Saudi head of “World Muslim League” calls for cooperation with Israel
SANA’A – In a shocking statement, Saudi cleric and head of the “World Muslim Leage” (WML), Abdul Karim Issa has openly called for cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the Zionist entity of Israel. This highly controversial statement, which goed directly against the policies and beliefs that nearly the entire Islamic world has held ever since 1948, was made in the wake of a meeting between the WML and high-ranking Zionist officials in New York.
Issa, who is a close associate of Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS), said the following during an interview with Fox News:
“We should send a peace convoy that is representative of all three Abrahamic religions. They should be Muslim, Christian and Jewish and they should visit all holy sites (…) They should meet everyone and find common ground, and they should provide fertile ground to find solutions for peace.”
While the statement of the Wahhabi cleric flies in the face of much of the Islamic world, it is not entirely surprising, given the long history of increased unofficial cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the Israeli regime. Israel has even offered military assistance to the Saudi kingdom in its invasion of Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, while controlling the territory of the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, has hostile relations with most of the anti-Zionist movements in the Islamic world, including Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Republic of Iran. On the contrary, relations between Riyadh and nations such as the US have only improved under the rule of MBS.
The World Muslim League, founded by the Saudi regime in 1962, has for a long time been a vehicle of Riyadh in its attempts to spread Wahhabism across the Islamic world. The organisation was in New York in order to attend an annual conference of the so-called “Cultural Rapprochement between the US and the Muslim World”. During this meeting, the WML also hosted Ronald Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress (WJC). The WJC is one of the world’s foremost Zionist organisations, and organises various Zionist and pro-“Israeli” organisations, leading many critics to believe that Abdul Karim Issa’s statement was heavily influenced by Zionist interests.