Muslim Brotherhood to U.S.: Stop Backing Israel and We’ll Talk


muslim-brotherhoodThe radical Islamic group Muslim Brotherhood is ready to speak with the United States but is conditioning talks on America’s support for Israel.

On Shabbos, a spokesman for the group said it was prepared to talk with the U.S. He was responding to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s remarks late last week. Clinton had said the Obama administration wants to open a dialog with the group.

“We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency,” she told reporters in Budapest, Hungary, adding: “We welcome, therefore, dialogue with those Muslim Brotherhood members who wish to talk with us.”

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan reportedly responded in an e-mailed statement, and was quoted by Bloomberg News as having said: “We are ready for dialogue with the U.S. administration, if it so decides, within a framework of mutual respect.”

Ghozlan added, however, that his group “hopes that the U.S. administration has revised its previous policies and decided to side with the rights of the people and their demands.”

He also made sure to mention Israel, saying the U.S. should “stop supporting the corrupt and tyrannical regimes, backing the Zionist occupation and using double standards.”

Ghozlan’s statement also said that “no dialogue” has taken place so far between the Muslim Brotherhood and the U.S., but added that there had been “contact” with the U.S. embassy in Cairo in the past.

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood, joined by allied Hamas fighters from Gaza, were at the fore of some of the most violent protests during the demonstrations in Egypt that resulted in the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

The group later created a broad super-coalition of opposition parties in hopes of taking Egypt’s next government by storm.

The group’s leaders have publicly stated they would implement Muslim sharia law in Egypt should they take office.

Read more at Arutz Sheva.

{Arutz Sheva/ Newscenter}


  1. Basically what they are asking is for us to accept trash in our lives. American wants the real thing. We have Israel and that is Godly and Trustworthy. Islam is a good way of life for those who think that it works for their lives. But that said, have you ever noticed that most of the photographs of the arab world show places that are treated like trash? Holes in walls, debris everywhere, lack of gardening in the cities of course. True I think Riyadh is a nice place and so is the UAE and maybe Kuwait might be too, but much of the arab world is a trash heap that is treated like a trash heap and is about as useful to our day as a leader of the free world as a trash heap in our backyard if we let go of our bond to the State of Israel. Thats my take.