. If it happened once it can happen again. Thank G-d we have Israel. We need to do everything possible to keep Israel militarily strong. Jews get out of Europe. There can be no compromise regarding Israel nor can we depend on the good will of others. This unfortunately is a lesson that many Jews have never learned. Never forget, never forgive never again. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg
    MR. PRESIDENT. Why did you not mention Iran in your speech at the U.N.

    ISIS is a diversion. Iran is our major threat. Throughout history horrible atrocities including cutting off heads has been committed. This is not something we have never seen. Remember the NAZIS and never forget.

    • Personally Muslim Cleric Barry Hussein Obama is no president; he was a supper sleeper-cell who lied his into a highest political office in the US to conduct jihad on America and it’s allies. He is a political jihadist. He was able to deliver an American spy plane to Iran without public outcry. He has no intention of getting rid of ISIS/ISIL because he “secretly” supports them to the tooth. Turkey, on the other hand, openly supports them. ISIS/ISIL’s supporters see the group as a replacement of the Ottoman Empire of old, and the only who can make their “prophet” Muhammad’s commandment come true. They must dominate the world by any means. Please do not forget, I do not mean to touch raw nerves here, but According to BROTHERRACHID ( Islam’s lProphet Muhammad beheaded between 600-900 adult male Jews in the tribe of Banu Kurayza in one day/ Beheading is commanded in the satanic book, Qur’an in sura 47, the 4th verse. It says, “When ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks.” (Ironically, the sura is called the Sura of Muhammad). Killing prisoners is also an order from Allah to Muhammad and to all Muslims. It says, “it is not for a prophet to have captives [of war] until he inflicts a massacre [upon Allah’s enemies] in the land” (Quran 8:67). And by the way, three of Muhammad’s wives were Jewish girls he kidnapped from his raids on religious minorities, just as ISIL is doing today. You my also look at the truth comming from Mr Walid Shoebat-Islam Prophesied in th Bible 1 and more at: The world must wake up to real dangers facing us today and days to come. The Jewish nation-state, Israel, is not the nation at risk from Islam; it is just a matter of time.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    I like “Bibi” courage and understanding of the Islamic treat by Hamas. Keeping the line: to had the Jews state recognise fist by Palestinian’s before their recognition is the minimum requirement.
    In my view,the world anti Semitism had increase with the financial-economical downturn and pour welfare:Jews are the old scape goat to use for all the bad thing.
    The western media is not enough supporting Israel and that is a war the Jews must win.
    Another aspect that “Bibi” had ignore but is important is for Jews the need to respect more the enemy: Palestinian’s Muslim’s can be trust or not?
    The arrogance or hatred Jews-Palestinian’s need to be defuse with negotiation intended to improved the two part reciprocal respect. No peace can be archive if not both are accepting the challenge to understand the enemy human right and respect.

  • Julian Clovelley

    I am English born but I live in Australia as a migrant. Australia is neither England nor an extension of it. Indeed the remaining political connections through the Queen as head of state are very much questioned in modern Australia. I do not see the possession of the same language, and the inheritance of the same culture and religious denominations as defining some sort of a tribe of the English speaking peoples – a single tribe composed of a mixture of “racial” backgrounds.

    As a result of the fact that a common language is an enormous aid to communication, I have always encouraged non English speaking people to join the English speaking community, be an integral part of it. There are no barriers of “race” or religion. Were it otherwise – and there was a time when the “brotherhood of the English speaking peoples” was thought to be an ideal – then what we would have would be something approaching the reality of Zionism – an artifically created unity forged out of a religious and a political culture, utilising a highly questionable concept of unique genealogy and a distorted history.

    In truth we are all intermingled – Ancestry is shared by all of us – no group is unique. It is in this that I see Netanyahu as making his error. It is about identity. He is following a Zionist credo that Israeli is congruent with Jewish, and that some form of “reverse imperialism” can create it as the centre of Judaism. To do this requires the religious myth of common origin – ignoring the role of millenia of input through conversion, and of dispersal through assimilation. We are all related.

    The Zionist concept of Jewishness – of the Jewish people – is an artifact. Neither within people who label themselves “Jewish” , nor amongst the “gentile” peoples is there general acceptance of this credo that Zionism seeks to pretend can be taken for granted, as representing political and historical reality. Part of this pretence has been to try to evolve “a homeland for the Jewish people” into a “Jewish State”. That is where Netanyahu is so hopelessly wrong – he has lost – or never had – the concept of “Israeli” – a concept that properly recognises on an equal basis ALL peoples within the territory – currently expanded to include Occupied and Blockaded land. He does not have as an ideal the concept of compromise and reconciliation – his end station is not an integrated society, rather it is a permanently divided society, in which Jerusalem is not only the capital of Israel, but the capital of a worldwide Jewish “continent”

    I am sorry but no Nazi could have created a more malignant concept of Jewishness – This is the totally imaginery “international conspiracy” that malignant and genocidal antisemitic forces sought to create as a concept, and here is Netanyahu’s Zionism doing their work for them. This is an ideal that leads to belief in an internationally financed “Greater Israel” – and which, in enforcing Judaic dominance, could only result in an apartheid state that the world has already made crystal clear it will not tolerate.

