Iran, Hamas Relish Muslim Brotherhood Win in Egypt

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In comments posted by Iran’s Fars News Agency that are ominous but not surprising, Egypt’s newly elected Muslim Brotherhood president Muhamed Morsi said Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel will be “revise[d],” blasted Egypt’s military leaders for dissolving its Islamist-dominated parliament, and asserted that forging relations with Iran is “part of my agenda” and would “create a strategic balance in the region.”

The Iranian Armed Forces, for their part, lauded Morsi’s victory as “the first stage of Egypt’s revolution in the era of Islamic Awakening.” They also called on the Egyptian military—the main opposition to the Egyptian Islamists—to “welcome this divine blessing with open arms” and share in the building of Egypt “based on Islamic foundations….”

Under former president Hosni Mubarak, Sunni-Arab Egypt led the regional bloc that opposed Shiite-Persian Iran. In one case in 2009, Egypt rounded up an Iranian-backed Hizbullah espionage ring in the country that aimed to bring down Mubarak’s regime.

It is, of course, always notable how easily Sunni and Shiite radicals—who in other contexts, like Iraq in recent years, fight each other savagely—will sometimes emerge as the best of friends. In this case, visions of jointly destroying Israel and subjugating the whole Middle East have evoked an orgy of smiles between Tehran and the Islamist faction in Cairo.

Hamas, too—formerly an Iranian client and recently moving back into the Brotherhood’s embrace—celebrated Morsi’s win in Gaza along with the population. Hamas head of government Ismail Haniyeh told Reuters TV that “We will look to Egypt to play a big, leading role…in helping the Palestinian nation get freedom [and] return home….”

Another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, said, “We are ready to sacrifice our blood to protect Egyptian soldiers” as sweets were handed out to Egyptian-flag-waving civilians in the streets.

Naturally, Israel’s reaction to Morsi’s triumph is quite different.

Israelis are aware that Egypt’s Supreme Military Council (SCAF) made a major move last week—in addition to earlier dissolving the parliament—to curtail the Islamists’ powers, including the president’s power to declare war. Eyal Zisser, a Middle East specialist at Tel Aviv University, noted that “The military is hoping that Morsi loses his momentum quickly”—and also “hope[s] to get rid of him in the same manner that they dispersed the parliament.

But Zisser added: “We can only hope that…it won’t be the Islamists who have the last laugh. In Turkey, after all, the generals who anticipated Erdogan’s political demise after he won the premiership are now sitting behind bars.”

Veteran military commentator Ron Ben Yishai was also somber, writing that “for the first time in Egypt’s history, the country’s government adheres to blatant religious-Islamist ideology… regardless of the ongoing power struggle between the Muslim Brotherhood and the generals of the Supreme Military Council.”

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  • Marty

    It's at least a good thing that the muslim brotherhood considers shiites in iran and elsewhere to be heretics and therefore richly deserving of death. They hate each other at least as much as both hate Israel. Nearly half the egyptian voters actually preferred a candidate who is a corrupt leftover from the mubarak regime. Hopefully, this means that the new government will be forced to focus on feeding its population (100,000 new egyptians are added each month) and leave Israel alone for the time being. Females and coptic christians are understandably very nervous. morsi also must pay attention to what his generals are telling him (probably that they can't win a war with Israel and that a conflict would destroy what remains of the egyptian economy). Let us hope that even the muslim brotherhood retains some semblance of rational thought.

    • SAM000

      The Islamists are not able to resolve the economic and social needs of the nation, in the Islamists mind the people are the SUBJECTS under the governance of the representatives of ALLAH.
      The SUBJECTS do never protest the GOVERNANCE OF ALLAH, the PROTESTORS are judged to be the FIGHTERS against ALLAH or MOHAREB-ALLAH.
      Those fighters are purely and simply condemned to death.
      But, somewhere you are right, the Islamists can not execute the whole population under the pretext that they are ANTI-ALLAH, So, they create a war to externalize the problem. Egypt will create the war against Israel very soon.
      In Iran, khomeiny felt that the reality of the 50 Millions needs are beyond his Islamic Regime, that is why he created the war against IRAQ and now against Israel, the only reason that the Islamic Regime of Iran do not open the war against Israel is that, the Mullahs are scared to be overthrown be the Iranian Resistance if they concentrate their repression troops in a war outside of country, AS KHOMEINY SAID, "ENEMY OF ISLAM IS NOT AT WASHINGTON OR TELAVIV, ENEMY OF ISLAM IS INSIDE THE COUNTRY and his name is the MONAFEGH", this was some 30 years ago where the Islamic Regime of Khomeiny was born and it was "very popular" ( according the propaganda of the lefties of USA and EU).
      But now, 30 years after, the minimum of ms-concentration of the repression forces from the internal upraising will cost the annihilation of the ISLAMIC REGIME OF IRAN, this is why the mullahs are looking for nuclear bomb.
      Iran's Regime for his survival has concentrated all his efforts around two subjects:
      1 – eliminating the RESISTANCE ORGANIZATION called MEK (the Regime calls them Monafegh).
      2 – Nuclear BOMB.

      USA and EU are opposing the Mullahs Nuclear BOMB, USA of OBAMA has suggested the Mullahs the RESISTANCE of MEK for their Nuclear BOMB, that's why USA keeps on his terror list the name of MEK (Iranian Resistance Organization).
      USA of OBAMA is the biggest barrage against the people who want to destroy the Islamic powers.
      USA administrations have tolerated and appeased the Islamic powers till now, BUT OBAMA's administration goes beyond the current appeasements and incentives, USA of OBAMA supports actively the Islamic Powers against the people.

  • H&R_ Barack

    Obama's Egypt is Jimmy Carter's Iran!

    ..except that Jimmy Carter was a baptist……

  • Ghostwriter

    I doubt that the Muslim Brotherhood is CAPABLE of rational thought.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When starvation starts taking lives in Egypt the Muslim mobs will attack and rob all non Islamists
    who will be the first to go in the Islamist purge which spares the military the onus and possible
    loss of American funding. The tactic of using the mob in the street gives the government a fall
    guy in order to avoid direct blame. Corruption is rampant where there is no economy. Lunacy
    is a great tool of evil masters……………………………….William

  • Schlomotion

    Isn't Israel "hostile" to its neighbors "based on its very nature and worldview?" Aren't Political Judaists saying that Israel is the Land of the Jews but that a Land of the Muslims cannot be allowed to take root anywhere near them, even where they already exist, even over on the next continent?