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CUMALİ ÖNAL
July 01, 2012, Sunday

Why are the West and Israel afraid of Morsi?

Attacks by the Western and Israeli media on the Muslim Brotherhood and its candidate, Mohamed Morsi, and their disinformation efforts during the presidential election sometimes exceeded the bounds of reason and knowledge. The Egyptian media were not better than those countries’ media in this regard at all.

So what’s behind these attacks? Are they really afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood as a religious movement? Or that this movement is a terrorist network?

Absolutely not! If it was the religious aspect of the movement that that media had been afraid of, the actual target would be Saudi Arabia, where Islamic rules are applied most severely, or the religious propaganda of Iran would more be on the agenda today rather than Iran’s nuclear program.

The real cause is that a democratic Egypt will not serve the interests of the West and Israel.

Why is Israel one of the leading countries that remain silent about the massacres taking place in Syria today? Syria and Israel do not have friendly ties. Nevertheless, President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is the most favorable regime for Israel. Despite small tensions taking place from time to time between Syria and Israel, and although Israel has dropped bombs over some parts of Syria in the past, the two countries have not come to the brink of war in the last 40 years.

The same is also true for Egypt. Today, Egypt, which is led by the Muslim Brotherhood, will not serve the interests of the US and Israel at all if it is not forced to do so by those countries. This is because the people, who voted for the movement and its party, will not let them serve the interests of those countries.

Why do the Western and Israeli media frequently bring the Camp David Accords (a peace treaty that was signed between Egypt and Israel in 1978, ending 30 years of war between the countries) into the spotlight? This is because this accords guarantee the existence of Israel. If this agreement is annulled, the existence of Israel will begin to be thoroughly questioned.

A democratic Egypt will likely question the enduring Israeli occupation (in some parts of Palestine). Do the Egyptian people and the democratic regime of Egypt approve of the situation in the West Bank and Gaza, which are currently have been turned into “open-air prisons”?

Can Iran, which acts freely thanks to the presence of the US in the Middle East, create a threat for Arab countries supporting Egypt? The current presence of the US in the region not only constitutes a guarantee for Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the royal families in other Gulf countries, but also constitutes a guarantee for Iran’s expansionism. If the influence of Iran spreads from India to the Mediterranean today, the reasons behind it can be put down to the US and Western countries.

The internalization of democracy in Egypt will be a beacon of hope, without doubt, for Egypt and for the Arab world. The vast majority of the population in Egypt today lives below the poverty line. The main reasons are the regime of Hosni Mubarak, who oppressed his people for years, and his predecessors. The same situation is also true of other Arab countries.

However, the Western world and Israel never cared about the situation of the Arab countries at all. The only thing they cared about was their interests.

It is probable that the Muslim Brotherhood will take their rightful place on the world stage within the next few years if they act by making the right assessments about the problems facing the country and the world.

For now, a democratic Egypt led by Mohamed Morsi, the candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood, should closely examine countries that have achieved economic, political and international success, primarily Turkey.

Everybody knows that how different Turkey is today from the Turkey which was only fulfilling the directives of the Western world 10 years ago. However, Turkey did not accomplish this difference by creating tensions with the Western world, Israel or its neighboring countries. On the contrary, Turkey has made great efforts to assuage the fears of these countries.

Turkey has made ​​even greater efforts to become a member of the EU. Turkey has developed its relations with the US more, although they had completely opposite ideas on issues regarding Iran, Iraq and Israel. Relations with its neighboring countries changed slightly after the Arab revolutions, and Turkey established more pragmatic relationships with them.

Morsi, who was raised by the Muslim Brotherhood, which was subject to oppression by regimes for years, should deal with the country’s economy as a priority if he wants to have a strong say in the international arena. If Egypt’s economy stabilizes, it will also be successful in other areas.

In reality, Turkey is not a country that is completely settled in political, social, diplomatic and other areas today. However, because it successfully turns the wheels of its economy, the problems are not brought into the spotlight very much. Unfortunately, if Turkey’s economic development stops or slows down, the other problems in the country will come to the forefront.

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