    I don’t believe either Jewish people or Israelis are like that. I think that awful circumstances have made a religion containing a myth of origins with very little actual historical reality, take a disastrously wrong and dangerous path. I think many Jewish academic writers also realise that it really all comes down to a question of identity and that the very existence of the State of Israel demands that the question of identity be answered

    If I were to give Nr Netyanyahu – a man for whom I have great respect – one message, it would be that the question of identity CANNOT be answered by either clinging to – or inventing – a fiction. There is no Jewish history separated from world history – there is no “Jewish Gene”. These are religious and political phantasms that Zionism in its desperation to deal with East European prejudice enhanced, against the wisdom of wiser minds.

    It is all invention – all of the world’s cultures are inventions – they are what some call “the finger that points at the moon”. In truth the real horror of the present is that we are all fighting over NOTHING, and need to stop. The world is afflicted by a state of mental illness rooted in a dysfunctional and violent past. It is that neurotic and psychotic mental state that is at the core of conflict. The world is ill, desperately ill.

    The real question for humanity is how do we walk away from ALL of it, and not repeat or continue the errors of an undeveloped mind and a primitive consciousness that are emebedded so deeply in our tribal mythologies and our neuroses – but nevertheless aren’t “real”.

    That is the mission we really need to turn our minds to. That is the area of thinking that should be being awarded the Nobel Prizes and academic accolades. But so many of these – the most important people in the search for reconciliation, stability, and peace – find themselves abused into becoming personally threatened and defamed voices in the wilderness.

    Listen to those voice Bibi – they are telling you what you need to know. What we all need to understand. They are the light at the end of a very long tunnel that stretches back to the sands of Egypt, and beyond, to our common origin in Africa.

  • Straightshooter

    Right on, Bibi!

  • Larry A. Singleton

    I don’t submit these because I think the titles look neat. I’ve read everything I’ve ever posted. I print these articles out and attack them with pen and high-lighter. I STUDY the issues unlike the Liberals who have no response to these resources when I post them. I’m fond of saying to them and their inevitable name calling: “You never attack me on the facts or the issues; you just attack me.”

    Right of Return III 7-3-14

    Read The Haj by Leon Uris and Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabrielle

    Israel Palestine: Who’s Indigenous? by Ryan Bellerose (Israellycool) 1-9-14

    BDS: The Attempt to Strangle Israel (You Tube)

    Fact Sheets: The Palestinian “Right of Return” (Jewish Virtual Library)

    The “Right of Return” Is Suicide for Israel by Jonathan Schanzer (MEF)

    The History of the Middle East Conflict in 11 Minutes (You Tube)

    “Letter to the Editor” International Herald Tribune, July 1, 2003 by Giulia Boukhobza (Also in Bostom’s “Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism” book: Chapter 68, page 677: “A Libyan Jew Breaks Her Silence 36 yrs after surviving the 67 Tripolitan Pogrom”)
    Congressional Record

    Historical Facts and Figures: the Forgotten Jewish Refugees from Arab Countries (UN Economic and Social Council/Commission on Human Rights)

    Jews Displaced from Arab Countries: A Story of Collusion (pdf)
    (See p-4 “Exhibit E”!) (Justice for Jews)

    A japanese View of the Palestinians by Yashiko Sagamori

    The Forgotten Refugees: An exchange of populations by David G. Littman (Dhimmitude)

    The Forgotten Refugees – Full Documentary Movie-You Tube

    Original 1948 NYT article: “Jews in Danger in all Moslem Lands” by Mallory Browne (hirhome)

    Expulsion of the Jews from Muslim Countries 1920-1970 by Prof. Shmuel Trigano (

    “Egyptian Emigres in the Levant of the 19th & 20th Centuries” by Prof. Gideon M. Kressel and Dr. Reuven Aharoni

    How Many Palestinian Arab Refugees Were There? by Efraim Karsh (MEF)

    Are the Negev Bedouin an Indigenous People? Fabricating Palestinian History by Havatzelet Yahel, Ruth Kark, and Seth J. Frantzman MEQ

    The Smoking Gun: Arab Immigration into Palestine, 1922-1931 by Fred M. Gottheil (MEQ)

