Following are excerpts from an interview with Saudi cleric Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif, which aired on Iqra TV on January 17, 2013.
Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif: "In my view, the martyrdom operations that we are witnessing are the pinnacle of Jihad for the sake of Allah. They have caused tremendous damage to the enemy.
"I encourage the Palestinians to… If only I, along with my brothers, my friends, and all the preachers, could go to that sacred land and die there as martyrs… Alas, it was not to be. Nevertheless, I encourage my brothers in Palestine to continue these wonderful, Jihadi, martyrdom operations.
"They are the pinnacle of Jihad for the sake of Allah. They cause the greatest harm to the enemy. This might sound like idle talk, but it is based on analyses. The impact of martyrdom operations on the monstrous country of the brothers of apes and pigs is greater than the impact of all the Arab armies combined since the beginning of the Palestinian cause.
"The return of the youth to Allah is what annoys the Jews most. It is the most effective tool against them. The Jews have tried in the past decades… Read The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. They have been doing all they can to lead you astray.
"I admire the Palestinian mothers. They are truly magnificent. When a mother receives the news of [the death of] her son, she goes to his funeral praising Allah, and calling upon his Muslim friends to follow the example he set. These are great mothers.
"They remind us of Al-Khansaa, who will be remembered in history as the mother whose four sons were martyred in the battle of Qadisiyya, yet she said: 'Allah be praised for honoring me with their deaths. May He reunite me with them in Paradise.'
"This brings to mind the Palestinian mothers of today, who hand out sweets and drinks out of joy for the martyrdom of their sons. By Allah, these mothers are honorable and wonderful.
"I call upon the mothers of the Islamic world to follow suit."