Media Whitewashing Muslim Brotherhood's Goals?

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Just four months ago Egyptians elected Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Morsi after three decades of rule under former President Hosni Mubarak.

Now critics fear Morsi's putting his group's stamp on the largest nation in the Middle East.

Former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Zvi Mazel warned that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood are methodically taking over the country's institutions.

"They started with the Army, which was quite a big surprise," he said.

"On the one side you have the Muslim Brothers trying to take over all the centers of powers in Egypt, putting in their own people, sending away the others," Mazel said. "So far they've only had opposition from the judiciary, from the judges. But they mean business."

Other like Mazel believe the long-term implications of Islamic Brotherhood rule could be detrimental to Israel.

With a goal to institute Islamic Sharia law, the Brotherhood's religious leader said there will never be a negotiation over Jerusalem and Islam's holy places and that waging jihad to recapture them is the duty of all Muslims.

"The Muslim Brothers ideology is to wipe Israel off the map and kill the Jews. It is anti-Semitic before being anti-Israeli," Mazel argued.

Middle East expert Barry Rubin said their goals are evident but seldom reported by the media.

"I think we have a Muslim Brotherhood dictatorship pushed on and sometimes working with the Salafists who are even more radical. Look, this is an anti-Semitic government who's leaders want to commit genocide against the Jews," Rubin said.

"All you have to do is read their speeches and publications," he said. "It's not hidden but it doesn't get into the mass media in the United States which conceals, whitewashes this to a ridiculous extent."

It is one reason why Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. , said the United States should reconsider providing foreign aid to the country.

"This administration should be very clear to Egypt (they) should not get additional support from the United States until they meet critical guidelines of recognizing their treaties with Israel and of recognizing their human rights commitments," Franks warned.

The 18 day protests that first sparked the change in leadership was launched last year by secular, leftist young activists. They were joined later by the Brotherhood's leadership. 

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