Egypt 'Brotherhood' Candidate Speaks Out

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- As Egypt prepares for presidential elections this fall, campaign speeches are finding their way to the Internet.

The Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report recently posted remarks made in March by candidate Mohamed Selim Al-Awa, calling for "affirmation of the enmity" with Israel, "equality with the West," and normal relations with the "resistance" and with Iran.

The report describes Al-Awa, a close associate of Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi, as the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's 'undeclared nominee' for president.
 
Al-Awa demands equality with the West -- and especially with the U.S. -- according to a Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translation of his speech.

"We do not want the American ambassador to tour Egypt from east to west and meet governors, heads of boroughs, and elementary school principals in order to monitor what is done with the American aid. We do not want that aid. This wealthy people is [sic] capable of being self-sufficient," al-Awa said.
He also talked of diminishing the powers of the American ambassador to Egypt.
 
"Ambassadors are not allowed to leave their residence unless they inform the Foreign Ministry, which sends someone to accompany them," Al-Awa said.

"The American ambassador travels all over Egypt without supervision, without informing anyone, and nobody knows what she is saying. Enough said. We don't want this to continue. This must stop," he said.
Al-Awa branded Israel an enemy and demanded "normal relations" with the Jewish state.
 
"Israel is an enemy with which we have a truce -- it is not a friend, it is not an ally, and we do not have a peace treaty with it. This is a truce, and it is as temporary as all truces," Al-Awa said.

"Throughout history, there hasn't been a single treaty that was not torn up by one of the parties to it. Oh Egyptians, make sure that the Zionists do not tear up this treaty before you do," he said.

Al-Awa calls for "placing Israel in its normal status: the enemy of all the Arab and Muslim countries, and Egypt first and foremost" and for consolidating relations with "all the forces of resistance - Hezbollah, Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and the PFLP."

He also wants to establish Egypt as the cradle of the resistance, its shelter in difficult times and as the "source that supplies the resistance with money, men, and weapons."

And he calls for friendly relations with Iran.

"Iran is not our enemy. It is not a Jewish or populist country. Iran is a country with a culture, with civilization, and with Islam, and it wants to spread them," Al-Awa said.

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