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The chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has called on the country’s next parliament to review the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords with Israel, which led to the 1979 peace treaty between the two countries and the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1980, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
In addressing the issue of Palestinians who launched demonstrations on the “al-Naqba,” or catastrophe, which they call the creation of Israel, Mohamed Badie urged the Egyptian parliament to review the accords, end diplomatic recognition between the two countries and cancel the natural gas agreement Egypt has with Israel.
In addition, Badie intends to work for the permanent opening of the Rafah crossing point with the Gaza Strip from Egypt in an effort to end the issue of securing the borders of the “Zionists.”
The Muslim Brotherhood chairman’s appeal comes just as U.S. President Barack Obama intends to give a new message on the Middle East following the death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden to assure Muslims that the U.S. supports democratic change across the Middle East and North Africa, although some critics question that motive.
The last time Obama gave a speech about Muslins, he presented it in 2009 at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt – where the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is based.
Just as Badie called for ending the Camp David Peace Accords, Frank Gaffney, who is president of the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, warned that if the Brotherhood comes to power in Egypt and in some 13 other countries, there is no chance that U.S. – and by extension Israel’s – interests will be served in an Obama outreach to Muslims.
He said that the reality of reaching out to such entities as the Brotherhood can be seen in the “jihadist nature” of the Ikhwan, or brotherhood.
“While some have claimed the organization is non-violent and, in the words of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, even ‘largely secular’ – the most cursory examination of the Muslim Brotherhood’s own words makes clear that such assertions are unfounded, and dangerously so,” Gaffney said.
Badie’s most recent comments seem to bear out Gaffney’s observation but may have popular appeal inside Egypt.
“It represents an ideological position that may appeal to large swaths of the Egyptian population,” said Emad Gad, head of the Israeli studies program at Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo.
Badie said that the Camp David Peace Accords had lost all credibility and he described them as not complying with the rulings of Islam. He also claimed that they were prone to “disaster” since the text of the accords was “full of uncertainties.”
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