The male San Bernardino shooter was obsessed with Israel, his father told the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
In excerpts of La Stampa‘s interview cited by The Jerusalem Post, Sayed Farook, father of Sayed Rizan Farook, said his son was “an angel. Good, obedient studious. Maybe a little too shy, conservative and firmly against Israel.”
Upon learning that his son was a follower of radical Islam and “the ideals outlined by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” the elder Farook tried to dissuade the younger from committing acts of violence.
“In two years, Israel won’t exist anymore,” he recalled telling his son. “Geopolitics is changing in Russia, China and America, too.
“Nobody wants the Jews. What use is it to fight? We have tried it and we lost. Israel does not fight with weapons, but rather with politics.”
But the father’s efforts to discourage his son from terror were not successful.
“You break your back to raise a child and lose him like this? How can you recover from such a tragedy. I’m 67 years old and my life here is finished.”