Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood cozies up to Hamas

Sunday, October 30, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

In a worrying indication of what could become of Egypt following its upcoming election, the Muslim Brotherhood sent a senior delegation to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Saturday to help the terrorists celebrate the success of the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap.

The delegation was led by Muslim Brotherhood leader Goma Amin, who said of the hundreds of blood-soaked terrorists traded for Shalit: "We came to participate in the joy at the release of brothers. We are proud of them."

The 1,027 Palestinian terrorists freed in exchange for Shalit were responsible for the murder of well over 500 Israelis, most of them civilians, and many of them children.

Amin said Hamas had proved that violent "resistance" against Israel was a winning tactic.

Hamas was born out of the Muslim Brotherhood as a local Palestinian branch of the movement. As such, many are concerned that should the Muslim Brotherhood win the upcoming election in Egypt, its governing style is likely to resemble the way Hamas has controlled Gaza.

The Muslim Brotherhood will be contesting over 50 percent of the seats in the Egyptian parliament. It is currently the only large organized political movement in the country, giving it more than a good chance to win a majority in the legislature.

In Hamas-ruled Gaza, individual liberties have been made subservient to Sharia Law, and Christian minorities have suffered increased persecution. Even if the Muslim Brotherhood tempers itself on those issues, it has already vowed to return Egypt to a state of open hostility toward Israel.

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