In a Friday sermon in Ras Al-Amoud, East Jerusalem, Sheik Nidhal Siam said that Egypt should annex Gaza. If it were joined by the Turkish, Jordanian, Algerian, Moroccan, Mauritanian, and Pakistani armies, he said, they would be "praying by noon on Monday in the Al-Aqsa Mosque." Egypt has the duty to refrain from remaining neutral with regard to recent events in Gaza, Siam said in the July 18 sermon, which was posted on the Internet.
Following are excerpts:
Nidhal Siam: A study was conducted by a British organization. It was conducted not by me or by the Muslims, but by English infidels. According to the study, the Egyptian army, with the weapons it possesses today, is capable of crushing Israel within three days. By Allah, three days is a long time. If the Egyptian army sets out right now, after the prayers, they will be praying at noon on Monday in the Al-Aqsa Mosque – all the more so if they are joined by the mighty Turkish army, by the Jordanian army, by the Algerian army, and by the armies of Morocco and of Mauritania, and when the Pakistani army cries: "Allah Akbar! Come to Jihad! Oh steed of Allah, arise and bring the glad tidings of Paradise!"
The Egyptian army has the duty, first and foremost, to refrain from remaining neutral in the face of the events in Gaza. Its duty is to annex Gaza to Egypt right now, this very night, and then to instate Islam, and to march and annihilate the Jews. It should bring us the Emir of the Believers, to whom we will pledge allegiance, and he will lead us in prayer in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. He will preach the sermon to you next Friday.