Jordan’s King Abdullah likened the Islamic State terror group’s “expansionist ideology” to that of the Nazis during an address to the European Union parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday.
“There are those living in Europe today who remembers the ravages that struck the continent in the late 1930s and the World War that followed because of an aggressive, expansionist ideology based on hate and disregard for the very essence of humanity,” Abdullah said, the Petra News Agency reported.
“Today, we are fighting a similar war. A war against an expansionist ideology that feeds on hate; that is committing murder in the name of God and religion to justify evil actions that no religion tolerates, a war against terrorist who disrespect Islam’s values and humanity’s values,” he added, saying that Europe’s role is “vital” in combating Islamic State.
Jordan, a U.S. ally and a peaceful neighbor of Israel, stepped up its efforts to combat Islamic State following an execution video of a Jordanian pilot captured by the terror group last month.
Regarding the continuing persecution of Middle East Christians, Abdullah said he was “outraged and grieved” by recent attacks against Christians and other minority communities, calling it an “offense against humanity as well as Islam.”
“Arab Christians are an integral part of our region’s past, present and future,” said Abdullah.
The king also bemoaned the stalled peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, calling for renewed momentum to “chart the way forward towards a final, comprehensive settlement.”