In our current issue Israel Today discusses the causes and ramifications of the Arab Spring-turned-Islamic Winter. One of the obvious outcomes is that the kind of seething hatred for Israel that is official policy in Iran will spread to the rest of the region. It is already happening in Egypt.
Israel and Egypt have always had a cold relationship, despite the fact that the two nations have officially been at peace since 1979. Israel and the Jews in general were regularly demonized in the Egyptian media during these years of “peace.”
But now, with Islamists threatening to take over the country, Egypt is returning to the pre-Camp David years during which it led the rest of the Muslim world in its quest to eradicate the Jewish presence from the Middle East.
Evidence of this worrying trend surfaced on Friday when the Muslim Brotherhood held a rally at one of Cairo’s main mosques to mark the 1947 UN partition of the Palestine Mandate and the recognition of a Jewish state.
During the event, speakers and the 5,000-strong mob repeatedly chanted a quote from the Koran that states “one day we will kill all the Jews.”
Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb told those gathered that “The al-Aqsa Mosque [on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount] is currently under an offensive by the Jews…we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem).”
Other speakers had equally hateful words for the “Zionist occupiers” and the “treacherous Jews.” The mob of worshippers responded with: “Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgement day is coming!”
An Egyptian elementary school teacher who participated in the mosque rally told a reporter with Israel’s Ynet news portal that “all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad” for the sake of ridding the region of a Jewish state.
Attendees were given Muslim Brotherhood election campaign material following the anti-Israel rants.
The rally came just days before Monday’s general election, Egypt’s first since the overthrow of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February. Foreign analysts expect the Muslim Brotherhood to win control of at least 40 percent of the parliament.