Sunday Jan 8 2012
Deputy head of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party denies comments by U.S. State Department that Brotherhood made guarantees to honor peace deal with Israel, says, “treaty is not sacred and can and should be changed.”
The deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Arian, says the party will not recognize agreements with “hostile entities.”
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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which claims it has won at least 41 percent of the seats in Egypt’s lower house of parliament in the third round of voting, on Saturday denied remarks made by U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland that the Islamist group made guarantees to the U.S. that it would continue to respect Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.
In an interview over the weekend with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, the deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, Essam Arian, said, “We never promised that we would honor the peace treaty with Israel. The treaty is not sacred and we can and should make changes in it.”
Another senior member of the party told the London-based newspaper Asharq Alawsat, “The movement’s position is not to recognize the Zionist entity and not to recognize peace agreements with hostile entities, and this position will never change.”