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    Posted October 8, 2015 by
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Israeli newspaper praises Najib's calls for better Jewish-Israeli relations


    Israeli newspaper The Times of Israel has recently praised Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for calling for a new dawn in Muslim-Jewish relations during his speech at the United Nations general assembly in New York last Thursday.


    The newspaper reports how in defending Muslim rights at Temple Mount, Najib Razak quoted Jewish sage Hillel's "Golden Rule" and called for a "new dawn" in Muslim-Jewish relations.


    The paper said that although Najib criticised Israel's actions during the recent violence at the Al-Aqsa mosque, he made an earnest call for improvements in Muslim-Jewish relations. The paper reported this as a departure from the overall hostile tone taken by previous Malaysian prime ministers against Israel.


    "Despite Razak's criticism, it was notable for a Malaysian leader to speak positively about Judaism and to recognise Israel as a legitimate interlocutor.


    "Malaysia is a formally Muslim state and some of Razak's predecessors were hostile to Israel and to Jews," the newspaper report said.


    Najib quoted the Torah and Judaism during his speech and reiterated his call for a new dawn in the Muslim-Jewish relationship.


    In the wake of the Rosh Hashanah violations of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and the aggression against its worshippers, Najib called on the Israeli government to live up to Judaism's highest principles.


    The paper quoted Najib as saying : "When asked to describe the Torah in a soundbite, (Hillel) said: 'That which is hateful to you, don't do to your fellow human being.'


    The paper also said that Malaysians had pretested in the capital city Kuala Lumpur against Israel over the violence at the Al-Aqsa mosque.


    “Currently Israel has forced its authority over Islam’s third holiest site – in defiance of the jurisdiction of King Abdullah of Jordan, the lawful Custodian,” Razak said.


    “It is therefore Israel’s duty to facilitate Muslims from around the world to visit. For this is an aspiration that all devout Muslims harbor and pray to be able to realize in their lifetime.”


    The newspaper reported that it was a notable and welcome for a Malaysian prime minister, leader of a formally muslim state, to speak about Judaism and to recognise Israel as an interlocutor.

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