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'We will not recognise criminal Israel,' says Brotherhood leader
The Muslim Brotherhood will put the 1979 Peace Treaty with Israel to the test of public opinion, Brotherhood leader says
Ahram Online, Sunday 1 Jan 2012
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Rashad Bayoumy, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood (Photo: Ahram)

The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) will not recognise the State of Israel, Brotherhood leader Rashad Bayoumy told London-based Al-Hayat Arabic daily.

“Is it a pre-condition to recognise Israel in order to govern?” asked Bayoumy. “This is not possible, no matter what the circumstances are. We do not recognise Israel at all. It is a criminal enemy occupier.”

Bayoumy, the deputy to the group's supreme guide, underlined that no member of the MB will ever sit with an Israeli. “I will not allow myself to sit with a criminal,” Bayoumy said. “We will not deal with them in any way.”

Bayoumy also noted that the Brotherhood may hold a national referendum to measure public opinion before taking a decision about the 1979 Peace Treaty between Egypt and Israel.

“We will take all the correct legal procedures with the treaty. It is not binding for me. The people will give the opinion about it,” he said.

Bayoumy added that the Brotherhood usually respects international agreements, but everyone has the right to reconsider a treaty and the Egyptian people were never asked their opinion in the first place.

“We did not agree to the peace treaty. We will take all respectable legal procedures towards it,” Bayoumy said. “We have the right to present it to the people and the elected parliament so that they can come to a decision about it.“

The Brotherhood’s political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), won around 50 per cent of the seats in the first two phases of three-stage parliamentary elections.





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Sam
02-01-2012 08:02am
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I Agree
I agree, no need to have contacts with the terrorist state of Israel.
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Sami
02-01-2012 02:46am
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Brilliant idea will harm not only Israel but Egypt and the Palestinians
This brilliant idea will harm not only Israel but Egypt and the Palestinians. The extremists in Israel will be able to say now that a Peace Treaty with an Arab country is a worthless piece of toilet paper.
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Moe
02-01-2012 12:16am
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What?
Is this guy serious?
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THE TRUTH
01-01-2012 10:04pm
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EL-SALAFYEEN, and M.B
MR. BAYOUMY....PLEASE EXPRESS YOURSELF AS A PROFESSIONAL....AS A LEADER....AS A RESPONSIBLE..AS A POLITICIAN....NOT AS A KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL BOY ,PLAYING MUSICAL-CHAIRS LIKE A YOYO..YOYO.....THANKS MR MAYOUMY BASHA..???? Toronto-Canada
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Guest
01-01-2012 07:34pm
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Changing mind?
Didn't the Muslim Brotherhood just say (a few days ago) they'll respect the peace treaty with Israel???
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James Lutz
01-01-2012 05:28pm
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Bad
Peace treaties are not voted on by an entire country. If morons like this become in charge, hello 12th century.
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incommonworld
01-01-2012 04:21pm
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MB
scary stuff. as a neighbour. & then to 'coerce/blame' it on the people's choice. I feel a power-play coming on. Shame on MB, who could be setting an example of a kind caring world.
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Israeli
01-01-2012 02:38pm
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The brotherwood will not regonize Israel
The Islamic brotherwod is a criminal group. Israel should not shake hands with them or even talk to them. Let them burn in hell and leave them with their missery. They are a very primitave people, they beleive only in killing in order to get what they want. I feel sory that we have such neighbor. We should recognize them as ciminals and terrorists organizations period. Who needs them? I am sure they are the ones that needs us more than anything.
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