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Israel and the United States face a common global enemy – Islamist jihadism – which both the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas embody. “Democracy,” in the eyes of both organizations, is only a tactical means to securing power, which is to be exercised in the service of sharia law, jihad and Islamic supremacy.
While Israel experienced the tragic human toll of Islamic jihadism first, 9/11 brought it directly to our shores. David Horowitz was perfectly correct when he said that “Israel is the canary in the mine. What happens to Israel will eventually happen to America itself.”
Both Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood have eulogized the jihadist terrorist in chief and architect of 9/11, Osama bin Laden. Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, condemned the United States for killing bin Laden, whom he praised as “a Muslim and Arabic warrior.” The Muslim Brotherhood described bin Laden as a “Sheikh,” and also condemned his assassination.
If the Obama administration thinks that helping to empower a Muslim Brotherhood-led Sunni Islamist crescent is an effective way to counter the so-called Iranian-led Shia crescent across the Middle East region, it should think again. Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood have put traditional Sunni-Shia religious differences aside and forged close ties with the Iranian regime.
The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood openly sided with Ayatollah Khomeini’s establishment of an Islamic theocracy in Iran. The Iranian regime is returning the favor as the chief sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian offshoot, Hamas. And Iran’s government is also the model of “a good government” for Egypt according to Kamal al-Halbavi, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Kamal al-Halbavi expressed gratitude to the Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei for his support of the Egyptian revolution and said he hoped that Egypt would have a “good government, like the Iranian government, and a good president like Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is very brave.”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi has defended Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology and called for unity among Islamic nations in support of Iran and against the United States:
Iran is a Muslim country which all Muslims should defend while the US is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support.
In sum, the Obama administration’s engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood is not only potentially lethal to Israel. It is potentially lethal to the national security of the United States itself.
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To get the whole story on why the Left helps empower Islamists, read Jamie Glazov’s book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.
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