Sheikh Kamal Khatib, the second in command to Islamic Movement head Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, said over the weekend that he hopes to see Muslim law (Sharia) in Israel. In an interview with an Israeli Arabic newspaper, Khatib explained that Israel would soon be replaced by an Arab state run by Muslim law as part of a greater Islamic Caliphate. “We are on the threshold of a new stage,” he said, “The future belongs to Islam and the Muslims.”
Khatib, who holds Israeli citizenship, called on Israeli Muslims to avoid cooperation with Israeli officials and to form alternate Muslim organizations to take over the government’s role. He criticized Muslim Members of Knesset, and called on them to quit.