[ 06/12/2011 - 04:21 PM ]
RAMALLAH, (PIC)-- As the results of the first round of the Egyptian parliamentary election started to unfold and show the progress of Islamists, a state of anxiety and fear started to prevail among Israeli leaders and political analysts. Different Israeli officials voiced their fear of seeing Islamic groups win Egypt's parliamentary election after the initial results came against their expectations.
Israeli middle east expert David Bucky warned in an interview with Israel's channel 7 of the accession of Islamists to power in Egypt. "The ascension of Islamists in Egypt to power means an end to the peace treaty with Israel and also means the emergence of a committed government with an Islamic ideology that aims at the destruction of Israel," Bucky told the channel.
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"When you give a Muslim the freedom to vote in free and fair elections, he certainly will choose Islamic leaders because he knows well that the Muslim brotherhood will solve the problems of Egypt," he added. "If the Islamists exist in a certain area, they extend in that area very quickly, the specialist in middle east affairs expressed his belief, condemning the western countries for helping the Muslim brotherhood and what he sees as Al-Qaeda members to achieve a victory in Libya, Tunisia and other countries.
"They are two controlling forces in the Arab world, the Islamic groups and the official dictators, and in the interest of the western countries is to side with the dictators," he stated. Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, for its part, quoted an Israeli official from the foreign ministry as saying that Egypt's election results were more serious than their expectations.
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"The results indicate that an extremist trend is prevailing throughout the middle east and this was an extension to the elections in Tunisia and Morocco," the official told the newspaper. For his part, Israeli war minister Ehud Barak told channel 2 that the Islamization of Arab countries, as he described, is very disturbing to Israel, but he added that it would be premature to say how such changes would affect the region.
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Maariv newspaper also quoted a government official as saying that if the Muslim brotherhood united with the Salafists, they both would have 60 percent of the parliamentary seats so far, and then the situation would be difficult and dangerous to Israel as Egypt would become a religious state and would thus work against it.