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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood meets with Jewish billionaire, Arabs upset

Shater
Al Masry al Youm reports that U.S. billionaire David Bonderman left Cairo on Tuesday after a one-day visit to Egypt where he met Khairat El-Shater, the deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sources said that Bonder was seeking investment opportunities in Egypt.

AlArab Online, a London-based pan-Arab newspaper, says that the Muslim Brotherhood "revealed its true face" by meeting with a Jewish businessman. It raised questions about why Shater, who is not a member of the government, would be meeting with Bonderman, ranked #683 in Forbes list of billionaires. It accuses him of supporting Israel (I didn't see any particularly Zionist ties) and said that this shows that the Brotherhood will do anything to stay in power, even reaching out to "Israel."

AlArab continues to fume, reminding us that President Morsi gave a flowery note to Israel's president which it claimed was mere protocol. In fact, the newspaper continues, it would not be surprised if the Ikhwan actually believes that the Holocaust occurred, and it expects that they will now recognize Israel within the "1967 borders" just like they claim Hamas treacherously did - all to get their hands on filthy Western dollars.

Notably, Bonderman is apparently an Islamophile. He went to Cairo in 1966 after he graduated Harvard Law to study Islamic law, and he became a fluent speaker of Arabic.

He is also known for hiring The Rolling Stones, John Cougar Mellencamp and Robin Williams to entertain guests at his 60th birthday party.