In a statement issued today Dr. Essam El-Erian, Vice-Chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party [FJP] warned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that attacking Hamas strongholds would have serve repercussions.
[Note, the FJP is the above ground political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party to which Egyptian president Muhammed Morsi belongs.]
The operative text of El-Erian's statement:
"The cause of Palestine is back in the focus of the Arab people. Egypt has changed, and is now fully behind the Palestinian people. Arabs are rethinking their entire concept of the peace process. Reconciliation on the agenda of the resistance is near." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30395]
In this case it's difficult not to read this as a threat that Egypt will fully support Hamas if and when the IDF launches its response to Hamas' incessant rocketing of Israeli cities.
In further developments regarding the escalating Egyptian-Israeli tensions, Hamas [in the person of Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas ] has issued a statement claiming that Israel is targeting civilians and calling upon the Muslim world to unite against the Jewish state:
"Arab and Muslim policymakers and stakeholders, in the light of the Arab Spring and the Islamic Renaissance, must shoulder their responsibilities and take bold and clear decisions that history will record for them for all time, away from the speeches and statements that cannot help against the murder and terrorism crimes committed against the people of Gaza." [source, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30397]
As if to provide punctuation for Egypt's increasing saber rattling, an FJP spokesman, Dr. Murad Ali, announced that the FJP will lead a support delegation to Gaza on Monday morning headed by that Dr. Mohamed Saad Katatni, chairman of the FJP.
As Egypt's escalation increases in the face of what could easily become a general Middle East war, the Obama administration is continuing to fund this now clearly jihadist state. [see by way of reference, http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30394]
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