Leder for Det Muslimske Brorskap i Egypt, som nylig vant 20 prosent av plassene i nasjonalforsamlingen, uttaler at Israel er en kreftsvulst som de håper snart vil bli fjernet.
Uttalelsen får en spesiell klang etter at Irans president gikk inn for å utslette Israel, og stemplet Holocaust som en løgn.
The leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the country’s largest opposition force, called Israel a «cancer» in the Middle East and said its peace treaty with Egypt should be submitted to a referendum.
«I declared that we will not recognize Israel which is an alien entity in the region. And we expect the demise of this cancer soon,» Mohammed Mehdi Akef told the state-owned English language Ahram Weekly in an interview published Thursday.
His comments came amid an international outcry over a tirade against Israel by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said the Holocaust was a «myth» and called for the Jewish state to be relocated as far away as Alaska.
Egypt became the first Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel when it signed a peace treaty in 1979.
But Islamists opposed to the treaty assassinated president Anwar Sadat in 1981 for signing the Camp David accord, and hostility towards the Jewish state re2_kommentars strong among Egyptians.
Akef stopped short of demanding the peace treaty be scrapped but suggested it should be submitted to a popular vote.
«That is for the people to decide… If I had the power I would put it to the people,» he said.
The banned but tolerated Brotherhood won 20 percent of the seats in the 454-strong parliament in month-long elections that wrapped up last week, making it the largest opposition bloc in the house.
Following the unprecedented electoral gains, the United States hinted it might open channels of communication with the Brotherhood, which continues to be anxious about US support for Israel.
«The Muslim Brothers do not recognise Israel… 70 million Egyptians, 300 million citizens in the Arab world and 1.5 billion Muslims across the world do not recognise Israel,» Akef said in another interview with the London-based Al-Sharq Al-Awsat pubublished on Sunday.(afp)
Det sies at Brorskapet har forsverget vold, og er blitt moderat. Akkurat på dette punkt er det vanskelig å få øye på.