Arab leaders are Zionists in disguise, according to Al-Qaeda’s number two terrorist, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a new online message, his first since last December, which also mocks U.S. President Barack Obama.
"These Arab Zionists are more dangerous than Jewish Zionists," according to the French news agency AFP, which said that his audiotape was posted on an Islamist website.
Al Zawahiri taunted President Obama. "Poor Obama comes to Kabul pledging that Taliban will not return to power... Poor you, can you promise that your herds [of soldiers] will return safe to America?" he asked. "You threaten the Taliban; you are just a puppet of the tyrants... We will see who will not return to Kabul because he will flee it hastily in fear.
"Obama, whether you admit it or not, Muslims have defeated you in Iraq and Afghanistan and will defeat you in Palestine, Somalia and the Islamic Maghreb.”
Al Zawahiri charged that President Obama's Middle East policy was "humiliating" for Muslims and a "new stage in the Crusader and Zionist campaign."
Egypt was included in his “Arab Zionists” term because of its project to build an underground metal barrier that would stop Hamas from being able to smuggle weapons as well as black market goods and merchandise that have been a large source of tax revenues for the de facto Hamas government in Gaza.
"Who is besieging our people in Gaza and is surrounding them with an underground metal fence?” he asked rhetorically. “Is he not the chief of Arab Zionists [Egyptian President] Hosni Mubarak?" he charged.
Next in line were kings Abdullah of Jordan and Saudi Arabia and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Continuing to answer his own questions, Al Zawahiri said, "Who is providing his intelligence service to serve U.S. intelligence and [the] Mossad? Is he not the heir of traitors, Abdullah, the son of [the late King] Hussein" of Jordan.
"And who is aiding Mossad to kill the Mujahedeen [holy warriors] and capture them? Is he not the Arab Zionist Mahmoud Abbas?
"And who presented a [Middle East peace] initiative, following the directions of Jewish (U.S. journalist) Thomas Friedman, and organized an inter-faith dialogue conference where he shook hands with [Israeli President Shimon] Peres? Is he not the Arab Zionist [King] Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz?" al Zawahiri added.
The Saudi 2002 plan calls on Israel to surrender all of the land in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Gaza and to allow for the immigration of approximately five million Arabs from foreign countries who claim ancestry in modern Israel. The Arab League adopted the proposal.
"Who were those who agreed collectively to hand most of Palestine to the Jews, and said that the refugees issue can only be settled in arrangements with the Jews? Were they not the Arab rulers in their shameful initiative," al Zawahiri asked.