New York Times Cairo bureau chief: Muslim Brotherhood is ‘moderate, regular old political force’

The Muslim Brotherhood’s supposed moderation also isn’t immediately evident from its positions on various issues.

Among other things, the Muslim Brotherhood opposes the existence of Israel. Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Badie recently said that “the jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims,” and Morsi was recently caught on tape mouthing “amen” when an imam called for the destruction of the Jews.

Top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Morsi, have propagated 9/11 trutherism, suggesting the terrorist attacks on America may not have been committed by Islamist terrorists. The Brotherhood supports the institution of Islamic law, known as sharia, in Egypt — and not just rhetorically.

To that end, Morsi is using his recent power grab and its resulting turmoil to rush through a referendum on a new anti-liberal constitution that was put together by a committee of Islamists after liberals and Christians boycotted the drafting process.

And lest it be forgotten, Hamas, the Palestinian terror group whose genocidal charter calls for the destruction of not only Israel but Jews generally, is a direct offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Since its founding, the Brotherhood has generally had an adversarial and sometimes violent relationship with various Egyptian regimes, often leading to the group’s suppression. Nonetheless, after the downfall of Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011, which the Muslim Brotherhood helped bring about, the Brotherhood emerged as far and away the most organized political force in Egypt.

The Brotherhood-backed Freedom and Justice Party won a plurality of seats in the Egyptian parliament, and its presidential candidate, Morsi, won Egypt’s top position.

Since assuming office, Morsi has consolidated his control, decreeing himself what many consider to be dictatorial powers on Nov. 22. The decree has prompted mass protests from Egyptians who oppose a return to dictatorship.