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Israel Home Front Defense Minister: The Muslim Brotherhood Wants to Take Over Middle East

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Israel Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter.

In a wide ranging interview with Israel Hayom Israel’s Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter reinforced his position that Israel needs American assistance to confront Iran and also criticized The Muslim Brotherhood for its unbending agenda of regional domination.

Dichter, the former head of the Shin Bet who was only recently named to his current position in August, announced his intentions this week to run for a seat in the Knesset. He said of the need to not unilaterally attack Iran that, “Iran is a regional Muslim power from both a military standpoint as well as from the standpoint of its scientific and technological capabilities. Iran’s development capabilities are not insignificant.”

When questioned about The Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in the region he had this to say: “The Muslim Brotherhood worldview is devoid of states and borders. Their worldview revolves around one large Islamic caliphate that encompasses all of the Arab countries in the area. I wouldn’t be surprised if they identify the opportunity and exploit it to take control of Syria. They are beginning to solidify their base of power in Saudi Arabia, and they want to take over the wealthy states in the Persian Gulf.”

Dichter, who has been a close friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s since serving in the army together, told the Israeli publication Arutz Sheva in February that Israel is not a world superpower. “We cannot lead the world offensive against Iran. We have to participate, we have to give all kinds of information and intelligence that we have. We need to prepare, just in case nobody plans to do anything, but to lead it will be a total mistake by the State of Israel.”

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