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Official PA daily op-ed: “Israel and ISIS – two sides of the same coin”

Headline: “Israel and ISIS – two sides of the same coin”
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, in his regular column in the official PA daily

     “Historically, Israel and those who stand behind it were a seed for the growth of all the Takfir (i.e., the act of accusing other Muslims of heresy) streams, and directly contributed to the creation of the appropriate ground for the horizontal and vertical spread of these organizations. Despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood was established before the establishment of the State of Israel, there was a deep connection between its establishment in 1928, and its adoption by Britain, the state that received the Palestinian mandate, and the plan for the dismantlement of the Arab region. The goals of this plan were primarily to establish what was created by the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916… and that the Muslim Brotherhood would assist in the birth of the Hebrew state. This was as this organization, depending on its religious aspect, its battle with the nation state, its refusal to cooperate with the national liberal and left-wing political forces, and its adoption of the Islamic Caliphate option, created the right environment for the establishment of a ‘homeland’ for the Jews in Palestine…

The integration between the Western colonialism and the establishment of the Muslim Brotherhood organization created the foundations for the birth of the Israeli ethnic cleansing state in 1948, on the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Arab Palestinian people. This state, in turn, together with the West that supports it, prepared the conditions for the establishment of the Takfir organizations, of which the Muslim Brotherhood did and still does constitute the vessel that contains their embodiment in the Arab reality. ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and all the Takfir organizations before it, with their different names, are nothing but different faces of Israel. This is because all of them are factors whose purpose is to harm the revival of the national Arab project, and from another angle – they are factors whose purpose is to dismantle and divide the Arab peoples on the basis of religion and ethnicity, and to prevent the liberation of Palestine from the yoke of the Israeli occupation.”

Sykes-Picot Agreement – A secret agreement between Britain and France negotiated by French diplomat François Georges-Picot and Briton Sir Mark Sykes and concluded in May 1916. The agreement had Russia’s approval and specified Britain’s and France’s proposed spheres of influence and control in the Middle East if the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I.
The plan was revealed in 1917 in the Russian press, and subsequently in the British press, angering the Arabs as it contradicted promises of independence made to them - on the condition they helped fight against and bring down the Ottoman Empire. The plan caused lasting distrust on the part of the Arabs in relation to Western countries.