Only a day after a peace agreement was reached between Israel and Palestine, the leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood organization has denounced efforts to halt fighting in Gaza, stating that Palestinians should wage Jihad on the Holy Land.
Mohammed Badei urged Muslims to “back your brothers in Palestine. Supply them with what they need, seek victory for them in all international arenas.”
“The enemy knows nothing but the language of force,” he said. “Be aware of the game of grand deception with which they depict peace accords.”
According to reports, Egypt permitted approximately 500 of its citizens to cross over into Gaza as a show of support for Hamas, as they chanted “Israel is the enemy.”
However, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who is also a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, is said to have played a key role in brokering the peace deal between Israel and Palestine. The cease fire follows eight days of fighting, which resulted in nearly 160 Palestinian deaths and approximately 6 Israeli fatalities. Thousands more were wounded.
“He has clearly recognized Egypt’s national interest here, and hopefully this can succeed and take hold,” George Mitchell, a Middle East envoy for the Obama Administration, told CNN. “Hamas listens to Mohamed Morsi.”
While Morsi declined to communicate with Israel directly and does not necessarily support the country, he did state that he would abide by Egypt’s 1979 treaty with Israel.
Under the deal reached between Israel and Palestine, Hamas is to cease shooting rocket fire into Israel, and Israel is to halt airstrikes while opening up previously blockaded areas on the Gaza border. The announcement of the agreement was delivered by United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr yesterday afternoon.
“The people of this region deserve the chance to live in peace,” Clinton said. “Now that there is a cease-fire, I am looking forward to working with the foreign minister and others to move this process.”
According to reports, Barack Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following the announcement of the deal.
“The president made clear that no country can be expected to tolerate rocket attacks against civilians,” a White House spokesperson told reporters. “The president expressed his appreciation for the prime minister’s efforts to work with the new Egyptian government to achieve a sustainable cease-fire and a more durable solution to this problem.”