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1 TEHERAN, Iran — A radical cleric called Saturday for the creation of a "Greater Iran" that would rule over the entire Middle East and Central Asia, in an event that he said would herald the coming of Islam's expected messiah. Ayatollah Mohammad Bagher Kharrazi said the creation of what he termed an Islamic United States is a central aim of the political party he leads - called Hizbullah, or Party of God. He added that he hoped to make his vision a reality if the party won the next presidential election. Kharrazi's comments revealed the thinking of a growing number of hard-liners in Iran, many of whom have become more radical during the postelection political crisis and the international standoff over the country's nuclear program. Kharrazi, however, is not highly influential in Iran's clerical hierarchy and his views do not represent those of the current government.

2 He said he envisioned a Greater Iran that would stretch from Afghanistan to Israel, bringing about the destruction of the Jewish state. He also said its formation would be a prelude to the reappearance of the Mahdi, a revered ninth-century saint known as the Hidden Imam, whom Muslims believe will reappear before judgment day to end tyranny and promote justice in the world. "The Islamic United States will be an introduction to the formation of the global village of the oppressed and that will be a prelude to the single global rule of the Mahdi," the newspaper quoted him as saying.

3 Israel should be integrated into an Islamic Caliphate, and Hamas and Hizbullah should be respected as legitimate political movements, according to Israeli- Arab MK Masoud Ganaim in an interview with the weekly paper Kul al-Arab, which is published in Israel. The interview was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Ganaim explicitly said that he is opposed to Jewish statehood, stating that his Ra'am Ta'al party is “against the Zionist movement and its racist ideas.” If Israel is absorbed into an Islamic Caliphate, he said, Jews will be allowed to remain in the region.

4 Ganaim is a member of the southern branch of the Islamic Movement, a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Regarding Jerusalem, which Ganaim referred to as “occupied,” the MK said that Arabs must be prepared to fight. “Jerusalem and Al-Aksa [Mosque] are both in danger,” he declared. He backed extremist Muslim leaders in saying that Israel is threatening the Al-Aksa Mosque and plans to rebuild the Temple. When asked if the struggle for Al-Aksa should be peaceful, the MK said Muslims “must not relinquish any means.” Ganaim expressed support for Hamas and Hizbullah, which both strive to destroy Israel. “The Iran-Syria- Hizbullah axis represents the policy of resistance and non-capitulation, so naturally I am with this axis,” he said when asked which side he would support in a battle between Iran and a handful of Arab nations.

5 I will dwell among them The Temples – Past & Future

6 I will dwell among them The Garden – the Separation Genesis 3: 8-11

7 I will dwell among them Abraham, Isaac & Moriah Genesis 22: 1-2

8 I will dwell among them The Tabernacle Exodus 25: 8 Exodus 40: 34-38

9 I will dwell among them King David - Jerusalem II Samuel 5: 6-10 II Samuel 6: 1-2, 17

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12 I will dwell among them King David – “the ark of God remains in a tent.” II Samuel 7: 1-2, 12-13

13 I will dwell among them King David – the threshing floor II Samuel 24: 18-25

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15 I will dwell among them Solomon – builds the 1 st temple II Chronicles 3: 1 I Kings 6: 1, ~966 – 959BC

16 I will dwell among them 1 st temple – the ark & the Glory I Kings 8: BC

17 I will dwell among them What was in the ark? I Kings 8: 9 – two stone tablets Exodus 25: 16, 21 Exodus 40: 20

18 I will dwell among them What was in the ark? Exodus 16: – jar of manna Numbers 17: 8-10 – Aaron’s staff Hebrews 9: 4

19 I will dwell among them 1 st temple ~959 – 586BC

20 I will dwell among them Nebuchadnezzar 9 th of Av, 586BC II Kings 25: 1-2, 8-9,

21 I will dwell among them What about the ark? Jeremiah 3: 16 “…we have always known exactly where it is.” Temple Institute

22 I will dwell among them Israel captive in Babylon Jeremiah 29: 10 – 70 years Daniel 5: 1-6 – Temple treasures 586 – 516BC

23 I will dwell among them Zerubbabel – builds the 2 nd temple Ezra 1: 1-2 Ezra 3: 8-13 ~536 – 516BC Ezra 5: 1-2 Ezra 6: 15, 19

24 I will dwell among them Temple furnishings Jeremiah 27: Ezra 1: 7-11

25 I will dwell among them 1 st temple (Solomon’s) 959 BC 2 nd temple (Zerubbabel’s) 516 BC


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