Brotherhood Makes Its Move in Egypt

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One observer of Egyptian politics, Mazen Hassan, a political science professor at Cairo University, said, “It has the perfect bits and pieces by which [parliament] can gain popularity.” Indeed, the parliament voted two other measures that promised to be very popular among the nationalist-minded Egyptian populace.

Both measures are largely symbolic, but represent an ominous sign of things to come. First, the parliament, by a show of hands, accepted a report by the Arab Committee that called for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, the recall of the Egyptian ambassador from Israel, and a halt to the sales of natural gas to the Jewish state. The Islamists also introduced a measure that would cut the $1.3 billion in aid from the US to Egypt. Both issues are a challenge to the military government, which has reserved the power to make such decisions. But the popular sentiment expressed in both resolutions will strengthen the hand of the Brotherhood going into the presidential elections. It may also get the military to compromise on the make-up of the government, putting some Islamist ministers in power if the no confidence vote is successful.

The report from the Arab Committee is an interesting document for those who still believe that the Muslim Brotherhood can be trusted. One of those trusting souls is Jimmy Carter who responded to a question from a talk show host asking if he saw Egypt “moving away” from the peace treaty with Israel. Said Carter:

They assured me personally and they have made public statements accordingly that they will honor the peace treaty that I helped negotiate in 1979. They know its very important to Egypt to maintain peace with Israel and I don’t have any doubt that they will carry out their promise to me.

On Monday, Egypt’s parliament asked the military to “review all relations and agreements” with Israel, which it described as Egypt and the Arab world’s “number one enemy.”

“Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend, partner or ally of the Zionist entity (Israel), which we consider to be the number one enemy of Egypt and the Arab nation,” said the report. That seems clear enough for anyone — even someone as oblivious as the former president. The report also endorsed the Palestinian resistance “in all its kinds and forms” against Israel’s “aggressive policies.” Presumably, this means supporting the blowing up of civilians in terrorist attacks and launching rocket barrages into towns and cities.

While the acceptance of the committee report will not immediately affect relations with the Jewish state, Israel has to be alarmed at the rank hatred expressed in such a document and the determination of the Islamists to sever ties — even though it would risk war.

As with the vote on Israel, the measure introduced to refuse US aid is not really in the purview of parliament to consider — at this point in time. Once a president is elected, parliament will write a new constitution where it is expected that the power of the president (and the military council that backs him) will be reduced and the power of the legislature increased. The Brotherhood may very well take such decisions about Israel and the US out of the hands of the president and write them into parliament’s powers. Obviously, regional stability will ride on the outcome of that tug-of-war. But the military is not expected to cede power easily, and there may be other issues the Islamists feel would be worth fighting for that might take precedence over a foreign policy portfolio for parliament. But when it comes to the Brotherhood’s hatred of Israel, any outcome is possible.

These moves by the Islamists in parliament are the opening gambit in what promises to be a tense jockeying for power and influence in the Egyptian government over the next several months. Even the presidential elections won’t settle the power sharing arrangement between civilians and the military. Much will depend on how the military sees the future of Egypt and whether it would be amendable to giving up some of its influence in order to achieve a peaceful, stable society.

No one is betting on that outcome. Nor is anyone wagering that the Muslim Brotherhood will moderate its views toward Israel or the US.

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  • Johanne Wayne

    So long as they are able to make a good working relationship and their communication is effective then I am sure many people would be able to good brotherhood. Fab Defense

    • JoJoJams

      this is a spammer trying to get peops to take the link – DON"T TAKE THE LINK.

  • maturin20

    Hard to imagine any country passing over 1.3 billion. That buys a lot of ideology.

    • http://www.numbersusa.com/content/ First_One

      They will take our money then use it to murder anyone who it not a devil worshiping Muslim like themselves.

      • maturin20

        Such a bleak future. Will they ever stop for lunch?

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

          They haven't stopped for lunch since the Byzantine Empire.

          • maturin20

            If that were true, there'd be no Pita Huts.

  • Larry

    The US should stop all aid, particularly military, asap, and so should every other civilized country. Any aid given to Egypt will only be used to attack Israel.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      The blood being spilled is on Obama's hands. He was for this knowing how things went in Iran.

      There was no excuse other than his muslim heritage.

