Daily Israel Report

Muslim Brotherhood Party Won't Protest Against Israel

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party surprised many saying it will be staying out of Friday's anti-Israel protests.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 8/26/2011, 3:05 PM

Mohammed Hussein
Mohammed Hussein
FJP Website

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) had decided not to participate in demonstrations calling for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador to Egypt, the party announced today.

A mass demonstration has been called for Friday outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo. Dozens of political forces and groups are calling to pressure on the Egyptian government to expel Israel's ambassador. They are also calling for Egypt to recall the Egyptian ambassador to Tel-Aviv.

The call comes after Israeli soldiers inadvertantly killed five Egyptian soldiers on the Egypt-Israel border last Thursday while pursuing the terrorists who perpetrated the deadly terror attack near Eilat that left eight Israeli's dead..

The Brotherhood itself has declined to state whether it will participate in or boycott the demonstration. The group has left the decision to the Brotherhood's administrative offices in Egypt s various governorates. According to Dr. Mahmoud Hussein, Secretary General of the Brotherhood, the group will not participate officially but may participate in other similar events with other political parties.

The reaction of both the Brotherhood and the FJP come as a surprise to many after their initial response the border-fire incident with Israel. The groups initially released lengthy statements calling for decisive action against the Jewish state.

It is also surprising in light of the Brotherhood's historical status as the womb that birthed the Hamas terror organization in Gaza who harbored - and according to some reports sponsored - the terrorists who launched the Eilat attacks before allowing a sharp escalation in rocket fire from the Strip.

Israeli security experts told Arutz Sheva earlier this week they expect more "qualative attacks" like the bus-attack last week saying such attacks are intended to destabalize already tense relations between Israel and Egypt.

But Egypt's caretaker junta has opted for bellicose public declarations while shying away from dramatic diplomatic changes and the Brotherhood, who backed the generals when the first took power before returning to the opposition, may wish to avoid openly confronting the regime before elections begin to protect its newfound 'legality.'

Under Sadat and Mubarak the Brotherhood was an outlawed group, but their newfound 'legitimacy' is tenuous until it is cemented in the polls and they win sufficient political clout to protect it.