Egypt: No Clear Winner as Brotherhood Claims Victory

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Over the weekend, Egyptians went to the polls to elect a new president. But Egypt's military rulers took steps to keep control of the country no matter who wins.

The Muslim Brotherhood claimed its candidate, Mohammed Morsi, won the election but official results won't be published until Thursday. Morsi's opponent, the military-backed former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, disputes the claims.

Whoever wins, the Egyptian army is in control. On Sunday, the ruling military council issued a temporary constitution and gave themselves control over the legislature, the budget, and who will write the new constitution.

The Muslim Brotherhood accused the military of mounting a coup.

Former Israeli ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel said a Muslim Brotherhood president would be a danger to Israel.

"If the president will be a Muslim Brotherhood, there will be a clash between the army and the president," Mazel told CBN News. "So wherever you look, no matter what angle you look there are problems -- very important problems, very heavy problems legally and politically."

"The first objective of the Muslim Brothers is to have more missiles, more equipment, and more weapons against Israel," he said.

Meanwhile in Israel, the IDF responded to a cross-border attack along the Israeli-Egyptian border, the second such attack in the last three days.

"This happened 30 kilometers [18.6 miles] south of Gaza. The way they tried to infiltrate is by opening fire, activating explosives, and firing RPGs toward two vehicles that struck construction workers who were on their way to build the fence, the border fence between Israel and Egypt," IDF spokeswoman Major Avital Leibovich told CBN News.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel was seeing a "disturbing deterioration" of Egyptian control in the Sinai.

"We are waiting for the results of the election. Whoever wins, we expect them to take responsibility for all of Egypt's international commitments, including the peace treaty with Israel and the security arrangements in the Sinai, swiftly putting an end to these attacks," Barak said.

Mazel warns the Muslim Brotherhood's goals spread far beyond Egypt.

"They want one and only one thing: to make Egypt Islamic and then to go into all the other countries and to make a kind of Caliphate and even go to the United States and Europe," he said.

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