      • Arab Bling

        And if that doesn't rain on the leftist parade, Obama has to own the fact that visiting the Pyramids is now a much dicier proposition.

  • jacob

    OBAMA will allow defunding the Brotherhood he is so fond of ???
    Even if Congress votes for, rest assured he'll find a way to circumvent it
    Wishful thinking at best…
    And by the way, what is this DoJ blocking the Texas ID voting requirement ????
    It would stop cemeteries from voting Democrap and therefore, it must be fought tooth and nail
    RIGHT ???

  • Ed Frias

    What do you expect from such a backwards people.
    the Arab world needs hatred of Israel to divert attention to their failings as a people.
    Everywhere their is Islam, their is Terror.

  • maturin20

    Shades of the French Revolution.

  • BLJ

    Gee, the Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt? Say it ain't so! I guess when they have the POTUS on their side it was bound to happen.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      Just a matter of him deciding how to get around the checks and balances in place to stop a petty dictator like him.

  • joy52

    Since the newly elected Egyptian legislature has made itself crystal clear, more power to them to continue on the path they are on to show everyone who they are and to show just how well their chosen system works! Let their progress continue. And they don't need us.

  • Im_Old_BBart_School

    Muslim Brotherhood???

    SORRY!

    There has never been a civilization or a nation referred to as "Palestine!" ……

    ……..and Obama's very notion of a "Palestinian Arab nation" –

    ………….having ancient attachments to the Holy Land going back to time immemorial is one of the biggest hoaxes ever perpetrated upon the world!

  • Bartimaeus

    Biblically speaking, there is a bright future for Egypt. Apparently, Egypt will pass through grave difficulties first and these difficulties are of a governmental and spiritual nature. Anyone interested can check out Isaiah 19. The later verses are clearly millennial. It seems utterly fantastic, but with God nothing shall be impossible.

  • Whos_John_Galt

    .
    ..da HOOD is da hood,

    Very often one hears the revisionists and propagandists finding ancient historical links between the "Philistines" ("Invaders" in Hebrew) and the Arab "Palestinians."

    There is no truth to this claim!

    The Philistines were one of a number of Sea Peoples who reached the eastern Mediterranean region approximately 1250-1100 B.C.E.

  • Whos_John_Galt

    .
    Let's MOVE-ON ….The Muslim Brotherhood, Genocide, and Obama

    The Muslim Brotherhood has just issued an ultimatum to the Israeli ambassador in Egypt, telling him to "leave Egypt or die."

    Read more: <a href="http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/the_muslim_brotherhood_genocide_and_obama.html#ixzz1p1aKdvPs” target=”_blank”>http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/the_muslim_brotherhood_genocide_and_obama.html#ixzz1p1aKdvPs

    Obama Is Dangerous for Peace.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      And his agenda is working, partly in thanks due to our failed republican leadership in the house.

      Boehner does nothing as the dictator gathers power.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

        Yes, we lose.
        And the marxist march us down towards the cliff right on schedule.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The majority Islamist Egyptian parliament moved on several fronts in the past two days to flex its muscles and challenge the authority of the military-appointed government.

    In other words, what this writer is really saying is: The majority “radical Muslim” Egyptian parliament moved on several fronts in the past two days to flex its muscles and challenge the authority of the military-appointed government.

    Excuse me, but I don't believe in the PC multicultural myth that foolishly divides the population of Muslims in the world between a so-called radical Muslim camp and a so-called moderate Muslim camp, as besides being ludicrous, that is demonstrably false, and if the writer isn't informed enough to at least know that much about Islam, then certainly the writer isn't competent to write about issues concerning Islam. Hence, I urge everyone to take everything he writes with a great big grain of salt.

    Indeed, that false PC multicultural myth whereby the population of Muslims is divided between radical and moderate camps is one of those false PC multicultural myths and misconceptions about Islam that the fantasy based nation-building missions in Iraq and Afghanistan were premised on. It is also one of the major reasons why both the Iraq and Afghanistan nation-building missions inevitably turned into the two biggest strategic blunders ever in American history. The truth is all Muslims in the world are the eternal mortal enemies of all non-Muslim unbelievers. Otherwise, they are blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM must be executed.

    But the military is not expected to cede power easily, and there may be other issues the Islamists feel would be worth fighting for that might take precedence over a foreign policy portfolio for parliament.

