Proud of their heritage, Moslems regard … Israel as an outpost of Western decadence. Erasing this state from the map of the Middle East is a political and religious imperative. Although Moslems differ as to how and when this is to be done, their ultimate goal is the same. Anwar Sadat put it this way in an interview with al-Anwar on June 22, 1975: “The effort of our generation is to return to the 1967 borders. Afterward the next generation will carry the responsibility.” Nor is this all.
In a New York Times interview dated October 19, 1980, Sadat boasted: “Poor Menachem [Begin], he has his problems ... After all, I got back ... the Sinai and the Alma oil fields, and what has Menachem got? A piece of paper.”
A year after signing the March 1979 peace treaty with Israel, Sadat ominously declared: “Despite the present differences with the Arab 'rejectionist' rulers over the Egyptian peace initiative, the fact remains that these differences are only tactical not strategic, temporary not permanent.”
Sadat also said: “Fear is the second layer of skin of every Israeli or Jew.” *
*Does this fear animate the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, which has endorsed a two-state solution to the war called “Israeli-Palestinian conflict”?