By Jim Kouri
While CBS News’ 60 Minutes interviewed President Barack Obama regarding his successes as America’s Commander in Chief and as the “Jobs President,” the Egyptian people celebrated the swearing in of its new government controlled by Islamists from the Muslim Brotherhood and the even more radical Salafist Party.
Egyptian Islamists are claiming victory in the nation’s first elections since President Hosni Mubarak’s government was ousted in February 2011.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party boasts of winning 34 seats in the runoff election, while the more radical Salafist Party won five seats, according to the preliminary election results.
The government takeover by Islamist parties appears to surprise some members of the Obama administration, but security analysts who spoke to the Law Enforcement Examiner claim anyone with a even a modest understanding of Islamofascism could have easily predicted the outcome.
While the Obama White House openly displayed support for popular Egyptian uprising, calling it part of the Arab Spring movement that toppled dictators, they are beginning to worry about the creation of a radical Islamist state in Egypt that may turn an American ally into a “second Iran.”
Even more troublesome is some of the anti-Israeli rhetoric emanating from the leaders of the Islamist groups set to fully takeover Egypt’s parliament. More than a month before the elections, the Muslim Brotherhood met with members of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
In late October 2011, a high-level delegation of the Muslim Brotherhood visited the Gaza Strip for the first time. Since the fall of the Mubarak regime, a number of earlier meetings were held in Cairo between top officials of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and the Hamas leadership. The Muslim Brotherhood, which has gained political legitimacy and a position of power in Egyptian politics, is now seeing a chance to solidify its contacts publicly made with Hamas, its Palestinian branch.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s relations with Hamas during the Mubarak regime needed to be kept to a bare minimum due to internal security considerations (the Mubarak regime had concerns about the possibility of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip exporting terrorism, subversion, and radical Islam to Egypt).
Despite the moderate image that the Muslim Brotherhood is trying to project both in Egypt and abroad (particularly to the Western world), when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict its top officials continue to publicly support the “resistance” (i.e., terrorism).
In their statements and activities, they repeatedly voice unequivocal support for Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations, calling on the Arab and Muslim world to help the Palestinian terrorist organizations (“resistance”) in the Gaza Strip with money, weapons, and equipment.
The Muslim Brotherhood, including its branches in the Arab world and Europe, is involved in providing financial assistance to Hamas (through the Union of Good, headed by Sheikh Qaradawi). Cooperating with radical left-wing activists in the Western world, the movement’s activists play a major role in the anti-Israel delegitimization campaign.
The involvement of the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam activists is particularly evident in the flotilla campaign (the Mavi Marmara flotilla, for instance) and other activities, such as sending aid convoys to the Gaza Strip, initiating anti-Israel propaganda campaigns in Western countries, the BDS campaign to boycott Israel, and so forth.