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March 15, 2012

Where’s the Coverage? Egyptian Parliament Declares Israel Enemy #1

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On March 12, 2012, the Arab Affairs Committee of the newly-elected Egyptian parliament issued a report declaring Israel Egypt’s “number one enemy.”

According to the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the committee’s statement also called for Egypt to, among other things:

· “Reconsider its entire relationship and agreements with this enemy”
· Expel the Israeli ambassador and recall the Egyptian ambassador from Israel
· Support the armed Palestinian struggle against Israel (remember, the Muslim Brotherhood is the parent of Hamas)
· Re-adopt the total Arab boycott of Israel

The house then voted unanimously to support the report. The Egyptian parliament is dominated by leftist parties, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (note the Orwellian terminology), and their even more reactionary allies, the Salafi party.

Last month, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified on Capitol Hill that the Muslim Brotherhood has "pursued social ends" and a "betterment of the political order," and added:

The term “Muslim Brotherhood” … is an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence…

Clapper later clarified that “he is well aware that the Muslim Brotherhood is not a secular organization.” Is he also aware that they are not working to “pursue social ends” or a “betterment of the political order” and have not “eschewed violence”?

For now, Egyptian policy is set by the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, however the military has said it will hand over power after presidential elections scheduled for May 23-24. This does not bode well for the future of Egypt’s relationship with its #1 enemy, Israel, or for the U.S.-brokered Camp David Peace Accord.

Have you heard much about this in the U.S. press?
Has this been on the front page of the New York Times?
Where’s the coverage?

Posted by SC at March 15, 2012 01:37 PM

Comments

The last thing Thomas Friedman wants to do is speak out against Egyptian fascism.

Posted by: Ed Frias at March 16, 2012 08:33 AM

Mubarak during his many years in power did nothing to change the mind-set of the Egyptian people toward Israel. It is therefor not surprising that now their never-extinguished and typical Arab hatred for Israel and Jews is emerging. Mubarak tried to play it both ways by adhering to the cold peace but not antagonizing his own people whose fundamental outlook he well knew. I give the Israel-Egypt pact a very dim and brief future. That, as Walter Cronkite used to say, is how it is. Peace between Israel and the Arabs is not going to occur, if it ever does, in the forseeable future.

Posted by: elliot stamler at March 22, 2012 11:56 AM

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