Inflammatory Preaching Incenses Palestinians

A Moslem religious leader said: "The Jews are Jews, whether Labor or Likud.… They do not have any moderates or any advocates of peace. They are all liars... O brother believers, the criminals, the terrorists are the Jews ... They are the terrorists. They are the ones who must be butchered and killed, as Allah the Almighty said: ‘Fight them: Allah will torture them at your hands, and will humiliate them and will help you to overcome them, and will relieve the minds of the believers.… Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them. Wherever you are, kill those Jews and those Americans who are like them."

(From a Friday sermon in the Zayed bin Sultan Aal Nahyan mosque in Gaza, reportedly broadcast live on the official Palestinian Authority television. The speaker was Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabiya, member of the PA-appointed "Fatwa Council" and former acting rector of the Islamic University in Gaza.)

Dateline: Heaven responded: "It is the utmost naiveté to think of peace where this kind of enflamed rhetoric is pervasive. The best that can be hoped for until Christ, the Messiah, returns is for a contained co-belligerancy with credible deterrence."