    But the military is not expected to cede power easily, and there may be other issues the “radical Muslims” feel would be worth fighting for that might take precedence over a foreign policy portfolio for parliament.

    Yeah….I think this less than competent writer is just bowing down to the tyranny of the Left in abject dhimmitude.

    But when it comes to the Brotherhood’s hatred of Israel, any outcome is possible.

    Uhm…it's not just the Muslim Brotherhood's hatred of Israel. It's all Muslims in the world that hate the Jewish unbelievers in Israel and indeed all other non-Muslim unbelievers in the world as well, and yes including even the writer.

    Everything the writer has written was inevitable the instant Mubarak was ousted. Just like everything that occurred in Iran after the Shah was ousted was also inevitable.

    • maturin20

      If so much was inevitable, what remains to be evitable?

  • maturin20

    Who is the architect of this genocide? What steps have they taken?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      Google it.
      Then google where the Coptic population centers are. More Copts are out of Egypt than in it.

      • maturin20

        I googled it. The Copts seem to be standing their ground. Thousands have left Egypt, but millions remain.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

          http://www.meforum.org/23/egypt-persecution
          one in three live outside egypt.
          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-15235
          And the genocide is still grinding along.

          In South Africa apartheid was called a human rights abuse. Here it's overlooked and ignored.

          • maturin20

            It's certainly a concern, although your first source is 10 years old. What would you suggest be done to quell the violence?

          • Arab Bling

            The root problem is islam. Quell islam and you will see a much more peaceful world.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            The religion of peace?
            Wow, are you allowed to say that?

          • Arab Bling

            Fortunately, for the time being I can. We are long overdue for the rest of Christiandom, the United States and ultimately the World to recognize that islam is an evil satanic cult, as evidenced by its guidelines for its practictioners to practice murder, terrorism, deception, mysogeny, pedophilia, etc. etc. Also- for its veneration of a so-called prophet who was a murderer, a terrorist, a deceiver, a mysogenist, a pedophile etc. etc. as the "most perfect example of a human being". Barf. We know who the One and Only Perfect Human Being is, and it isn't mudhamman by a longshot.

          • maturin20

            How would you quell Islam?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            We could start by insisting they live by the rule of law. And not the law from the 8th century that stones rape victims.
            http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7708169.stm

            If they want to live in any wester country – no sharia. Push it's extremists to it's previous territory. That would keep us busy for a while.

          • Arab Bling

            They can all stand shoulder-to-shoulder in Saudi Arabia and pound sand. Yeah- push them back to their original terroritory. Oooooh I think I just coined a new word by typo……

          • maturin20

            What western countries allow for Sharia?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            You can do your own homework you know.
            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1196165/B

            But they're fighting for it all over the place, everywhere they immigrate to. http://www.canadianlawsite.ca/sharia-law-canada.hhttp://www.thelocal.de/politics/20120204-40537.hthttp://mnprager.wordpress.com/2011/01/26/the-fate

          • maturin20

            I meant actual examples, not symbolic losses that enraged the Israel Lobby.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            I'm not a Jew. And you shouldn't have to be a Jew to resist a forced style of life that advocates suicide bombs and stoning rape victims.

            Have you read about the case against Christian missionaries arrested in Dearborn a year or so ago?

          • maturin20

            You don't have to be Jewish to be part of the Israel Lobby.

            I read about it just now. The arrests were overturned by the court and they can return to distributing their leaflets around the festival.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            No thanks to the muslim crowd and the muslim friendly city police. And it went to the appeals courts.

            And they were stopped from talking to people at the fair, in an attempt to allow sharia out of political correctness.

          • maturin20

            So what if it went to the appellate court? All sorts of cases go there, it doesn't indicate anything sinister beyond the low quality of the US judiciary in many areas. This is a mountain out of a molehill.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            You're using a straw man argument.
            Your original argument was that sharia isn't making inroads, I showed it was struggling to get case law in their favor and you're working to switch to something else now that I've showed you were wrong.

          • maturin20

            I didn't have an original argument, I was asking Rebas how they'd go about quelling Islam.

            "Struggling" to get case law in its favor, or "failing"? Because so far, "failing" is all I've seen from the sources you present. It's no threat to Western life or culture or anything else. To say otherwise is to be trivial and afraid.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Try counting up 7 comments.

