Scrap Israel Peace Treaty? Taking Yes for an Answer from the Muslim Brotherhood

Well, that was quick. The Muslim Brotherhood wants to destroy Israel so much that it can’t keep its mouth shut when it really needs to. A deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has just confirmed what we knew all along (and by “we,” I mean all of us who aren’t blind apologists of the “moderate” group):

After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel.

This comes shortly after another Muslim Brotherhood leader in Egypt said that the Suez Canal should be closed to bring about Mubarak’s fall (which makes me think of those unconfirmed reports of Hamas members entering Egypt) and that “the people should be prepared for war with Israel.”

Scrapping the peace treaty with Israel was always on the Brotherhood agenda, but I initially assumed that the group would focus on reforms and other actions to address the immediate concerns of the Egyptian people. Sort of like how a politician may run on a platform about the economy to get elected, and then move to something else he is passionate about once he addresses that.

On the plus side of things, the curtain has just dropped. The world will now know that the Brotherhood isn’t just a group of swell guys with religious faith, no matter what Mohammed El-Baradei says. And their coalition partners in Egypt and their affiliates in the U.S., like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, will be put in an uncomfortable position when they are forced to defend the group.

The Brotherhood’s anti-Israel fervor could hurt them in Egypt, even if a large majority of Egyptians hate Israel. If they move too fast on this issue at the expense of tackling the problems most affecting the Egyptian people, that could provide an opportunity for their opponents to present themselves as the more credible voices on those issues.

Am I the only one who appreciates the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s honesty?