Sunday, January 08, 2012

US Assurances The Muslim Brotherhood Will Respect Peace With Israel Are Worthless

In a press briefing on Thursday, January 5, State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland assured the press the Obama administration had the Muslim Brotherhood assurance on peace with Israel:

QUESTION: Okay. We have the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in an interview with Al Hayat saying that they don’t regard the peace treaty with Israel as binding, that they didn’t sign it, and if they come to power, they might put it to a referendum. Do you have any reaction to that? Are you – is this something that you’re trying to seek more clarification on from them?

MS. NULAND: Well, we’ve seen this press report. I would say that it is one member of the MB. We have had other assurances from the party with regard to their commitment not only to universal human rights, but to the international obligations that the Government of Egypt has undertaken. As we’ve said again and again, not only with regard to Egypt but with regard to other states in that region in transition, we expect that legitimate parties will not only support universal human rights, but will also (inaudible) continue to support international obligations made by their governments.

QUESTION: So as far as you understand, this isn’t officially the Muslim Brotherhood position that was reflected in that interview. You still think that they are bound to uphold the treaty?

MS. NULAND: We – they have made commitments to us along those regards, and as I said, we will judge these parties by what they do.

...QUESTION: Victoria, a follow-up on Andy’s question on the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, they gave you these assurances in casual conversations, or are they stated policy – the party policy line, or how did they give you their assurances to abide by internationally agreed –

MS. NULAND: Well, let me say that among the reasons that we are trying to meet with different political actors in Egypt, including with the Muslim Brotherhood, is that this isn’t a monolithic organization. None of these groups are monolithic. We want to make sure that we have an open dialogue where we are being clear publicly, but we’re also being clear privately about our hopes and expectations for Egypt’s future, our hopes and expectations that any political actors will respect human rights and will uphold the international obligations of the Egyptian Government. So we have, in that context, had some good reassurances from different interlocutors, and we will continue to seek those kinds of reassurances going forward.

So let's see
Bottom line, regardless of what State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland reassures us about the Muslim Brotherhood:

US assurances are worthless.
Israel is on its own.
Did anyone really expect anything different?

And don't forget, when it comes to the Muslim Brotherhood, "their commitment not only to universal human rights, but to the international obligations that the Government of Egypt has undertaken" are all suspect--no matter what Obama says to the contrary.

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