February 4, 2011
Muslim Brotherhood threatens to cancel peace with Israel
A leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said any post-Mubarak government should dissolve its peace treaty with Israel.
“After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel,” Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the movement, told a Japanese television station, according to a report in The Washington Times.
The interview contrasted with earlier signals from the group. On Feb. 1, Mahmoud Ezzat, a spokesman for the brothers, told CBS News that his organization “will respect the peace treaty with Israel as long as Israel shows real progress on improving the lot of the Palestinians.”
The Muslim Brotherhood is outlawed in Egypt and is the inspiration for Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group that the United States and Europe regard as a terrorist organization. Some Western leaders fear the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt could pave the way for the Brotherhood to assume significant political power.