Arab Spring… Muslim Brotherhood Plans to Cancel Israel Peace Pact
An Egyptian woman stands in front of a campaign banner in Arabic that reads, “The Freedom and Justice party,” on the second day of parliamentary elections in Alexandria, Egypt, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Polls opened Tuesday for a second day of voting in Egypt’s landmark parliamentary elections, the first since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in a popular uprising earlier this year. (AP/Tarek Fawzy)
The Muslim Brotherhood told a London newspaper that the people of Egypt will vote on the peace treaty with Israel – the same people who just voted for Muslim radicals to lead parliament.
Israel National News reported:
The Muslim Brotherhood comes up with a neat trick to break the peace treaty with Israel without formally doing so. Egypt’s next likely ruling party says it simply will hold a plebiscite and let the people do it.
Rashad Bayoumi, deputy Supreme Leader of the Brotherhood, told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat on Sunday it respects international treaties and will leave the issue of the peace treaty in the hands of the people. The pact was signed by then-Egyptian president Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, but a “cold peace” has set in over the past several years.
“People will express their opinions on it. All parties can reconsider the treaty and Egyptians haven’t yet had their say,” he explained. “We won’t violate the treaty. We can put it for referendum among people or parliament,” Bayoumi said.
The ploy would ostensibly take the onus off the radical Muslim party, which Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, has said will respect the treaty.
However, Bayoumi’s statements to Al Hayat made it clear that the Brotherhood has no intention of recognizing Israel.
Two weeks ago President Barack Obama told a Jewish group that his administration has done more than any other in support of Israel’s security.