Salman Rushdie says Palestinian state would be a terror state

“It will be a Taliban-like state. Is that really what the progressive West wants to help create?”

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Palestinian State
Sir Salman Rushdie.
Sir Salman Rushdie. Creative Commons

A sovereign Palestinian state would quickly be taken over by terrorist militias and become a hub of terrorist violence in Israel and the Middle East at large. Many have known this for years, and the rapid Hamas takeover of Gaza just one year after Israel withdrew from the territory proved them right.

Still, many seem to have not learned the lesson of the ill-fated “disengagement,” and need to be explicitly told that a Palestinian state will be a terror state.

Joining the ranks of those trying to talk some sense to Western leaders is famed novelist Salman Rushdie.

In an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper, the Indian-born British-American author was unequivocal: “[I]f there were a Palestinian state now, it would be run by Hamas and we would have a Taliban-like state. A satellite state of Iran.”

Rushdie went on to wonder, “Is this what the progressive movements of the Western left want to create?”

He explained that the problem is most people in the West react emotionally to the conflict, rather than logically considering the situation. And that emotional outburst drives government policy, especially in an election year.

So ignorant are the liberal masses protesting against Israel that they go so far as to vocally support Hamas, even though their own positions and beliefs stand in stark contrast to those of the ultra-conservative jihadist group.

Two years ago, Rushdie almost died after being stabbed 14 times by a jihadist sympathizer while on stage in New York.

In 1989, then-Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie over his book The Satanic Verses. He has faced numerous attacks and assassination attempts since.


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