Newly discovered statements by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the man behind the Ground Zero mosque project, show he supports the destruction of Israel. His supporters may hold him up as a moderate, but he has spoken out in favor of a "one-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and he sees peace agreements with Israel as a means to that end.
"And I personally — my own personal analysis tells me that a one-state solution is a more coherent one than a two-state solution," Imam Rauf told an audience in July 2005. The phrase "one-state solution" is often used by Islamic extremists to advocate the destruction of Israel, especially by those parading as moderates. It is said with the knowledge that any "one-state solution" would result in the Jews being outnumbered in their own land, replacing Israel with a Muslim state called Palestine.
A letter to the editor written by Imam Rauf on November 27, 1977 puts to rest any doubt that Rauf could have been misinterpreted. In it, he wrote that he supports Egypt's peace treaty with Israel, but only because it would ultimately bring victory over Israel. He reminds Muslims that Muhammad received similar resistance to his own peace treaty with their enemies but "peace turned out to be a most effective weapon against the unbeliever."