Shi'ite scholar Assad Qassir, a professor at Qom Hawza, said that the goal was "to establish a Zionist empire from the Nile to the Euphrates, and from there, to take control over the Islamic world in its entirety." Thus, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, and all of Africa would be lost, he said, and Mecca, Medina, and the Arabian Peninsula would "submit to the Zionist control." Qassir, who was interviewed by the Iranian Al-Kawthar TV channel, further said that "you never see anyone from ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Al-Nusra, or Jeish Al-Islam firing a single bullet at a Zionist" because they are part of the Zionist enterprise and that not a single Zionist was killed on 9/11. The interview aired on June 11.
Assad Qassir: "The Zionist enemy constitutes a springboard for the hegemony of the colonialist countries over our region. It is not just about the occupation of a geographical area. They wanted to establish a Zionist state, so that it could extend from the Nile to the Euphrates."
Host: "As symbolized by the two blue lines on the Zionist flag..."
Assad Qassir: "To this day, there is a map hanging in the Israeli Knesset, showing Israel extending from the Nile to the Euphrates. In addition, on the Israeli flag, there are two blue lines. Therefore, the goal is to achieve Zionist control of that region. It does not end here. When they gain control over the region between the Nile and the Euphrates, and bring the Jews from all over the world to settle them there, to plunder all these lands, and to transfer the original inhabitants from them..."
Host: "This will be a complete demographic change..."
Assad Qassir: "Anyone who remains here will be a second- or third-class citizen, just like the Palestinians living under the occupation. Controlling this region is a means to achieve the goal of gaining control over the Islamic world in its entirety. Thus, we will lose Iran, Afghanistan, and Egypt, all the way to the Nile, and even beyond the Nile... We will lose North Africa as well, and even [all of] Africa. The goal is to establish a Zionist empire from the Nile to the Euphrates, and from there, to take control over the Islamic world in its entirety."
Host: "With Jerusalem as its capital..."
Assad Qassir: "Yes, that's the plan. Behind the Zionists you have America, Britain, and France. Therefore, I believe that this plan poses a threat to the entire Arab and Islamic nation. That's one thing. For another, this plan constitutes a war on Islam. They will drive us out of our homes, and will gain hegemony over us, and will control all our resources. Even Mecca, Medina, and the Arabian Peninsula will submit to the Zionist control.
"When we liberate Jerusalem, Allah willing, we will treat the Jews who came from abroad the way we were commanded by Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. But I fear for them, because what they did to us Arabs and Muslims – the massacres, the killings... And recently, they imposed ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra upon us. They are all part of the Zionist enterprise."
Assad Qassir: "They are all doing the work of the Zionist occupation."
Host: "One way or another..."
Assad Qassir: "That is why you never see anyone from ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Al-Nusra, or Jeish Al-Islam shooting a single bullet at a Zionist. They kill people in the streets of France, but none of them dare to turn to the Zionist embassy in France. This raises questions. 9/11, for example – Not a single Zionist was killed on that day. What kind of coincidence is this?"