Franklin Graham: Islamists 'Lining Up' Against Israel

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Two radical Muslim groups have again earned the top spots in Egypt's parliamentary elections.

Preliminary results show the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the Salafi al-Nour Party got 75 percent of the votes cast in Egypt's second round of voting since President Hosni Mubarak's government was ousted in February 2011.

Despite White House claims that the Muslim Brotherhood is "moderate" and largely secular, the group's professed credo is explicitly illiberal and theocratic.

It reads, "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Koran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope."

Earlier this year, the administration assured American Jewish leaders that the Muslim Brotherhood would play only a "minor" role in Egyptian politics. That hasn't been the case thus far.

Now, there's growing concern that the Islamist ascendancy in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East bodes ill for Israel and the region's non-Muslims, Christians and moderate Muslims.

Rev. Franklin Graham told CBN News that he fears another war as Islamists "line up against Israel."

Click play to watch all of his comments.  A transcript of the interview is below.

Thomas: The Muslim Brotherhood has done very well, not surprisingly; The Salafists have done very well. We have clearly seen since January 23rd an Islamic resurgence in the Middle East: Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. What kind of impact do you think that is going to have on the promulgation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in this very strategic part of the world?

Graham: The Christians in the Middle East are afraid. I am afraid for war, I believe that Islamists, when they gain control, they will line up against Israel and we will see another round of wars like we saw in '67 and later in '73.

Thomas: Do you worry about what's going on in Egypt?

Graham: I do, I very much so. You have, I've forgotten, about 13 million or more Christians, Copts, and they are afraid. Churches are burned, we see Christians are attacked, so we just have to realize what we are dealing with and yes, there is a resurgence of Islam, of Islamists and the secular Muslims are being done away with and that is to our peril.

Thomas: All indications are that the White House is willing to negotiate or willing to talk the Muslim brotherhood, to the Salafists. Do you think that's the right approach by this administration to coddle groups like the Muslim Brotherhood to allow them to come to the forefront?

Graham: We have to understand that what they want is the annhilation of Israel and so is it right for our president to try and bring them to the forefront and talk to them? No! Not at all because they have not renounced the destruction of Israel, that's their goal, that's their mission and so we are going to talk to them and help them and be friends with people who want to destroy the only true democracy in the Middle East is Israel?

It is a great mistake and the Islamists don't want to just destroy Israel, they want to destroy this country, they want to destroy the west because their goal is to raise the flag of Islam over the White House and they have said that.

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