Barry Rubin Says Muslim Brotherhood 'Not A Moderate Group'

No. 2, that the Muslim Brotherhood isn't radical, which disregards every statement made and every article written in 30 years…. Their political strategy is based on the two-stage notion: the stage of "dawa" and the stage of political action, and they would always say patience, patience. And then because they saw Mubarak was faltering and they didn't want him to hand over to his son, they saw the son as weak, they changed gears.

While the events over the past several weeks in Egypt have captivated people around the world, they are being followed particularly closely in Israel, which has enjoyed a “cold peace” with its giant Arab neighbor for nearly 30 years.

RFE/RL writer at large James Kirchick was in Israel last week for the annual Herzliya Conference, a gathering of top Israeli security officials, politicians, and journalists. There, he interviewed Barry Rubin, director of the Global Research in International Affairs Center of the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya.

Rubin is a columnist for the “Jerusalem Post,” the editor of the journal “Turkish Studies,” and the author or editor of over a dozen books on the Middle East, Islam, and the Arab world. Here are excerpts from the interview:

Barry Rubin: I’ve never seen a story as badly covered as this story. I don’t mean the color demonstrations, I mean the substance. I’ve never seen so many people go on television and radio and talk about a subject they know nothing about and make the most obvious factual errors on almost every point.

That the revolution is being carried out by young hip, Facebook people. How many young, hip Facebook people are there among 90 million Egyptians? Who is behind the April 6 movement? We don’t have any idea….

No. 2, that the Muslim Brotherhood isn’t radical, which disregards every statement made and every article written in 30 years…. Their political strategy is based on the two-stage notion: the stage of “dawa” and the stage of political action, and they would always say patience, patience. And then because they saw Mubarak was faltering and they didn’t want him to hand over to his son, they saw the son as weak, they changed gears.

http://www.rferl.org/content/interview_at_large_barry_rubin/2309301.html

 

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