            And had you lived in the 9th century you would have said that to the Byzantine empire too no doubt.

          • maturin20

            Yes, all the sources that you linked reveal that sharia has had no success at becoming an element in Western courts.

            I probably would have said something cooler, like "Die, Viking dog, die!"

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Are you going to pretend I linked to cooking tips or how to guides on wearing burkas?

          • maturin20

            Smoke it you got 'em.

          • Rebas Thgil

            "What western countries allow for Sharia?"

            Do you intend to indicate that you have not heard of the sharia footholds in Holland, Britain and France, as examples?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            He pretends that it's not really an example. You know, facts are such irritating things.

          • maturin20

            That's right. I haven't heard of any western countries using Sharia in any of their courts or case law. I have heard of Muslim communities in Western countries using Sharia to guide and control individual and group behavior, but nothing that suggests that there is any serious effort to replace the various branches of Western law with any school of Sharia.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Other than Britain?

          • maturin20

            Not even Britain. Perhaps you'd care to cite a High Court or Crown Court opinion that says otherwise.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Um, I have already given you a link to the sharia courts in Britain.

            This must be so embarrassing for you.

          • maturin20

            Your link suggested that there are a few sharia courts in Britain whose decisions are subject to Britain's national courts. Essentially, they are taking some fairly trivial matters off the dockets of Britain's official courts. If you can find a judge in Britain who says "You know, chaps, why don't we ditch our centuries of British common law and start using sharia to draft legislation and impose sentences?", without being laughed out of the pub, I'll eat my hat.

          • Rebas Thgil

            Would you like some Grey Poupon with that?

          • maturin20

            I prefer German mustards.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Either there is equal law or there isn't.

            In England sharia courts have a different law for people that may not want it, like women or children.

            Justice is supposed to be blind so it metes out punishment fairly, not because it ignores injustice.

          • maturin20

            There isn't. Equal law, I mean. We all know that much.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            And sharia is making inroads.

          • maturin20

            No more than Talmudic law.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Provide links please.
            Did Jews have Christians arrested and almost mobbed at a talmudic festival?

          • maturin20

            There are numerous amusing anecdotes about rabbis trying to get special pathways set up going through universities on Yom Kippur and making sure Christmas displays get taken down and the like. I was once accosted by a rabbi for speaking while he was blowing a shofar on the sidewalk, I laugh and shrug these things off, but in the old days, people used to say it was Jewish Talmudic tribal law and Jews used to shriek that it was racist and religiously bigoted to say so. Now it is all projected onto Muslims.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            So, you had nothing?

            Can I make up similar stories about islam and sharia? You didn't accept them with links, why should I give credence to yours without them?

          • maturin20

            Here's a funny one: No bike riding allowed on Yom Kippur: http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id… There was another funny dispute where a Rabbi had a fight with a college over his right to nail mezuzahs up all over a college to mark a Yom Kippur trail but apparently it was laughed off the internet.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            What the civic laws are inside Israel for their holidays are not the same as the muslim in our western city arresting and trying to destroy the possibility of Christians to 'postalize' the muslims at a public street festival.

            Is that the best you can do?

          • maturin20

            I have been alive for quite some time, long enough to have a good laugh at some very self-serious and angry Jewish people making it look like Christmas trees and nativity scenes were a violation of the separation of Church and State and a second Holocaust.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            So, you have nothing but the oldest of muslim talking points?

            I'm wondering why I'm not surprised.

          • maturin20

            Are you one of those people who demands links as proof someone being right? I know one of those guys.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Areyouone of those peoplewhobrushedofflinkstoexamplesas'symbolic' examplesandthenignoredthecontentofthoselinks?

            Yes.

          • Arab Bling

            Educate until the world recognizes the evil scourge that it is. Encourage the world to actively and continuously repudiate it in all possible forms and manner of communication. The world has to come to the full understanding that islam is more evil, insidious and detestable than the KKK. Slavery? yeah- islam has that too. Racism / Bigotry? You betcha, as islam despises, looks down upon, tries to convert and condemns to death if unsuccessful everyone who is not muslim and with extreme prejudice against Jews in particular. Islam makes the KKK look like a bunch of choirboys, so it's about time that every one in the country recognize and detest it for what it is. And that's just getting started……

          • maturin20

            What does it mean to "actively and continuously repudiate it"?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Why should everyone spoon feed you? The words have definitions and there are free dictionaries on line.

