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Daybreak: Brotherhood Wants Presidency

Plus U.S. joins Arab states to fund Syrian rebels, and more in the news

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Khairat el-Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate, in 2007.(Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

• The Muslim Brotherhood broke its pledge not to field a presidential candidate in Egypt when it became clear that a liberal apostate from the group as well as an ultraconservative alternative might garner lots of votes if it didn’t. The candidate is Khairat el-Shater. [NYT]

• The so-called Friends of Syria, including several Arab countries and the United States, are now officially funding the opposition. [WP]

• Following his call for a popular uprising, well-liked, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti has been placed in solitary confinement and denied the right to receive visitors. [Haaretz]

• You’ll be shocked—shocked!—to learn that Palestinian unity is, according to President Abbas, “frozen.” [JTA/Forward]

• Several alleged shooters in a January skirmish in Ramallah are members of the Red Crescent; one is the goalie on the Palestinian Olympics soccer team. [Israel HaYom]

• A traditionally Orthodox liberal blogger publicly resigns from Open Zion. Relatedly, we are now entering our fourth week of Peter Beinart-related news. [JI Daily]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

“…well-liked, jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti…”.

But conveniently ignored by MT (and it seems assiduously so), Barghouti is serving multiple life terms for murder. Granted, a minor point in MT’s P.C. world, at least if the murderer is a Palestinian and if the victims are Israeli Jews, and especially if they are “settlers” (p’tooi, p’tooi).

I must admit though, being responsible for murdering Israelis is a great way to become well-liked in the Palestinian world.

And ignoring these inconvenient facts is a great way to boost one’s journalistic credentials should a budding young blogger aspire to the heights of journalism’s Valhalla.

hg

J’lem / Efrata

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

Left over from Friday’s Sundown: “In further evidence that the sanctions Are. Just. Not. Working, Turkey is cutting oil imports from Iran by 10 percent and making the difference up with Libyan oil.”

And in fact it does seem that the sanctions are just not working. First of all, Turkey cutting **ITS** imports of Iranian oil by a whopping 10% has symbolic value, but little else. And in case you didn’t get the memo, the Iranians just don’t seem to be bothered by symbolic finger waving.

Second of all, arguably Turkey’s starting to import relatively modest amounts of oil from Libya may be more a matter of gaining a foothold of influence in the new Libya, which is beginning to show some Islamist leanings. Keep in mind that Turkey’s Foreign Minister Davitgulu (sp???), an ex-professor of international relations, long ago wrote a book in which he advocated Turkey regaining its “rightful” leadership in the Muslim world, in part by rebuilding close relations with various Islamic countries and by dumping on Israel.

Third of all, and most importantly, the sanctions, including reducing or eliminating Iranian oil sales, are a means not an end. The end, indeed the only end, is ending the Iranian nukes project.

Therefore saying the sanctions are “working” by dint of lower Iranian oil exports is meaningless. Indeed the only meaningful gauge of “working” is whether or not the Iranians are abandoning all aspects of their efforts to become a nuclear power. And THAT is not happening.

hg

Jerusalem / Efrata

George One says:

Egypt/Syria. Anyone who knows the basics of the Middle-East is not surprised at the MB moves. Of course they want to transform Egypt into a theocracy with themselves in the driving seat. As for Syria, why is the USA funding a regime-change that would usher in the MB? Haven’t they done enough harm by transforming Iraq into an Iranian satellite?

Carl says:

But how could this be? The New York Times told us that Israel is missing getting on the Arab Spring train and the MB will never run for office? Could their advice to Israel have been wrong yet again?

Thanks for the link!

Fourth week of Beinart-related news: As Lady Macbeth would have it, who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?

But all without much of a dent in sales: http://www.amazon.com/The-Crisis-Zionism-Peter-Beinart/dp/0805094121/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

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