Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Sisi Sweet? (includes video)

As MEMRI.org explains:
 'In a speech delivered at Al-Azhar on December 28, 2014, Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi called to combat extremist ideology and said: "We need to revolutionize our religion." Calling for "religious discourse that is in keeping with its times," Al-Sisi warned that "the Islamic nation is being torn apart and destroyed" by extremism.'

Read more here

Obviously, such sentiments are to be applauded and welcomed.

But Islam-watcher Dr Andrew Bostom urges wariness: see here
Caroline Glick's take here

2 comments:

  1. I've almost certainly referred to this post of mine before, but the idea of an Islamic Reformation in misconceived. It is a failure to understand the nature of the Christian Reformation.
    http://thealmondrod.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/do-we-need-islamic-reformation.html
    The sad fact is that there is an Islamic Reformation. It's called ISIL./S

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    1. Thank you, Ian. Always a pleasure to get your perspective.

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