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Lets Not Deceive Ourselves on What the Muslim Brotherhood Seeks

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. DOLD. Mr. Speaker, as people in the United States evaluate what happened this past weekend in the Presidential election in Egypt, I have a simple message: we shouldn't deceive ourselves.

At a time when we are focused on stopping Iran's nuclear weapons program and on isolating the Iranian regime, the incoming Egyptian President vows to expand ties with Iran. At a time when families in southern Israel constantly live in fear of Qassam rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza, the incoming Egyptian President vows to expand ties with Hamas. As for relations with Israel, we should not paper over the most obvious reason for alarm. While the incoming President has recently pledged to honor the Camp David Accords, it is our responsibility to ensure that the U.S. goodwill is not taken advantage of and painfully looked upon as naive.

We must understand that the Muslim Brotherhood has a very clear history of opposing the peace treaty. Six weeks ago, incoming President Mohammed Morsi stated: ``Jihad is our path, and death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.''

While we welcome the democratic process, Mr. Speaker, this result is nothing to cheer. We must not be in denial of what the Muslim Brotherhood really wants.

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