    Rewriting Israel’s History by Efraim Karsh (MEQ)

    The Prophet Muhammad’s ‘Night Journey’ was Not to Jerusalem but to Medina by Ahmad Muhammad ‘Arafa

    “From Time Immemorial” with Joan Peters, Part 1 & 2 (Zola Levitt Ministries)

    “From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict Over Palestine” Book Review by Daniel Pipes
    Special Note: Read Chapter 17 “Muftiism” and Britain’s Contribution to the “Final Solution”

    A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Glbal Jiahd by Rober S. Wistrich

    Founding National Myths Fabricating Palestinian History by David Bukay

    Palestinians, Jebusites, and Evangelicals by David Wenkel Middle East Quarterly

    Why Israel is the Victim by David Horowitz (Front Page Mag.)

    The 4th Conference of the Academy of Islamic Research: Arab Theologians on Jews and Israel. Sept. 1968 Translated by D.F. Green (Support Secure Freedom)Front to back; 95 pages of outrageous lies and vile Jew-Hatred.
    You will, literally, not believe your eyes as you read this outrageous document. I mean it is jaw-droppingly un-believable. Truly an example of “you have to see it to believe it”.

    Islamists Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Christians by Raymond Ibrahim

    Muslims Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Israel and the Jews by Raymond Ibrahim

  • Larry A. Singleton

    “An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last. Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance.” Winston Churchill

    “What the horn is to the rhinoceros, what the sting is to the wasp, the Mohammedan faith is to the Arabs of the Sudan-a faculty of offence. All the warlike operations of Mohammedan peoples are characterised by fanatacism” Winston Churchill

    “While Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsees and Jews, along with several million adherents of an animistic religion, all coexisted in relative harmony, one religion that would not accept compromise stood out from the rest: Islam.” Mahatma Gandhi

    “we may describe it, (jihad), as a surgeon’s lancet and not a butcher’s knife.” Mahmoud Mohammed Taha (I’m sure there are about 200 million dead people that would disagree with him. And this from the guy who’s been called the Mahatma Ghandi of Islam.)

    About two years ago I ordered some reading material, including Taha’s “Second Message”, and a “study” Koran to find out what this “Islam thing” was all about. When I was sixteen I was chanting nam yo ho renge kyo to a piece of paper, (gahonzen?), having NO idea what I was doing. A few years later, hair down to my ass and a knapsack on my back, I hitchhiked cross country, got saved in Nashville Tenn. and went to live on a Christian farm in Mansfield Ohio. (Not the prison.) My gra’mom called me a “seeker”. As I said, there came a time when I wanted to understand this “religion of peace”. It was Humaid’s article on jihad I found in my Summarized Bukhari that decided “things” for me.

    If Islam is the “religion of peace”, where in Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid’s article on jihad can I find the equivalent of “Love Thy Neighbor” and “good will toward men”? And explain its prominence, and significance almost as an “Introduction”, in a book that’s described as “the most authentic and true among the books of the Prophet”: My Summarized Sahih Al-Bukhari. Also address “jihad” as it’s defined in Reliance of the Traveller and answer the same question. (Chapter O-9.0: Jihad O: “Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.” And explain why the “greater” jihad is only mentioned once here and never seen again in this “Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law”.)

    Compare Humaid’s “jihad” and Emmet Fox’ Sermon on the Mount and tell me which one best represents a spirit of Love and “compassion”.

    (A book I just happened to have finished when this book came in the mail.) And, again, tell me, why;

    Why, out of all the articles, out of all the words of pearly Muslim wisdom they could have put in this, “the most authentic and true among the books of the Prophet”, this is the one they chose to submit and use almost as an Introduction?

    Including….! Chapters following this one on “Shirking” and “Polytheism and Disbelief: the greatest sin against Allah”.

    I should mention as a resource this is one of the worst I’ve ever seen. No Index. The verses don’t match those quoted from the original. And the publishers themselves can’t even explain it.

    Lastly; would you pick Sheikh bin Humaid to sit on a Human Rights Commission? (That’s a trick question by the way.)

    Maybe you can throw in an explanation of the Jews are “monkeys, pigs and rats” on page 656 and the part where Mo says, “if somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him” on page 613 in the chapter on Jihad.

    Also, explain why Humaid’s “jihad” shouldn’t be “Exhibit A” in refuting the “religion of peace” claim.

    I’ve posted this many times to many Muslims and have yet to get a single response. Well, I did receive a response from some goofball named “Dr.” Mohsen El-Guindy asking me to read his books. Instead I downloaded a bunch of his articles. Which were pure rants. An Imam, sidestepped it by telling me I had to “study Islam” to gain a greater understanding. To this day I can’t get a response from the publishers of the Summarized Bukhari regarding the lack of Index or where I can find info that straightens out the pathetic inconsistancies in this book; The verses quoted online don’t match those in the book. Or anybody else for that matter.

