JERUSALEM—In a speech on New Year’s day, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a “religious revolution” in Islam that would displace violent jihad from the center of Muslim discourse.
“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people (Muslims worldwide) should want to kill the rest of the world’s population—that is, 7 billion people—so that they themselves may live?” he asked. “Impossible.”
Al-Sisi is calling for exactly the kind of religious reformation Islam needs to join the modern civilized world.
I predict he’ll either “clarify” his comments or be assassinated shortly.