Egypt's Brotherhood Launches US 'Charm Offensive'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Egyptians are expected to elect a new president next month. The outcome will go a long way to determine that country's future, and the aftermath will be felt from Jerusalem to Washington, D.C.

In March, a delegation from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood visited Washington, D.C. Some called it a "charm offensive," an attempt to portray a softer image of this terror group controlling Egypt's new parliament.

"They can say whatever they want in order to hide their true aims and this is what the Muslim Brotherhood did in America," former Israeli ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel told CBN News.

Mazel said the group camouflaged themselves during their U.S. visit.

"People should know that in Islam you have the right to lie and even to kill in order to defend your religion or to enhance it, to foster it, you see," he explained.

"It's something that is not accepted and known in the West, but this is the real thing," he said. "They just lied to the people in order to change their image and get support in America."

The visit is just the latest deception from the Brotherhood. For example, leaders promised not to put a candidate in next month's presidential election but have since changed their mind.

Counter-terrorism expert Boaz Ganor saud it all points to one direction.

"So what we see is that the Muslim Brotherhood shares the same end goal as those extremists, which is creating a caliphate state that would be run by the Sharia law in Arab countries and all over the world," Ganor told CBN News.

A Brotherhood victory would put Egypt on the path to becoming an Islamic state. Mazel said whether or not the United States admits it, they've already lost their strongest ally in the Arab world.

"Egypt is not anymore (a) strategic ally of America," he said. "This is finished. You cannot repair it now. Maybe in 10 years' time, but not now."

"The Arab Spring has brought a lot of instability to the region," an IDF spokesperson remarked.

While Washington is an ocean away, Israel is literally on the frontlines. It's working to complete a fence and seal its 144-mile-long border with Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.

"On our part, the challenge of the IDF still has not changed because, at the end of the day, the challenge is to protect the civilians of Israel," IDF spokeswoman Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich told CBN News.

Terrorists used the sanctuary of the Sinai to launch a cross-border attack last August, which killed eight Israelis. Since the Hosni Mubarak government fell, Egypt is losing or has lost control of much of the Sinai.

"The Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, those are ungoverned territories in which the central government doesn't control the territory whatsoever," Ganor explained.

"When you combine the two -- failed state and ungoverned territories -- you know this is heaven for extremists, fundamentalists, and terrorists," he said.

Weapons are also pouring into the Egyptian Sinai. Some say the land is more like the Wild West and they expect a shoot out sooner or later.

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