Hamas identifies itself in its charter as an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, so this should come as a surprise to no one — except, perhaps, those who still believe that a wonderful flowering of Western-style democracy and pluralism has come to Egypt. But the truth will reveal itself soon enough even to them.
“The Muslim Brotherhood will have a significant role to play in post-Mubarak Egypt. And that is good thing [sic].” — Reza Aslan
“Morsy to meet with Haniyeh in August, Maan says,” from Egypt Independent, July 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Hamas is in touch with the Egyptian presidential office to set up a meeting between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinian Maan News Agency reported Thursday.
Maan quoted sources as saying that a meeting will be held next month between Haniyeh and Morsy to discuss conditions in the Gaza Strip.
Mohamed Awad, the Hamas foreign minister and deputy prime minister in Gaza, told Maan that the discussions will focus on the daily lives of Palestinians in the strip and general political issues. He stressed the need to focus on supporting the Palestinian cause in international forums and applying pressure to ease the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Awad expressed the hope that the Rafah border crossing would be treated like any other border crossing and would remain open and running normally.
Egyptian state-run news agency MENA quoted Youssef Rizqa, a political adviser to Haniyeh, as saying that a Hamas delegation will pay a visit to Cairo next Thursday to congratulate Morsy on his victory.
Morsy said in a speech last week that, “Egypt will stand with the Palestinian people in order to get all of their legitimate rights and will work on completing the reconciliation process so that the Palestinian people will be united.”