Sudanese Islamic scholar Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf said in a February 5, 2020 interview on Tayba TV (Sudan) that the term "normalization [of relations with Israel]" suggests that Muslims had had peaceful relations with the Jews in the past, but that this is not so. Elaborating that there is no difference between Jews and Zionists, Al-Hayy said that the Jews were slayers of the prophets of Allah, that they are shedders of blood, that they tried to kill the Prophet Muhammad, that they raise their children to kill Arabs and hate Muslims, and that they train their children to use all kinds of weapons. He argued that this is the nature of the Jews, and that this is why Israel has a powerful military, which he claimed is indoctrinated with Jewish and biblical notions such as the Temple, Jerusalem, and the Promised Land. In addition, Al-Hayy lamented that Muslims armies are prevented from training according to Islamic values.
Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "'Normalization' means to restore something back to its normal character. In the past, were our relations with the Jews characterized by peace and love, and was this then afflicted at one point by some problem, such that we need to restore things to their original character? The Jews, according to the Quran, are the slayers of the prophets. They are shedders of blood. The Jews attacked the status of the Lord. They said: 'The hand of Allah is chained' and 'Allah is poor, while we are rich.' It was the Jews who tried, three times, to kill the Prophet Muhammad."
Interviewer: "But shouldn't we differentiate between the Jews and the Zionists now?"
Abd Al-Hayy Yousuf: "No. The basic principle is that this is the nature of the Jews. If there is someone among them who is not like that, he is the exception.
"We know that the Jews raise their children on the hatred of Muslims, and on the killing of the Arabs. They train them to use weapons of all kind. This is why you can see now that this country, with a population of 5-6 million, has a one-million-strong standing army, and reserves of another million soldiers. On the other hand, you see Muslim countries that are forced to scale down their armies, and that are banned from training these armies on Islamic values. There is a war on Muslim values in the Muslim armies, whereas [in Israel], their army is indoctrinated with Jewish and biblical notions. They call their state 'Israel' after Jacob, and they talk to them about the Temple, Jerusalem, the Promised Land, and similar religious notions."