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Real Meaning of Morsi Victory Not Quick to Unfold

Mohammed Morsi.

Mohammed Morsi faces charges of spying for Hamas and premeditated killing of officers, soldiers and prisoners
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The Telegraph’s Cairo reporter Richard Spencer cited the congratulations Egypt’s new president Mohammed Morsi has been receiving from the Iranians, the Emirates, the U.S., the British, Hamas, and even Israel, commenting wryly that it’s “as if the Muslim Brotherhood were just any other party, Mohammed Morsi just another politician, and Egypt any other democratic country.”

They’re not, of course, and while the winner is declared and the celebrations in Egypt’s squares cannot be ignored, it isn’t clear what, exactly, has Morsi won. Egypt’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has dissolve Egypt’s People’s Assembly even before the vote last weekend, and announced that no matter who the winner would be, the Army would remain in charge of decisions such as when to go to war and against whom.

Not a promising situation for a president who is expecting to also take over as commander in chief.

The Muslim Brotherhood, for its part, and its leader Morsi, have announced their refusal to take the oath of office in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court, as called for by the supplementary constitutional declaration. There is speculation that Morsi is planning to swear the oath of office in Tahrir Square, before the people, in a truly populist gesture.

Al Jazeera quoted Ibrahim Youssef, a 23-year-old English teacher from Mansoura, north of Cairo, who said that Morsi indeed had to come to Tahrir, to show the world and the Egyptian elite that his power came from the people, not from the military or the state apparatus.

“I’m from the Brotherhood, but if Dr Mohammed Morsi refuses to respect these votes, I will refuse him,” Youssef said. “I will come to Tahrir Square if he refuses to respect the people’s desire.”

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office in Israel said tacitly that “Israel appreciates the democratic process in Egypt and respects the results of the presidential elections. Israel looks forward to continuing cooperation with the Egyptian government on the basis of the peace treaty between the two countries, which is a joint interest of both peoples and contributes to regional stability,”

The Israeli statement did not sound joyous, naturally, especially in light of the fact that when Morsi’s supporters, during the campaign, spoke of recreating the Muslim Caliphate with Jerusalem as its capital, he didn’t bother to distance himself from the slogans, despite the fact that they constituted a call for aggression against a neighbor with whom Egypt has cohabited in peace for 33 years.

On Sunday evening, Morsi declared he had a “message of peace. We will respect all international agreements,” he promised, but stopped short of actually mentioning that one agreement with Israel on which the region’s future hangs.

In the past and during the campaign, Brotherhood leaders have said they would never meet with Israeli officials. But they were careful to say they would not cancel the peace treaty. But they intend to amend it, most crucially to permit a significant number of Egyptian troops into the Sinai.

Israel actually favors this change, because it wants Egypt to control the smugglers and the terrorists who are roaming the peninsula.

In an article for the London Guardian newspaper last week, Morsi depicted himself as man of the people: “I was jailed by the old regime. I belong to the middle classes that were sold out by the old establishment. I hold political and social views that are shared by many in our society but were suppressed or criminalized by the old regime. I understand the ambitions, values and standards held by many mainstream Egyptians.”

And until he takes office and the dust settles on Egypt’s struggle with its own fledgling democracy, he’ll keep the rest of us guessing.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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6 Responses to “Real Meaning of Morsi Victory Not Quick to Unfold”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    This was a choice between bad (Shafik) and worse (Morsi). But at least we can get out of our denial regarding the nature of Egypt's attitude towards Israel. It has been hostile for decades.

  2. Yes but for 32 years 'bad' Mubarek and the military kept peace inMiddle East. The 3 wars against Israel had been lead by Egypt. Main stream media is writing to many articles praising this Pes from the Muslim Brotherhood, an org that sill calls for the destruction of Israel.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    Rockets from Gaza is peace?

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    I'm not saying the MB is good. But Mubarak was not good.

  5. I'm talking about no invading armies led by Egypt,not true peace. Mub did block most arms from entering Egypt,now lil if any Egyptian blockade.

  6. Charlie Hall says:

    I don't think that there is much chance of the Egyptian military allowing the MB to order an invasion of Israel. Actual war is bad for kleptocratic generals. And they know quire well that corrupt militaries don't do well in actual wars.

    But they could create a lot of mischief that will hurt a lot of people.

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