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Sunday, January 08, 2012

US: MB will honor peace treaty. MB: No, we won't.

Who are you going to believe?

From Ha'aretz on Friday:
The Muslim Brotherhood gave the United States assurances regarding the maintaining of Egypt's peace deal with Israel, a top U.S. official said on Thursday, despite recent comments by party leaders claiming that the 1979 treaty did not bind Cairo's new regime.

From Israel HaYom today:
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday denied remarks made by U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that the Islamist group made guarantees to the U.S. that it would continue to respect Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

In an interview over the weekend with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Arian, said, "We never promised that we would honor the peace treaty with Israel. The treaty is not sacred and we can and should make changes in it."

Another senior member of the party told the London-based newspaper Asharq Alawsat, "The movement's position is not to recognize the Zionist entity and not to recognize peace agreements with hostile entities, and this position will never change."

The truth? Egypt simply cannot risk the billions of dollars it receives from the US every year, so the Muslim Brotherhood will do the minimum necessary to appease the US while dismantling every discernible manifestation of an actual peace with Israel.