If Jimmy Carter has anything to hang his hat on as president, it was the Camp David Accords. Yet, as the Middle East burns, he has expressed his support for the group that assassinated Anwar Sadat – the Muslim Brotherhood. Now, both Abdul Monheim Aboul Fotouh – expelled from the Muslim Brotherhood only because he decided to run for president (wink, wink perhaps?) – and Amr Moussa, the two front runners for President of Egypt, seek to undo all that Carter could claim victory on.
In an unprecedented televised debate for Egyptian presidential candidates, the two frontrunners aggressively attacked each others’ credentials but found common ground in their opposition to Israel, which both called an “enemy.”
“Israel is an enemy,” said Abdul Monheim Aboul Fotouh, an Islamist formerly associated with the Muslim Brotherhood who was jailed by Hosni Mubarak’s government.
His leading opponent, liberal nationalist Amr Moussa, sought to tread more lightly on the Israel issue, stating, “It is a country that advocates an aggressive stance but I do not want to choose these emotive expressions. The responsibility of the president is to be removed from this and make the right decision for the country.”
Both men strongly agreed, however, Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, considered vital to stability in the region, contained elements they considered unfair to Egypt and would be renegotiated.
Here is Jimmy Carter last year, saying that he trusts the Muslim Brotherhood:
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids