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Zawahiri speaks on Palestinian strife


Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of CommunicationVideotape
Transmitted Dec. 20, 2006
ConnectedAyman al-Zawahiri (Speaker)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOn Dec. 20, 2006, al-Jazeera broadcast a new videotape from al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who criticized calls for new elections in the Palestine to break the impasse over Hamas taking power.

He calls for an Islamic government in Palestine and says Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is a tool of the United States.


"Any path other than the path of jihad will not lead us to anything but to waste and loss. Those trying to liberate the Muslim land through elections based on secular constitutions or on the (UN) resolutions handing over Palestine to the Jews, will not liberate a grain of the soil of Palestine. In fact, their efforts will lead to strangling the jihad and besieging the mujahidin. Retreating before the West will not make them feel satisfied with us, no matter how skillful we might be in maneuvering, tactics, and dialogue.

God says: Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion. (Part of Koranic verse)

"One of the forms of recognizing Israel is accepting the legitimacy of Mahmud Abbas, head of the National Authority and America's man in Palestine, and giving the PLO, which recognizes Israel, the mandate to negotiate with Israel. This is an abyss, which eventually destroys jihad and leads to the recognition of Israel. Disregarding the religious facts and the actual realities of the conflict between Islam and non-belief has made some brothers in Palestine go from calm to elections based on a secular constitution; from elections based on a secular constitution to respect for international resolutions; from respect for international resolutions to acceptance of the prisoner document; from acceptance of the prisoner document to a national unity government; and from a national unity government to forcing them out of the cabinet. The series is still unfolding. How is it that they have not demanded that Palestine should have an Islamic constitution before participating in any elections? Aren't they an Islamic movement? Aren't they seeking to make the word of Allah reign supreme?"

"They cannot imagine the Muslims establishing a government in Palestine or elsewhere that is based on anything but the Shari'ah and whose terms of reference are anything but the Shari'ah. The second fact is that every Muslim is duty-bound to regain any land that was a land of Islam. Therefore, we as Muslims cannot concede to Israel a single inch of Palestine. As far as we are concerned, there is no difference between the 1948 Palestine and the 1967 Palestine. It is all Palestine, and it all belongs to the Muslims. All the UN resolutions that have taken parts of it, and recognized Israel's presence on it, starting with the partition resolution to Resolution 1701 are all null and void, and, in the balance of Islam, are worthless. We should reject, renounce, and fight these resolutions. We should not take hesitant positions toward these resolutions by saying that we will respect and acknowledge them as a fact of life, and other such statements that would squander the Muslim's rights. Recognizing these resolutions implies the recognition of the Hebrew state."1
1Taken from U.S. Central Command "What the Extremists are Saying" web feed.
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