Following U.S. President Trump's Jerusalem declaration, Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada Al-Sadr issued a statement threatening Israel, which was posted by his office on YouTube on December 7. Al-Sadr said that the U.S. president had declared enmity toward Islam and the Muslims. He called upon the Palestinians to renew their "revolution" and said that Israel "had better beware" because Iraqi forces can get to its border through Syria. In response to a question, Al-Sadr said that if a decision is made "to attack Israel," he would be the first soldier to do so.
Muqtada Al-Sadr: "[President Trump said] that he wanted to spread peace. You want to spread peace? What kind of peace are you hoping to achieve by declaring enmity toward Islam and the Muslims in such an ugly and insolent manner? For our part, we say that there can be no peace with the evil, arrogant, and colonialist countries. Another point is that the Palestinians must not surrender to this resolution in any way. They should reactivate the revolution.
"I call on the Arab youth to realize the gravity of the situation. May the Islamic Jihadi spirit be reignited within them, for the liberation of Jerusalem, before it is too late.
"The Iraqi government should close down the U.S. embassy, and at the very least, summon the U.S. ambassador, and submit a letter of protest to him.
"Finally, I would like to remind Israel – in case it has forgotten – that we can get to its border through Syria. So Israel had better beware.
"I'm sorry, but I cannot make the decision all by myself. I need to talk to the other factions, and if they are serious about attacking Israel, I'm in. I shall be the first soldier, not just the first commander."