          • maturin20

            True, but having read and memorized those, your usage is highly suspect.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            It was Reba's usage.
            And don't you think that the religion that leads to extremists bears a lot of attention before there are even more victims like Van Gogh?

          • Rebas Thgil

            some quagmires are so viscous that they would slow down a light saber……

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Quagmires are progressive liberals?

          • maturin20

            People have always killed each other, for all sorts of reasons. What makes one killing worse than another?

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            You must not be familiar with western thinking.
            There are different levels of punishments for murder, or manslaughter. Someone who accidentally causes death by running a stop light isn't treated the same as a serial murderer that plays with his victims as he slowly kills them.

            Read up on the criminal justice system and ask again when you're serious.

          • maturin20

            Oh, I'm serious.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Yes, and I'm trying to be civil in spite of that.

            Anyone else would have me laughing by now.

          • maturin20

            Go ahead and laugh, it's good for us all. I laugh all the time on FPM.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

            Somehow I'm not shocked at all.

  • http://www.numbersusa.com/content/ First_One

    Another soccer riot breaks out.

  • RoguePatriot6

    Should this be a surprise?……..No.

    Has anyone caught the pattern yet? Everywere Islam goes or emerges, so does the hatred. When Arab Spring first started, I used to think that Obama was committing a typical mistake when dealing with it however I don't think that he's making a mistake at all. This was all planned and executed. He wanted the Islamists (not just the Muslim Brotherhood) to have control of these countries. He really means to throw Israel right under the bus. He really means wipe Jews off the face of the map. I'm looking more at what's being done than lip service. We are what we do. People need to step back and look at the actions that's been taken instead of what's been said by this administration and it's brainwashied followers. (CONT'D)

  • RoguePatriot6

    Let's take an even closer look at what Hillary has DONE recently. She and Obama attended a OIC convention and pretty much sold our rights of "freedom of speech" to these goons back in December 2011. They are trying to make speaking against Islam a crime and set out to enforce it through the U.N., a surprise?…….NOT!!! Yet, she claims that she's for women's rights and freedom of speech. Ignore the words and look at the acts.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The military give up power for a peaceful orderly society, who is drinking the cool aid here. They are a riot
    looking for a place to happen and victims to kill. Israel must look towards taking back the Sinai peninsula,
    fortefying the border and letting the Egyptian masses know that no matter what the Mullahs say, food
    and life does not eminate from the Mosque, they better look towards tourism and agriculture which
    means being sane or being desperate………………………………………………William

    • Fred Dawes

      you can see

    • Larry

      Israel should also give them back the population of the Gaza strip at the same time. The Egyptians created that festering pustule, let them deal with the results.

  • Fred Dawes

    Blood is coming here like a river and if you don't see that fact you are a middle east monkey you will see mass oppression here and mass murder by obama government.

  • Coptic John

    It wasn't a revolution at all nor meant to be … Tantawy and the military council were craving to overthrow Gamal Mubarak from being next president … So they wanted it to look like a " Revolution " in front of the whole world (coup d'etat ensues UN interference even by military means ) … So they needed a front group which is capable of assembling and instigating people in streets ( which is MB of course ). and throw contrived plan to spread the ruckus and depleting the Police forces, that will make Mubarak to deploy the Army which will seize power and oust Mubarak, and then to share plunder with their accomplice MB, the parliament for them and presidency for the military's nominee … and between those two evil forces I think we gonna see a Coptic diaspora

  • KarshiKhanabad

    America should lift its torch beside the golden door, and welcome the Copts, Melkites, Chaldeans, Assyrians, and all Christians from the hellhole that is now the Islamic Middle East.

    Hey, wait a second, aren't all those Christian minorities in fact the descendants of the peoples indigenous to the Middle East before it was overrun by the conquering Islamic hordes out of the Arabian peninsula?

    Is there a pattern here?

  • Flowerknife_us

    I feel so much better now that I know jimmy Carter is the equivelent of the little Dutch Boy with his finger in the dyke of islamic hatred.

  • maghrebchristians

    Freedom won't be coming to egypt but i wonder if people would listen and put with their new law they instablish, in Morocco a girl killed herself because she had to marry the person who had rape her.
    http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/03/14/moroc

    Youssef