Jimmy Carter Marks Memorial Day With Muslim Brotherhood

Former US President Jimmy Carter, center, walks with Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Khairat el-Shater, right, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 25, 2012. Catrer is in Egypt to oversee his Carter Center’s monitoring of the presidential election. The candidate of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, won a spot in a runoff election, according to partial results Friday from Egypt’s first genuinely competitive presidential vote. Beneath the Muslim Brotherhood logo, the banner in Arabic at left reads, “we welcome our guests.”

Jimmy Carter: Egypt’s Brotherhood would keep Israel treaty

By REUTERS & Jerusalem Post
26/05/2012
Former US president who helped broker Israel-Egypt peace says he has had long discussions with senior Muslim Brotherhood figures and believes Islamist party may seek to modify, but will not destroy peace treaty.

CAIRO – The Muslim Brotherhood may seek to modify, but will not destroy, Egypt’s 33-year-old peace treaty with Israel, former US president Jimmy Carter said on Saturday.

Carter, 87, was speaking after initial vote tallies put the Brotherhood’s candidate ahead in the first round of Egypt’s presidential election, which his Carter Center helped monitor.

The US statesman, who brought together Israeli leader Menachem Begin and Egypt’s Anwar Sadat in 1978 to agree the Camp David accords which led to a 1979 treaty, said he had held long discussions with senior Brotherhood figures in Egypt this week.

“My opinion is that the treaty will not be modified in any unilateral way,” Carter said at a news conference in Cairo to present the preliminary findings of his election monitors.

Official results in Egypt’s first free leadership election are due on Tuesday, but informal tallies put the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Mursi and Mubarak’s last Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in the lead. If confirmed, they would fight a run-off in June.

The peace treaty remains a lynchpin of US/Middle East policy and, despite its unpopularity with many Egyptians, was staunchly upheld by former president Hosni Mubarak until his overthrow last year in a popular uprising.

The Brotherhood, long suppressed under Mubarak, is vehemently critical of Israel, and its Palestinian offshoot Hamas rules the Gaza Strip. Israeli officials have watched political turmoil since Mubarak’s overthrow with growing wariness.

The Camp David accords were also supposed to guarantee the rights of the Palestinians, at Sadat’s insistence, but that aspect had not been honored, Carter said.

Jimmy Carter’s soul brothers, “The Brotherhood”, which already dominates parliament  hopes the presidency can seal its rise to power.

“Egypt is going through a truly historic transformation,” senior Brotherhood figure Essam el-Erian said. “We hope the runoff is more heated, more clear and more representative of the spirit of the January 25 revolution.”

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3 Responses to Jimmy Carter Marks Memorial Day With Muslim Brotherhood

  1. Pingback: How do former American Presidents spend Memorial Day? « WindsorCOAct!forAmerica

  2. yeshuabenyhvh says:

    Reblogged this on Book of Yeshua and commented:
    Why can’t Peanust butter man just die from an overdose of ignorance. He is a traitor who has no business in world affairs, shaking hands with the devils is what he does best.

  3. Walther Metzler says:

    I just wonder how many more years We have to live with this charades.
    Are there people who still believes that the fact that Israel is “well and kicking” in 2012
    has anything to do with Politicians like Jimmy Carter ?!?
    The only reason that Israel is still existing
    is thanks to the Israeli people and their friends,
    of whom I am one.
    The international community had a good chance
    to solve the Palestinian issue 60 years ago.
    Back then France and Great Britain where the “super powers” and if they had pushed it,
    they would have succeeded to convince the Arabs to accept the deal,Trans Jordan would be
    the Palestinian state instead of a second grade Kingdom.

    I know enough about the area,politically and historical to see clearly on this shameless pre WWII disaster.
    First and biggest mess by the so called International Community with some help from the Arabic countries in the region.

    Shame on them.
    Walther.

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