    Jihad in the Qur’an and Sunnah by ‘Abdullâh bin Muhammad bin Humaid

    or: (Google it it’s easy to find)'an%20And%20Sunnah.pdf

    I’m submitting something else to this. It took me over a month to read through this because I couldn’t read hardly a page without getting really pissed off. There is no religion on the planet that inspires the kind of anger and pure hate that Islam does when I read stuff like the following. Front to back, all 95 plus pages of nothing but Jew-Hatred and the most vile lies. I dare you to read it….if you can stomach it.

    The 4th Conference of the Academy of Islamic Research: Arab Theologians on Jews and Israel. Sept. 1968 Translated by D.F. Green (Support Secure Freedom)Front to back; 95 pages of outrageous lies and vile Jew-Hatred.
    You will, literally, not believe your eyes as you read this outrageous document. I mean it is jaw-droppingly un-believable. Truly an example of “you have to see it to believe it”.

    I thought I’d go ahead and include these as well:

    Islamists Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Christians by Raymond Ibrahim

    Muslims Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Israel and the Jews by Raymond Ibrahim

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  • Larry A. Singleton

    Martin Kramer:
    Gaza is a place with no Israeli settlements, from which Israel has totally withdrawn to the 1967 lines, and which nonetheless has become a Hamas terror state. That’s what happens in conditions of Gazafication. So when people say that in a two-state solution, Palestinians would have a “right of return” to the West Bank and not Israel, I do not find that particularly reassuring either. Any influx of Palestinians across the Jordan poses a problem for Israel, and it is naive to dismiss it. I would like to hear how, in a two-state scenario, Gazafication of the West Bank can be prevented. I haven’t heard it yet.

    Neither have I.

    Read The Haj by Leon Uris. And ask these questions:

    What year did the nation of Palestine come into existance?
    What were its national borders and what year did it cease to exist?
    What currency did the nation of Palestine use and why is there no history of it?
    Name one leader to the “nation of Palestine” prior to Yasser Arafat.

    The Haj by Leon Uris (A Primer on the “right to return” scam)
    Lessons from ‘The Haj’ A book review by Joseph Puder


    Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel (These two books should be sold as a gift set.)

    Fiction: The Source by James Michener-Need proof of the Jewish claim to Jerusalem?
    Non-Fiction: Archaeology Exclusive: Ancient Gold Treasure Discovered in Jerusalem
    The Book of Jewish Knowledge by Nathan Ausubel
    The Archaeology of Ancient Israel by Amnon Ben-Tor

  • Phil Cohen

    I find myself respecting Netanyahu more and more. He provided a framework for conducting this war that was clear and succinct and that accomplished a very great deal without substantial loss of life on either side. There is no doubt, from what I’ve read, that the IDF substantially degraded Hamas, and that it will be a while before they will return.

    I also think that Netanyahu is intelligently carrying on the Israeli commitment to the notion that Israel and Jewry are synonymous. This may not be so among Diaspora Jews, but it would be so when the troubles hit the fan. E.g., though the absolute numbers aren’t high, the rise of French aliyah is a case in point.

  • NCS

    Important interview…great work. It is still baffling that the PM thinks there could be a two state solution. The people who call themselves, Palestinians, would have to recognize Israel’s right to exist and to live in peace with them. Jerusalem is and always will be the capital of the Jewish people. The leaders of Israel should come together into unity believing that Israel is the land G-d gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. G-d gave the land of Israel to His people, the Jews. If Arabs want to live in peace with that …fine.
    All the land that G-d gave to His people, the Jews, He called Israel. The borders of present Israel do not reflect all the land G-d gave to His people. Parts of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt belong to Israel.

    • esther noodelman

      The World thinks we have forgotten this,but we haven’t.

    • theo

      I agree 100% with NSC Israel can never cede any territory All the land God promised to Israel will in time come to the Jewish people
      To give any land away is going against this promise and will be paid for in blood as we have seen in the north as well as in Gaza
      As with Pharoah of old God is hardening the heart of today’s Pharoahs but that does not mean Israel will not triumph in its destined time

  • steven L

    Too bad for the antisemites of the world and they are Legions. But that makes Israel a country like every other country; not more not less.

  • Mickey Oberman

    I am greatly heartened by this interview.

    The critics will, as usual, be out in full force.
    But they usually have nothing better to do.

    Mickey Oberman

  • Bernard Ross

    If the peace unravels or when the peace unravels?????

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  • Emanuel

    Great work D.E. Thank you!