Egypt: We're Saving World from a Terror Organization

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- After days of street battles between the army, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, Egypt's cabinet announced it's considering banning the Islamic group.

The move comes after the worst bloodshed in Egypt's modern history. More than 79 died over the weekend and the overall toll in four days of violence is nearly 900.

As Egyptians wonder what's next, the debate over what to do extends to the United States.

Is the Muslim Brotherhood behind the violence against Egypt's Christians? CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck addresses that question and more on "The 700 Club," Aug. 19.

On Sunday, Egypt's chief military leader Gen. Abdel El-Sisi made his first public statement. He reached out to the Muslim Brotherhood, but said the army would oppose them if necessary.

Gen. Sisi said the army was the guarantor of Egypt's stability and a presidential spokesman said despite Western media reports, most Egyptians were united.

"I think Egypt is saving the world from a terrorist organization," he said.

In a recent interview, one Egyptian politician expressed what most Egyptians feel. They rejected the Muslim Brotherhood who divided Egypt into two camps: the house of Islam and the house of war.

Is an all-out civil war in store for Egypt? Cliff May, president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explains more, on CBN Newswatch, Aug. 19.

"They divided the society who belongs to them and supports them [from those who do not]," he said. "He [Morsi] belongs to the house of Islam. Who is out of that? -- Christians, liberals, liberal Muslims, [and] secular Muslims. They are in the house of war. And that's what they [the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters] are doing these days. They are fighting Egyptians. They are fighting against the Egyptian army."

Meanwhile, some Egyptian Christians made their way to Sunday services over the weekend, despite violent attacks on them earlier in the week.

"I was constantly verbally abused for being a Christian, even on the public buses they would insult me for being Christian and accused us of being infidels and that we as Christian people deserve to be wiped off the face of this country because they believe that we do not deserve to live in this country," one Coptic Christian said.

Christians bore the brunt of retaliation by the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi supporters, following the army's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood last week.

Dozens of churches, an orphanage, and Christian institutions, like Egypt's Bible Society, were attacked or burned.

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