Jan. 26, 2018
Popular Arab affairs correspondentZvi Yehezkeli went undercover in Muslim pockets in Europe to film the “quiet bomb” – his name for the expansion of the Muslim Brotherhood – from a Muslim perspective • “ISIS is a pimple; Muslim Brotherhood is cancer.”
Yehezkeli has been working on his undercover show over the last year. The show was filmed in several Arab countries and in Europe, and it follows the Muslim Brotherhood, which Yehezkeli calls “radical Islam’s largest ever infrastructure.”
One of the running themes of the show is a secret report, obtained by Yehezkeli, detailing the Muslim Brotherhood’s growing influence in France. “The bottom line is that this report is telling the French, ‘Guys, you have a time bomb on your hands.’
“Everyone tells me the bomb is ISIS, because what could possibly be more dangerous than those lunatics? But I try to explain that there is a new kind of bomb – a quiet bomb. I realized that there is a big thing that the world doesn’t yet understand. Even a google search of the term Muslim Brotherhood doesn’t turn up very much about them. Thankfully, the heads of the network and the news department were with me.”
Q: When do you think this thing will erupt?
“A senior defense official told me recently that ISIS is a pimple and the real cancer is the Muslim Brotherhood. But in their case, it won’t erupt like ISIS. It will be quiet. They will slowly take the keys from the important people. If it’s not done peacefully, they will do it by force. But in the meantime, everything is under the surface. They have a clear strategy, and the endgame is conquest. I’m not saying they will take over the U.S., but there will be countries like Denmark, Belgium and France – they will control them.”
Q: What’s your worst-case scenario forecast?
“In 10 or 20 years, some of the European countries will be home to an Islamic movement that will ‘only’ serve as kingmaker in local elections. But it will be so influential in the general population that it will dictate the tone in everything it wishes. Right now, all this movement wants are simple things, like budgets, education and prosperity. The French are telling them, ‘keep it going and we won’t say a word.’ But no one is checking the curricula in the Muslim schools. No one is checking to see if they are teaching tolerant Islam or the kind of Islam that takes over and controls others. They are not asking what kind of Islam they are building, and that is certainly something that should be asked.”
Q: You focus mainly on the French. Is it because you feel that they are particularly complacent?
“They are naive and innocent. If they come to terms with what is happening there, it will force them to take combative action, but they prefer to live in an atmosphere of peace. A gradual process is more dangerous than a surprise attack. The world is afraid of wars. Give the French their croissant and they will sit quietly.
“But let me take you to the suburbs, just a half hour from Paris. I was there for two weeks and I didn’t speak a word of French the entire time, only Arabic. No one asks you questions. You don’t feel like a foreigner. In the cafes, women and men are segregated. It feels exactly like being in a real Muslim country.”
Q: What is the real problem with the Muslim Brotherhood?
“The fact that they are intolerant of anyone else. They don’t accept the notion that there is any other just path. They view everyone as infidels and disregard all else. And most importantly, they believe that every Muslim is a messenger whose job is to spread the caliphate. If it failed in Iraq and in Syria, it will happen in France. It’s like a slow collision, and when the time comes to stop them, it may be too late.”
Q: Are there any positive aspects?
“They are open to science and academic studies and they integrate into society.”
Q: Should we be afraid of them in Israel, too?
“Generally I would advise against being afraid. Be it of ISIS or Iran, though they are a bit more frightening. We have Hamas next door and the Islamic Movement among us, which is taking control over Al-Aqsa. To me, these two movements are the real threat to Israel. The Palestinians are still finding it difficult to combat Hamas, and we are having trouble combating the Islamic Movement, which is supported by Turkey.”
Q: How do Israeli Arabs respond to you?
“They know that I’m telling the truth, and I think most of them appreciate that.”…..
Q: What did you think about the incident involving teenage Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi who slapped IDF soldiers?
“That girl slapped a soldier because she knew he wouldn’t do anything. She could have been put in her place. But we allowed it, because today, the soldiers’ instincts tell them not to fight, but rather to contain. Today, because everything is filmed, lines get blurred and there is a sense of post-modernism. If the soldier had felt secure and at peace with what he was doing, he would have handcuffed her in a second and arrested her.”
Q: Even with all the cameras and what could happen as a result?
“If I run a red light right now, and a police officer pulls me over and I slap him, what do you think he’ll do to me? He’ll arrest me and take me to the station. So why not in the territories? We are cutting corners and cutting them a lot of slack just because of how it will look. We are creating an atmosphere that is apologetic and defensive, and I find that very difficult to accept. Because ultimately, as a Jew who understands that he has been planted here for 4,000 years, I don’t need to be ashamed of who I am. This kind of thing would not have happened anywhere else in the world. Slap a cop in New York and see what happens.”
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