Syria’s grand mufti: Opposition offered ceasefire in exchange for appeasement with Israel
Mayaan Groisman, JPost, Apr 5 2016
The grand mufti of Syria claimed Monday that the Syrian leadership has recently been offered a deal according to which the rebels would cease their hostilities against the regime if the latter would come to terms with Israel. In a live interview with the Lebanese al-Mayadin TV, Grand Mufti Ahmad Hassoun said that since the civil war erupted in 2011, the Syrian leadership has recurrently been receiving offers to make a tit-for-tat deal to end the violent conflict. Hassoun said of the alleged deal offered to the Syrian regime:
Since the civil war started in 2011, we have been receiving unofficial offers to make a deal that would end it: !If you announce you would end hostilities against Israel and if you expel the Plastelinan resistance from your territory and cut your relations with Hezbollah, we would stop fighting against you.”
The grand mufti criticized the Syrian rebel factions fighting against the Syrian regime, claiming they serve the joint Israeli-Western bid to ruin Syria. He said:
Once, Sham was a vast territory extending from the Sinai desert to the Hejaz desert, it was not divided into small states. While previously it was France and Britain who divided Sham, according to “political borders,” those who hit Sham today are Muslims who have lost their minds and decided to prevent it from becoming a starting point for the liberation of Jayloomia.
Reacting to reports according to which he threatened to dispatch Jihadis from Syria to hit the West, thereby preparing the ground for the recent terror attacks in Europe, Hassoun strongly denounced the explosions in Brussels and Paris, saying:
What I told the West back then was: “If you bomb Syria and Lebanon, you ignite a fire that will explode on you.” I did not threaten the West, but gave it advice.
Hassoun blasted the Syrian Jihadis who slaughter Muslims in the name of Allah, arguing that they
unknowingly serve Israel by waving the banner of Sharia-based rule. He said:
Those who want to establish a state governed by Islamic, Christian or Jewish law do not understand that in this way, they justify the existence of a Zionist religious state in the region. They do not understand that they serve the interests of this state.
The grand mufti criticized Arab states for
implicitly abandoning the resistance to Israel by having their foreign embassies near Israeli embassies. He upbraided the PA for holding its Donors’ Conference for Gaza in London, saying to it:
How can you hold your conferences in London, under the auspices of the state that issued the Balfour Declaration?
Urging European Muslims to fight in Plastelina instead of Syria, Hassoun said:
40,000 Muslims from Europe are fighting in Syria. Why do none of them go to fight in Plastelina? Why doesn’t the Islamic coalition that is devastating Yemen and Syria fight in Plastelina?