Friday, June 08, 2012

If Egypt's Islamist Mursi Wins, Jerusalem Will Become Capital of Egypt

Egypt has a choice between two presidential candidates: the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Mursi and status quo Ahmed Shafiq (or Shafik), the former Prime Minister and one-time air force general during Hosni Mubarak's reign. Neither is liked, but the Egyptian people have no other choice. They either pick a hardline Islamist who will more than likely turn their country into a religious hell, or someone they see as an extension of the much reviled Mubarak. It's not my country, but for the sake of the Middle East and especially Israel, I hope they choose the lesser of the two evils, Shafiq. I fear for Israel if Mursi gets elected.

And if anyone has any doubts about the route Egypt will take with a majority Islamist parliament and an Islamist president watch this video that Memri uploaded to Youtube back in May.

It's of Muslim Cleric Safwat Hijazi (or Hegazi) at a Mursi campaign where he promises the thousands of supporters there that if Mursi is elected president, Jerusalem will become the new capital of Egypt.

“Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem with God’s will. Our chants shall be: ‘millions of martyrs will march towards Jerusalem’.”

“The United States of the Arabs will be restored on the hands of that man [Mursi] and his supporters. The capital of the [Muslim] Caliphate will be Jerusalem with God’s will,” Hegazy said, as the crowds cheered, waving the Egyptian flags along with the flags of the Islamist Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip.

“Tomorrow Mursi will liberate Gaza,” the crowds chanted.

“Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there,” Hegazy said.

I wonder how the Palestinians feel about that?

A run-off is planned for June 16th and 17th between Mursi and Shafiq, that is if Shafiq makes it that far. There are still people trying to pull him out of the race because of his past affiliation with Mubarak.

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