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      Muslim Brotherhood: Army Collaborating with 'Zionists'

      Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: the military regime is working with companies employing "Zionists".
      By Dalit Halevi & Elad Benari
      First Publish: 11/10/2013, 4:10 AM

      Muslim Brotherhood supporters
      Muslim Brotherhood supporters
      AFP photo

      Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is accusing the military regime which ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi of harming the country’s national security because of its collaboration with an Israeli and an American company which employ retired IDF officers.

      According to the group, the Egyptian government has granted the Israeli company a permit to secure ships which pass through the Suez Canal.

      The movement is also claiming that the head of the Israeli company is a former commander of the Israeli Navy and was responsible for the raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010, in which nine Turks who were trying to break Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza were killed.

      One of the consultants of this company, according to the Muslim Brotherhood, is a retired IDF commander who led the attack on the Suez Canal in 1969, in which 80 Egyptian soldiers were killed.

      The movement argues that the Egyptian government maintains ties with an American public relations firm, run by "Zionists”, some of whom served in the IDF, and that the company is one of the arms of AIPAC.

      Since the Egyptian army ousted Morsi in July, there has been a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood which has included raids on two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo, in which hundreds were killed.

      Many of the group's members have been arrested, including its Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, with some put on trial on charges of inciting violence.

      In September, an Egyptian court ordered a ban on the group, including its activities and assets. This week the Muslim Brotherhood lost an appeal against the ban.

      While in office, Morsi repeatedly said he would continue to maintain the peace with Israel and uphold international documents signed by prior Cairo administrations, but mostly gave Israel the cold shoulder.

      Last year, Morsi recalled the Egyptian ambassador to Israel in protest of Israel’s counterterrorism Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza. A month earlier, Egypt rejected an Israeli request to upgrade the relations between the countries, after the Jewish State expressed interest in expanding the cooperation between the two countries and raising it to a level of ministerial talks.

      Morsi’s ouster and his replacement with a military-backed regime has appeared to be a good opportunity to calm the tension between the countries. Israel’s and Egypt’s armies have had close cooperation with one another and, several weeks ago, Israel named a new ambassador to Cairo.