12:46 03/02/2011In case you thought al-Bayoumi is a nobody or minor player in the MB, Wikipedia reports:
Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood movement has unveiled its plans to scrap a peace treaty with Israel if it comes to power, a deputy leader said in an interview with NHK TV.
Rashad al-Bayoumi said the peace treaty with Israel will be abolished after a provisional government is formed by the movement and other Egypt's opposition parties.
"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," al-Bayoumi said.
Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and sign a peace agreement with the Israeli government in 1979. It is also a major mediator of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Muslim Brotherhood has recently come to light amid mass anti-government protests in Egypt. Some media voiced concerns that the banned Islamic movement could eventually take power in the riot-hit Arab country.
The deeply conservative Islamic movement, which wants to move Egypt from secularism and return to the rules of the Quran, failed to win a single seat in the 2010 Egyptian parliamentary election.
The Muslim Brotherhood joined the anti-government protests in Egypt last week. The unrest, seen by many analysts as a major threat to repressive governments in the region, has already claimed the lives of at least 300 people and injured several thousand.
TOKYO, February 3 (RIA Novosti) (Source)
Cairo University professor Rashad al-Bayumi is one of the heads of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, his appointment pending approval by the Islamist organization's guidance bureau.
He's not a nobody, and it's unfortunate that the majority of the West is treating the MB as a great Democratic hope for Egypt. I guess Bill Clinton thought the same of Yassir Arafat.
If the MB and Egypt breaks the peace treaty, do we get our Mossad-trained shark back?
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