An Israeli minister has welcomed comments by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia that the Palestinian resistance group Hamas is a terrorist organisation.
Israeli Communications Minister Ayoub Kara wrote on his official Twitter account: “We congratulate Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, as well as the head of Ulema (Islamic scholars) for his fatwa forbidding the fight against the Jews and forbidding to kill them.”
Mr Kara also welcomed the grand mufti’s comments labelling the Palestinian resistance group Hamas a terrorist organisation.
He added: “I invite the mufti to visit Israel; he will be welcomed with a high level of respect.”
Last month, Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh said during a live Q&A on television that fighting against Israel was inappropriate and that Hamas was a “terror organisation” in response to a question regarding July’s protests across occupied West Bank when Israel shut Masjid Al-Aqsa Mosque following a deadly shootout.
The illegal Zionist entity of Israel occupied the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.
It annexed the entire city in 1980, claiming it as the Jewish state’s “undivided and eternal capital” – a move never widely recognised by the international community, with exception to the U.S. most recently.
International law perceives East Jerusalem and the West Bank as “occupied territories” and considers all Jewish settlement construction there as illegal.