US President Barack Obama has invited Egypt’s newly elected Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, to visit the United States in September, an Egyptian official said on Sunday, reflecting the new ties Washington is cultivating with the region’s Islamists.
Washington, long wary of Islamists and an ally of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, shifted policy last year to open formal contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood, the group behind Mursi’s win. Mursi formally resigned from the group after his victory.
Mursi’s success at the polls mirrors the rising influence of Islamists in countries across the Middle East and North Africa in the wake of revolts and protests against autocratic rulers who have led the region for decades.
“President Obama extended an invitation to President Mursi to visit the United States when he attends the UN General Assembly in September,” Egyptian aide Yasser Ali said after Mursi met US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Cairo.
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Like many Islamist leaders Mursi talks “moderation” to the West. But moderation is not part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda. Muhammad Badi, is the Supreme Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (and Mursi’s boss)–witness what Badi is saying to the Egyptian people:
This would be the same “leader” of Egypt’s new president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Muhammad Morsi—and the man whom some have even portrayed as the true power behind Egypt’s presidency, with Morsi acting as his puppet.
According to last Thursday’s edition of Al Wafd, during his weekly sermon, “Muhammad Badi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, confirmed the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists [Israelis] and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims.”
More specifically, he “called on all Muslims to wage jihad with their money and their selves to free al-Quds”—the same exact language one finds in al-Qaeda’s tracts.
Moderation? I don’t think so!
Like he has done so often during the past three and a half years, once again this president is shaking the hands of those who would destroy the Jewish State–this supposed “friend” of Israel.