ISIS Denies ‘Palestine’ Linkage That Abbas Is Touting to the West
I recently explained that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is trying to blackmail the Western world into believing that if it pressures Israel to capitulate even more to his demands, ISIS-style terror will cease.
Abbas claimed that Israeli concessions would “ensure the end of all forms of terrorism, remove the pretext of extremists who have taken the Palestinian issue as an excuse to spread terror and murder, like ISIS and al-Qaeda and others, so we must achieve peace and end the occupation.”
But ISIS explicitly denies Abbas’ “linkage” argument.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) recently translated an article from the official ISIS magazine Al Naba:
For decades, the issue of Palestine and its occupation by the Jews has dominated the lives of Muslims the world over. The exaggerators have exceeded in stressing its importance, and the merchants have traded in it – to the point where most people came to believe that Palestine is the Muslims’ primary cause. This is after the nationalists declared it to be the Muslims’ top priority, and [vowed] that no other issue should be raised until Palestine was liberated, so as not to diversify efforts or waste capabilities. Moreover, many believe that there is no room for jihad [anywhere] but in Palestine. The preachers of fitna and the rulers’ scholars everywhere condemn the mujahideen on all the battlefronts, and mislead the ignorant by asking ‘why don’t these [mujahideen] wage jihad in Palestine?’
Those who deviated [from the true path] hold that… the Muslim ummah has no enemy but the Jews who are occupying Palestine. Even those who do seek to expand the circle [of jihad] to include the Christian Crusaders are deviating from the shari’a by declaring that the only reason for their hatred [of them] is that they support the Jews.
After nearly seven decades of empty slogans, Palestine is still ruled by the Jews, the Shi’ites, and their allies in the deviant parties who trade in the [Palestinian] cause – after ancient Palestine was divided into three parts, each ruled by a Taghout government that purports to be an enemy of the others. Placing the matter of Palestine in the proper religious context, and smashing the idol that people have worshipped for decades – [that is, the idol of] ‘the Muslims’ No. 1 issue’ – constitute an essential foundation for building any genuine action for the sake of this blessed region.
From another angle, Allah ordered His worshippers to fight all the infidels, without exception. Allah said: ‘And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous. [Koran 9:36].’ Therefore, what gave the Jews priority among all the infidels, to the point where those who deviate from the [true] path restrict jihad to them alone, in preference to others? The apostate [tyrants] who rule the lands of Islam are graver infidels than [the Jews], and war against them takes precedence over war against the original infidels. The legitimate jihad is fighting the Jews in Palestine, fighting the [tyrants] and their infidel supporters in every place and at every time, and fighting the Crusaders and all the polytheists in the world. Regarding restricting jihad to the Jews alone – this is an alteration of Allah’s law, and constitutes following the delusions of the Taghout who seek to prevent Muslims from waging jihad against the polytheists and infidels in the countries that they themselves control.
ISIS regards the PA as just as much of a target as Saudi Arabia, Iran or the “crusaders” in Europe. Abbas is knowingly lying by claiming that pressuring Israel to concede more land would chill terror attacks.
But, as I wrote, it is in Abbas’ interests to see more ISIS terror attacks in Europe so he can sell his lies to an audience that longs to hear that the solution is just to pressure Israel some more.