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Salafi Leader Says First Syria, Then Israel

It's becoming increasingly clear that whatever semblance of government that comes after the fall of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad will be comprised of radical Sunni Islamists, quite possibly ones aligned with Al Qaeda.

This obviously means bad news for Israel--these same jihadists already reportedly control Syria's border with Israel and may be poised to strike when the dust finally settles in Syria.

On cue, a Salafi leader in neighboring Jordan is already eagerly anticipating a future jihad against the Jewish State launched from a new Syrian base. From YNet:

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The leader of the radical Salafist movement in Jordan, whose organization actively supports the Syrian rebels' efforts to topple President Bashar Assad's regime warned Sunday that once the Damascus opposition achieves its primary goal, it will set its sights on Israel. The group's leader, Abed Shihadeh, who is also known as Abu Muhammad al-Tahawi, spoke at the funeral of a jihadist who committed a suicide attack in Amman last week.

"We tell Benjamin Netanyahu, the (Israeli) prime minister, get ready. The army of the Prophet Mohammad is coming your way." Shihadeh added: "Those carrying explosives in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will find you, Allah willing," he added. "The next fight is between us and you." The jihadist leader further pledged to "Take over Damascus and then head to Tel Aviv… As far as we are concerned, Palestine stretches from river to sea, from Rafah to a-Nakura. We will not rest until Palestine is liberated."

Israel's neighborhood may be set to to become even more dangerous and chaotic--if that's possible.

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