Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood for “Palestine,” is overjoyed that the Brotherhood has won in Egypt. Clearly they think war with Israel is in the offing. “Gazans celebrate Brotherhood victory, Hamas hopes for new focus on Palestine,” from Egypt Independent, June 24 (thanks to Benedict):
The Gaza Strip erupted in into celebration on Sunday after news that the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate won the presidency in neighboring Egypt, with one person killed by celebratory gunfire.
Tens of thousands of joyous Palestinians took to the streets across the territory after Egypt announced that Mohammed Morsy won last weekend’s runoff election, the first time an Islamist won that nation’s highest office.
Gunmen fired automatic weapons into the air, while mosque loudspeakers rang with prayer. Some revelers handed out candy on street corners. Others waved Egyptian flags and blasted the country’s national anthem from car speakers.
A Gaza health official said that one person was killed and six others wounded by celebratory gunfire.
Gaza is ruled by Hamas, a local offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood….
“Today is new era for us in Gaza. The days of suffering due to the Egyptian authorities are over,” said Rawhi Talab, 51, a storeowner. “It’s a day of joy … I voice my hope that Egypt will work to improve our life here.”
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh phoned Morsi to congratulate him on becoming Egypt’s first Islamist president. “This is a victory for all Arabs and Muslims, and this is God’s promise to his believers,” the Hamas leader said to the newly elected president….
Gaza resident Alam Mansour handed out candy to revelers. “Today is a festival for Gaza,” the 25-year-old engineering student said. “I am sure that the president of Egypt will lead the Islamic nation to great prosperity, and he will help us here in Gaza,” he said….
The impoverished enclave burst into celebration upon hearing that the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsy had won elections after former president Hosni Mubarak fell in a people’s revolt last year….
“We will look to Egypt to play a big, leading role, a historic role, regarding the Palestinian cause, in helping the Palestinian nation get freedom, return home, and totally end the Gaza siege,” Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas government, told Reuters Television….