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Egyptians Call for Capital in Jerusalem

Jun 12, 2012 at 03:19:25 AM

Israel gave up a lot when it signed the 1979 Camp David accords with Egypt: oil fields, a cutting-edge air force base, and a huge security buffer against its southern neighbor.

Israel did get something in return: A solemn promise by the Egyptian government to end its state of belligerence against Israel. This promise was backed up by the United States, and has held – albeit coldly – for three decades.

Now, with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, this all threatens to fall apart. A new survey by the Pew Global Attitudes Project shows that 61 percent of Egyptians favor abandoning the Egypt-Israel peace treaty (up from 54 percent a year ago).

Egypt is now in the midst of presidential elections and the radical Muslim Brotherhood has emerged as the dominant political force. One leading candidate and former Muslim Brotherhood leader, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, declared: "I do not and will not recognize Israel." In a presidential debate last month, he said that the peace agreement with Israel was a threat to national security and vowed to amend the Camp David Accords: "Israel is an enemy... The majority of Egyptians are enemies of Israel. The agreement with Israel should be revised and the sections which are against our interests should be removed immediately."

This is not an exclusively "Israel problem." The Pew poll also finds that 61 percent of Egyptians believe that the billions of dollars of U.S. aid to Egypt has a "mostly negative" impact. Among the candidates, Aboul Fotouh denounced the assassination of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. forces as an act of "state terrorism."

Next week, the two top candidates will face a run-off vote in the presidential election. One of the contenders, Mohamed Morsy, is chairman of a political party founded by the Muslim Brotherhood after the 2011 Egyptian revolution. At the launch of Morsy's candidacy last month, Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi declared before a huge crowd that Morsy will "liberate Jerusalem" as the new capital of the "United States of the Arabs."

"Our capital shall not be Cairo… it shall be Jerusalem," Higazi declared. "Our cry shall be: Millions of martyrs march toward Jerusalem." (See video below.)

The world had hoped that the Arab Spring would usher in a new era of calm and civility in the Middle East. Yet Syria is still slaughtering its citizens, Iran is still hurtling toward the Bomb, and if the Egyptian election itself is any indication, we're in for some very stormy weather.

Published: June 12, 2012


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Visitor Comments: 11

(8) Frank Adam, June 13, 2012 9:49 AM

Thirties idiots

First the "Reverend" Higazi 's family comes from Western Saudi Arabia - note the g/j shift in his name and how he pronounces it. Apparently this traffic of families and trade across the Red Sea is quite regular historically and not just in the last century. Further the biggest source of Arab migration is from Egypt to other Arab countries - well censused these hundred years. Seeing his well oiled demagoguery for the illiterate - or at least uneducated - explains how Hitler & Mussolini led their peoples into the abyss. Third as with the late unlamented Faisal of Saudi who wanted to pray in Jerusalem before he died; why did the poser not go to pray when Hussein of Jordan held the Haram before1967? If these medioevals really want to just pray, then as peaceful tourists to Jerusalem they can do so - if they have the holiday money to go. As a small country Israel as to box clever - or as in 56 and even over the Peace with Egypt the big countries willl steal the fruits of its efforts. Do consider the priority of the Moslem "Brothers" might well be to inflict and preserve their Islamic agenda on Egypt and as Iran leave trouble making abroad to subsidising rebels; so Israel should try to preserve the formal peace with Egypt and Jordan which keeps some space time and diplomacy between itself and its neighbours - despite themselves.

(7) Wassim, June 13, 2012 6:08 AM

Amnesia and ignorance and delusions of grandeur!

These young martyrs don't remember '67 and '73. Because they don't read, the IDF will have to repeat the lesson anew for every generation! MB = Muslims Backwards

(6) Tony Palmer, June 12, 2012 8:26 PM

No way out other than confrontation

I am an Englishman who tales a very active interest in the Jewish presence in the area that biblically used to be called Judah. It is frightening to see the massed collective hatred there is against the Jews. What it means is that the Israelis can never let down their guard with their neighbours. There is such a fundamental deep-seated hatred here that when one thinks about it, it can actually never go away. Why? Because it is being inculcated into young Arab children as we speak. That means it is set to last at least another generation - and human nature being what it is this hatred could go on in the future for as long as it has gone on in the past! Do your maths! I am with the Jews and wish them well in their land, but you will need an awful lot of help both from your allies and from God Himself to get through this lot.

(5) Michal, June 12, 2012 8:20 PM

Difficult to believe, but they really mean it.

Before the six-day-war, I lived with husband and our first liittle son in Yerucham. Every night I heard Nasser shouting the same things. It reminded me of the shouting of Hitler.In their brains are always how they will kill the Jews.Why can't they think of anything else??? Why is there no improvement? Always the same shouting, the same words, like a prayer-mill. If there would not have been Shavuot, the brit of Hashem with His people Israel, I would despair. But Shavuot took place, is a reality for the Jewish people. And with Hashem beside us, let them all shout as much as they want to. And as more as we turn our lives and our hearts towards Hashem, we will be save. Baruch Hu!

(4) Scott Edelman, June 12, 2012 4:48 PM

Sinai

Looks like Israel might have to take back the oil fields, cutting-edge air force base, and huge security buffer against its southern neighbor,... Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 17a Ishmael, who tormented Israel so cruelly in the past, and still rules over her(Temple Mount - my words) and persecutes her for her faith. In truth, the exile under Ishmael is the hardest of all exiles,... Looks like Esau/Amalek have some competition,...Is this a surprise to us?

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