Wednesday, October 27, 2010

(NEWS) Expert: Islamists Hate Zionism, But Admire It

"Islamic terrorist groups like Hamas and Hizbullah hate Zionism, but admire its success, says Dr. Uriya Shavit of the Dayan research center. The terrorist groups have even sought to mimic the Zionist success story in their own way, he told Arutz Sheva.

Islamic movements' hatred and opposition to the Jewish presence in Israel goes back for many years, longer than most realize, Shavit said. 'However, what is even less widely known is that for all those years, Islamists tried to copy Zionism, and almost admired it,' he declared.

Zionism began as a grassroots Jewish movement to return to the Jewish homeland in the land of Israel. While there were many Jews living in the region already, the Zionists were unique in that they wanted to create a Jewish state, and they were willing to give up comfortable lives in Europe, in the Arab world, and elsewhere in order to do so."

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