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Muslim Brotherhood Document Blames Israel for Military Coup

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Millions protest in mass demonstrations across Egypt on Friday, July 26, 2013. Photo: Screenshot.

Millions protest in mass demonstrations across Egypt on Friday, July 26, 2013. Photo: Screenshot.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is blaming Israel for instigating last month’s military coup that ended with the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power, Al-Monitor reported Thursday.

According to an internal analysis document from the organization obtained by the website, the Brotherhood attributes their recent woes to Israel, Iran and other Gulf states. The document was written by Mohammed Ahmed Rashed, an Iraqi national who is considered the Brotherhood’s top planner and theorist.

The document, titled The Return from Freedom, is 37 pages long, and is divided into three sections: identifying the parties involved in the coup; the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in overcoming this historic ordeal; and, a list of the most important benefits that may be gleaned from the current situation, despite its difficulty.

Rashed accuses Israel of accelerating the end of Morsi’s rule by playing a major role in planning the coup and in supporting the Egyptian army, with the help of money from the Gulf, particularly Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

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He accuses the United States of supporting the coup by using the Egyptian army to frustrate Islamic ambitions. He also writes that Obama “proves to be concerned about interests rather than moral obligation, and subject to pressure by the Zionist lobby, which believes this coup serves the security of Israel.”

Rashed also accuses Iran of being one of the hidden hands behind the coup. He accuses Iran of mobilizing Arab Shiites against Morsi because of his stand on the Syrian issue and his blocking of Iranian attempts to infiltrate Egypt.

Al Monitor’s adds analysis of the document saying that it “characterizes the current situation in Egypt as the ugliest military coup in modern history due to its bloody methods. At the same time, the document considers the coup the beginning of uniting the Islamic nation under a wise leadership. The document argues that the sit-ins taking place throughout Egypt are bound to change the equation and cancel the military’s advantage. On page eight, Rashed writes, ‘If free elections without rigging are held, the majority will become inclined toward legitimacy and freedom, and President Mohammed Morsi would come back to power.'”

Al Monitor notes that the importance of the document rests in Rashed’s great influence on the Muslim Brotherhood masses: “They eagerly await his writings. They consider him a visionary who can diagnose problems accurately, someone with the wisdom to issue recommendations for decision-makers and someone who has a way with words that attracts the ordinary Islamist reader.”

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