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Last week in Budapest, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton confirmed, according to Reuters, that the Obama Administration is reaching out to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) for democratic purposes.

Clinton claims, “We believe, given the changing political landscape in Egypt, that it is in the interests of the United States to engage with all parties that are peaceful, and committed to non-violence, that intend to compete for the parliament and the presidency.”

There is no doubt that Egyptians and U.S. officials are anxious over the September elections, however, endorsing the Muslim Brotherhood, which according to Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, is an “international Islamist organization that has the destruction of the United States, Israel and all other parts of the Free World,” as its stated goal is not in America’s best interest and is essentially trading an ally for an adversary: Israel for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Reuters comments that the move “is likely to upset Israel and its U.S. supporters who have deep misgivings about the Brotherhood, a group founded in 1928 that seeks to promote its conservative vision of Islam in society.”

The “misgivings” referred to is the terrorist group, Hamas, the MB’s Palestinian branch, and the “conservative vision” is Jihad. “The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 in Egypt, and it has since spawned numerous Islamist movements throughout the region, some as branches of the Brotherhood, others with new names,” the Congressional Research Service reported in 2005.  “For example, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas traces its roots to the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.”  The CRS is a research arm of the United States Congress.

The CRS report also noted that “another of bin Laden’s instructors was Dr. Abdullah al-Azzam, a major figure in the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

According to The Muslim Brotherhood, the group is dedicated to “eliminating and destroying Western civilization from within, and sabotaging its miserable house.”

Secretary Clinton attempted to “play down the shift” by telling reporters, “The importance here is that this is not a new policy.” The Secretary cannot be further off base.

“Rashad al-Bayumi, the Brotherhood’s second-in-command, announced in an interview with Japanese TV that the group would join a transitional government in order to cancel the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, as it “offends the Arabs’ dignity and destroys the interest of Egypt and other Arab States.”

There is no diplomatic way to underplay the U.S.’s legitimization of the Brotherhood, especially when it compromises the greatest ally and only democracy in the Middle East, Israel. Three days ago, the head of the Israel Defense Force Military Intelligence, Major-Gen Aviv Kochavi, warned Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that “Iran is attempting to influence the political process in Egypt through efforts to connect with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Unfortunately, given the Obama Administration’s disconcertingly lax approach to Iran and its apparent hostility towards Israel, it comes as no surprise that the White House has yet to respond to this intelligence.

Now that the European Union has said that it, too, is interested in talking with the MB, the West has signaled that Israel and democracy are not priorities.

Consider this timeline provided by Investors Business Daily:

2009: The White House invites ISNA’s president to President Obama’s inauguration ceremonies, even though the Justice Department just two years earlier had blacklisted the Brotherhood affiliate as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land trial — the largest terror-finance case in U.S. history.

2009: Obama delivers his Cairo speech to Muslims, infuriating the Mubarak regime by inviting Brotherhood leaders to attend.

2009: The White House dispatches top presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett to give the keynote speech at ISNA’s annual convention.

2009: Obama appoints a Brotherhood-tied Islamist — Rashad Hussain — as U.S. envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which strongly supports the Brotherhood.

2010: Hussain meets with the Brotherhood’s grand mufti in Egypt.

2010: Obama meets one on one with Egypt’s foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who later remarks on Nile TV: “The American president told me in confidence that he is a Muslim.”

2011: Riots erupt in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Crowds organized by the Brotherhood demand Mubarak’s ouster, storm government buildings. The White House fails to back longtime U.S. ally Mubarak, who flees Cairo.

2011: White House sends intelligence czar James Clapper to Capitol Hill to whitewash the Brotherhood’s extremism. Clapper testifies the group is a moderate, “largely secular” organization.

2011: The Brotherhood’s spiritual leader — Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi — is given a hero’s welcome in Tahrir Square, where he raises the banner of jihad. Qaradawi, exiled from Egypt for 30 years, had been calling for “days of rage” before the rioting in Egypt.

Before Obama’s Cairo speech, he wrote an open letter to the president arguing terrorism is a direct response to U.S. foreign policy.

2011: The Brotherhood vows to tear up Egypt’s 30-year peace treaty with Israel. Since Mubarak’s fall, it has worked to formally reestablish Cairo’s ties with Hamas and Hezbollah.

2011: Obama gives Mideast speech demanding Israel relinquish land to Palestinians.

2011: White House security adviser gives friendly speech to Washington-area mosque headed by ISNA’s new president.

2011: Justice Department pulls plug on further prosecution of Muslim Brotherhood front groups identified as collaborators in conspiracy to funnel millions to Hamas.

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