Muslim Brotherhood Wants End to Egypt-Israeli Peace Deal
Egypt's banned Muslim Brotherhood movement has unveiled its plans to scrap a peace treaty with Israel if it comes to power, a deputy leader said in an interview with NHK TV.
Rashad al-Bayoumi said the peace treaty with Israel will be abolished after a provisional government is formed by the movement and other Egypt's opposition parties.
"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," al-Bayoumi said.
Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognize Israel and sign a peace agreement with the Israeli government in 1979. It is also a major mediator of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...
Russia Watches Turmoil in Egypt With Unease: Analysts
Russia is facing the quandry of backing either Egypt's opposition rallies or of supporting long-time partner President Hosni Mubarak, but Moscow's discreet official reaction to unrest is also due to its lack of sway in the situation and its own disquiet about unrest at home, say analysts.
Russia has promoted itself as a major player in the Middle East of late but only released a statement on the sixth day of popular unrest against Soviet-educated Mubarak, urging "stability" in the "long-term interests of Egyptians and the Middle East region."