The Battle for Egypt
The United States is not the only country that is working on the mission to see the Muslim Brotherhood rule over the entire Middle East, and the senior partner in the project is Europe. The undiplomatic behavior of the Americans and the Europeans is not new: when President Obama visited Cairo in 2009 to deliver his speech to the Islamic nation, he chose to meet with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, the host’s sworn enemy, which was the real reason that Mubarak was not present at Obama’s speech. Mubarak’s excuse was the death of his grandson two weeks prior.
There is a rumor in Egypt that in last year’s elections, Ahmed Shafiq, Morsi’s competitor, actually won, but that American pressure on the military government led to Morsi being declared the winner, because of Obama’s and the State Department’s desire for Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to rule in Egypt. The presence of eight Muslim Brotherhood people in the White House staff (see here and here) reveals Obama’s clear bias in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, a bias that expressed itself in the American government’s disapproval of Morsi’s dismissal from the presidency at the beginning of July. A man named Ahmed Aliba served in the American Embassy staff in Cairo. He was the liaison between Ambassador Patterson and the Muslim Brotherhood, and it was he who coordinated the American officials’ meeting with representatives of the Brotherhood.
Morsi was overthrown by the military in the beginning of July because of the demonstrations against him, but also to thwart Morsi’s plan to transfer north Sinai to Hamas and to settle hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees there. The overthrow of Morsi dismayed the leaders of Hamas in Gaza because they had built their future and the future of their state on this plan. Erdogan, the Turkish Islamist, was also infuriated.
The American involvement in the promotion of Muslim Brotherhood matters should come as no surprise to Israel: the American State Department exerted similar pressures on Ariel Sharon, prime minister of Israel, forcing him to allow the Hamas movement to participate in Palestinian parliamentary elections in the beginning of 2006. The State Department did not learn any lesson from Hamas subsequently winning a majority of the seats, and it now applies similar pressures on King Abdullah. But contrary to Ariel Sharon, Abdullah understands what the Muslim Brotherhood is, so there is much less chance of him succumbing to the State Department’s pressures .
But the person who knows the truth about the Muslim Brotherhood and tells it to their face is Dahi Khalfan, the commander of the Dubai police. He recently described the danger of the Muslim Brotherhood to the state of the Emirates as no less threatening than the Iranian danger.
The Islamic “Alternative Homeland” in Jordan
The toppling of Morsi and the Brotherhood was a shocking blow to the leaders of the Brotherhood in Jordan as well, who, for the past two years, have refused to participate in King Abdullah the Second’s initiative to incorporate reforms into the Jordanian government that would grant greater representation in the parliament to the Islamic parties and the residents in the refugee camps. King Abdullah openly calls them “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and “the Freemasons cult” (there is no worse expression in Arabic that the king could have used towards his citizens, M. K.) because they do not want to reform the regime of the Hashemite monarchy; rather, they want to replace it and turn it into a puppet after taking over the parliament and changing the state into a “constitutional monarchy” with an Islamic constitution written by the Brotherhood, of course. The king describes his battle with the Brotherhood with the expression “the most important battle confronting us in the entire region,” even more than Iran. He also does not hide his contempt for the American diplomats and officials who promote the Muslim Brotherhood out of naivety, as if the regime of the Brotherhood is a type of Islamic democracy. Now, with the downfall of Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood of Jordan is left without reforms, without Egyptian backing and in conflict with the king, who knows quite well where they are headed.
About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.
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