With the White House now giving full-throated support to the Muslim Brotherhood, and Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman scheduled to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood leadership in
After years of ducking from Iranian-supplied Kassam rockets from
Such a scenario would be a catastrophic conclusion of the 1978 Camp David peace accord between
Israelis fear that
A Muslim Brotherhood takeover could lead to the imposition of Shariah, with far-reaching implications for the rights of women, Christians and minorities, and dramatic changes in
“They will cut relations with
The most hopeful scenario involves a Muslim Brotherhood preoccupied with guaranteeing the livelihood of 85 million Egyptians and not wanting to engage in extremist acts or policies that would endanger
“But whatever happens, the Muslim Brotherhood will have much to say about everything in
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., threatened on Thursday to introduce legislation that would immediately cut off the $1.5 billion in aid the
Such a move would make things worse, alienating the Egyptian military at the very moment we need them most, while empowering and emboldening the Muslim Brotherhood, says Robert Satloff of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
“The most likely agent of peaceful change at the moment — the institution most likely to trigger transition — is the military. The
Other members of Congress want to condition a cutoff in military aid to the formation of a new government that includes the Muslim Brotherhood, as a means of encouraging the Egyptian military to prevent them from coming to power.
Rep. Allen West, a tea party freshman from
“In an uprising such as this, violent, dangerous factions emerge because they are strongest and gain power by intimidation,” West said. “President Obama needs to be more clear that the United States will only support a democratic and peaceful government in Egypt and be firm that groups like the Muslim Brotherhood have no place in the transition to a new Egyptian government. “
In addition, “President Obama needs to keep the security of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Knesset on Wednesday that the future of
“We have two separate worlds here, two opposites, two worldviews: that of the free, democratic world and that of the radical world. Which one of them will prevail in
He made it clear that
“We oppose the forces that seek to enforce a dark despotism, terrorism and war,” he said.
Netanyahu’s real fear is that
“The Iranian regime is not interested in seeing an
Although the agreement has led only to a cold peace,
The prime minister laid down a marker for whoever takes over after Mubarak leaves. “We expect any government of
Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold warned that the Muslim Brotherhood is ideologically wedded to an expansionist version of Islam that bodes ill for the future of
“We have a mistaken tendency in the West to underestimate the hostility of the Muslim Brotherhood not just to
“Remember that the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is the establishment of the caliphate,” the Muslim empire that was abolished by Ataturk in 1924.
Muslim Brotherhood leaders have systematically called for “reconquest” of “Islamic territories” from Andalusia (southern
Gold warned that the West makes two common assumptions about the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which are mistaken.
“First, we assume that the Muslim Brotherhood has dropped its jihadist ideology. This is just not true. And second, we believe that they are fundamentally focused on
As proof, Gold turned to Muhammad Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who gave a sermon in September 2010 stating that "the improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death, just as the enemies pursue life."
He also pointed to statements by Arab leaders such as former Kuwaiti Education Minister Ahmed al-Rubei, that the founders of most modern terrorist groups in the Middle East have emerged “from the mantle” of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Among the most famous:
Abdullah Azzam (of the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood) and Sayyid Qutb (of the Egyptian — Muslim Brotherhood), whose star pupil was Osama bin Laden.
Ayman al-Zawahiri (bin Laden's deputy), who grew up in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and was jailed for his involvement in the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (the al-Qaida mastermind of the 9/11 attacks), who came out of the Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood.
Some members of Congress do not believe the Muslim Brotherhood represents a threat.
In a radio interview last week with WBAL in Baltimore, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had changed and was now a “force for moderation” in
Ruppersberger has been named the ranking member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence but does not appear to be aware of recent statements from Muslim Brotherhood leaders.