Iran, Muslim Brotherhood Threaten Violent Reprisals for U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

Muslim extremists issue call to arms following Trump’s pro-Israel speech


Top officials in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are calling for violent reprisals on the United States and Israel following President Donald Trump’s recognition Wednesday of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, a long-promised declaration that has lit a fuse in the Arab world.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, as well as many in the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned Trump’s effort to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and threatened increased attacks on the Jewish state and American assets in the region.

These threats were issued as Palestinians took to the streets in and around Jerusalem to violently protest Trump’s move. Hundreds of Palestinian protestors clashed with Israeli security personnel on Thursday, amid a call from the Hamas terrorist group for Palestinians to take up arms.

Top officials in Iran, which has moved to renew its alliance with Hamas in recent months, slammed Trump and Israel, declaring late Wednesday that “the Zionists will be hit harder” as a result of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem.

“Without a doubt, the Islamic world will stand against this conspiracy, and with these actions, the Zionists will be hit harder,” Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying in the country’s state-controlled Farsi-language press. “And dear Palestine, without a doubt, will eventually be freed.”

The Palestinian cause is being used as a unifying thread across the Middle East, according to Khamenei.

“The issue of Palestine is at the top of the issues facing the Islamic community, and all are obliged to strive and struggle for the liberation and saving of the nation of Palestine,” the Iranian leader said.

Similarly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proclaimed that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a Jewish and Muslim holy site that contains two religiously important mosques, will always belong “to Islam and Muslims and the Palestinians.”

“Quds [Jerusalem] belongs to Islam and Muslims and the Palestinians, and there is no place for new adventures of the Global Arrogance” of the United States, Rouhani was quoted as saying in the Farsi-language press.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry, in a statement condemning Trump and the United States, said the recognition of Jerusalem will spark a new intifada, or uprising.

“The provocative and unwise decision by the U.S. to recognize the Holy Quds as the integrated capital of the Zionist regime will not contribute to regional peace and stability; rather it will enrage the Muslims and fan the flames of a new Intifada, prompting violent acts for which the U.S. and Zionist regime should stand accountable,” the statement read.

The Muslim Brotherhood, a group designated by many nations as a terrorist organization, also threatened attacks on the United Statesand Israel as a result of the move.

“Moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem categorizes U.S. as an enemy state and all of its interests will be subject to the political position [that we have] towards interests of the Zionist entity,” the Brotherhood said in an official statement.

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.) told the Washington Free Beacon that the threats of violence by the Brotherhood underscore the need to formally designate it as a terror group in the United States, an effort that DeSantis has helped lead.

“Threats by the virulently anti-Semitic Muslim Brotherhood underscore the need for the Trump administration to act swiftly to designate the Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization,” said DeSantis, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “The Brotherhood is pestilence throughout the Middle East; it is not a part of any viable solution for the problems plaguing the Middle East.”

Capitol Hill insiders told the Free Beacon that the Brotherhood’s latest call to violence could help pave the way for Congress to designate it as a terror organization, which has been simmering for some time without concrete action.

“There was already growing momentum on the Hill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization, either chapter-by-chapter or all at once,” said a veteran congressional adviser who works with offices on national security and Middle East extremism issues.

“The days of the Obama administration describing the group as a bunch of misunderstood moderates, and lawmakers pretending to believe that, are over,” the source said. “The only question left was how actively Congress is going to push the administration. Now that the Brotherhood is threatening to attack the U.S. because President Trump simply did what Congress told him to do, that’s not a question any more. Congress is going to be looking to decisively act.”

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  1. Jihadis can be SOOOO boring! What will they do? Kill 3,000 innocent people, flying airplanes into buildings?

    Been there. Done that.

    Outside of re-labelling already-planned terrorist attacks as “Anti-Trump-Jerusalem-Embassy-Announcement”, the net impact of Muslim “revenge” attacks will be less interesting than “Gropegate” — which, by the way, isn’t interesting at all.

  2. Just by the way, if the Iranians were to follow up on their threats, guess who would suffer directly most? Right! the Palestinians, who would then become collateral damage. I’m sure they’re all happy to be slated as next to meet the virgins, especially the women who scream most.

    MEMRI, December 7, 2017:

    After U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, on December 6, 2017, Mobarak Haidar (above), renowned Pakistani historian and author of multiple books, wrote the following on his Facebook page:

    “The Holy Koran spoke of Al-Aqsa Mosque when it was not a ‘mosque’ in the Islamic sense. It was a holy place because of the prophets of Israel, from Moses to Jesus. It was the holy spot of worship for Jews and Christians. Obviously, there were no Muslims in the city of Jerusalem till the era of Emir-ul-Momineen Umar ibn Khattab… The Prophet [Muhammad] and his followers prayed with their faces toward this Jewish-Christian holy temple because Kaaba (the present center of Islamic Hajj) was full of idols.

    “After the ‘Conquest of Mecca,’ Muslims were told to turn their faces toward Kaaba and away from Jerusalem. They have never faced their loyalty toward Jerusalem after that, for the last 1,400 years. No Muslim ever went to pray in Jerusalem till it was conquered by the second caliph [Umar ibn Khattab], although there was no restriction on Muslims. They do not go there today because it was no longer their center.

    “Christians were masters of Jerusalem before Muslims conquered it. It is still a holy place for Christians. But Christians have no dispute over ownership of the city. It is their religious right to visit the holy city; and the Jews do not stop them. Muslims, too, should have the same religious rights, and in fact they have those rights; Jews do not stop them. Muslims of the world, therefore, have no religious basis to rule Jerusalem. Most of the Muslims have never even wished to visit Jerusalem. As for the political claim, only Palestinians can make it and only they should negotiate.”