The JP Post reports that the State Department has been assured The Muslim Brotherhood will not break the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty despite public statements to the contrary.
“We have had other assurances from the party with regard to their commitment not only to universal human rights, but to the international obligations that the Government of Egypt has undertaken,” State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a briefing.
I don’t believe a State spokesperson could feel assured after knowing al Bayoumi made the following public statements –
The Muslim Brotherhood party’s deputy leader Dr. Rashad Bayoumi said the group will not recognize Israel “under any circumstance,” in an interview published in the Arabic daily al-Hayat on Sunday. “The Brotherhood respects international conventions, but we will take legal action against the peace treaty with the Zionist entity,” he told the newspaper.
Nuland said that the Muslim Brotherhood was not a monolithic organization, and that the State Department would continue to seek private reassurances on Egypt’s international obligations. “I would say that it is one member of the MB,” Nuland said of Bayoumi’s comments. “We will judge these parties by what they do.”
When asked whether it is a requirement for the government in Egypt to recognize Israel, Bayoumi responded by saying: “This is not an option, whatever the circumstances, we do not recognize Israel at all. It’s an occupying criminal enemy.” Read here: Israelhayom,com
Rashad al-Abyoumi is the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy leader. He is not simply one person.