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The U.S. has decided to formally resume contact with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group - which does not recognize Israel – in a move that could further alienate some Jewish voters already skeptical of President Barack Obama, it was reported.
One senior U.S. official said the Brotherhood’s rise in political prominence after the forced departure of former President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year makes the American contact necessary.
“The political landscape in Egypt has changed, and is changing… It is in our interests to engage with all of the parties that are competing for parliament or the presidency,” said the official, who confirmed the news to Reuters on condition of anonymity.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that Barack Obama had not just ignored Egyptian human rights issues over the past two years, but actually cut funding for activist groups trying to reform Egypt:
Although President Obama has sided firmly with pro-democracy protesters in Egypt, his administration spent its first two years easing the U.S. push for human rights reforms in that country.
Early in Obama's presidency, officials cut in half funding to promote democracy in Egypt. They also agreed to restrict certain grants only to organizations licensed by President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian regime, reversing a Bush administration policy of funding groups at odds with the government.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a March 2009 meeting with Mubarak at an Egyptian resort on the Red Sea, seemed to downplay a State Department report documenting torture, rape and political detentions in Egypt.
"We issue these reports on every country," Clinton told a television interviewer. "And so we hope that it will be taken in the spirit in which it is offered, that we all have room for improvement."
Egyptian dissidents were distressed by the administration's message
Originally posted by Misoir
This move makes me wonder how the Jewish Americans are going to view President Obama especially seeing as how many of them were angered by his words calling for the return to 1967 Israeli borders. Now we can add official recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood to the list.
We must also not forget that this goes beyond just Jewish Americans angered by this issue but presumably most Americans. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by hard-line Islamists that are just short of being part of the terrorist movement, I say just short of it because they claim to denounce any form of terrorism. But that does not mean they are not completely crazy. Take this man for instance, Yusuf Al-Qaradhawi, he was offered role as leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2004 which he turned down and is still considered one of the intellectual and spiritual leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Now this is guy is definitely peaceful, he loves all people he would not want to harm anyone, right?
These are the same people who are pushing for an Islamic Caliphate and absolutely hate the Western way of life, yet Obama has now recognized them, not as an extremist group, but as a true political organization as if it is secular or democratic. Nice job Obama, tell me again where your allegiance stands?
Originally posted by lokdog
I would'nt worry about this group to much. If they start getting out of hand and not towing the U.S. line you can rest assured the Eygptian military will take over. Everyone knows they are the real power in Eygpt and they tow the line.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
Any Jew who's so stupid they think Obama called for a return to the 1967 borders votes republican anyway (he advised using the 1967 borders as a "starting point" for further negotiations, favoring land trades. Very different thing.)
"The United States believes that negotiations should result in two states, with permanent Palestinian borders with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and permanent Israeli borders with Palestine," Obama said in the concluding section of his 45-minute address that looked at political and social change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.
"We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," Obama continued.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stern message to President Obama in the Oval Office on Friday, refusing to support Obama's recommendation that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders.
"While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace ... it cannot go back to 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible," Netanyahu said, sitting forward on his chair just a few feet from Obama.
Obama sat stiffly to the left of Netanyahu, clearly frustrated with the prime minister's brusque remarks after a private meeting between the leaders that lasted hours longer than scheduled. Obama had focused on the friendship between the two nations in his post-meeting remarks – which he delivered ahead of Netanyahu's comments. Notably, Obama did not discuss a recommendation he made on Thursday that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders.