If Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi became president, Egypt’s new capital will no more be Cairo, but the new capital will be Jerusalem, a prominent Egyptian cleric said at a presidential campaign rally, which was aired by an Egyptian private TV channel.
“Our capital shall not be Cairo, Mecca or Medina. It shall be Jerusalem with God’s will. Our chants shall be: ‘millions of martyrs will march towards Jerusalem’,” prominent cleric Safwat Hagazy said, according to the video aired by Egypt’s religious Annas TV on Tuesday.
The video went viral after being posted on YouTube – accompanied by English subtitles by Memri TV –, with 61,691 views until Thursday night.
Egyptian cleric Safwat Hegazy (C) shouts during a demonstration at Tahrir Square in Cairo, against the verdict for deposed leader Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters)
“The United States of the Arabs will be restored on the hands of that man [Mursi] and his supporters. The capital of the [Muslim] Caliphate will be Jerusalem with God’s will,” Hegazy said, as the crowds cheered, waving the Egyptian flags along with the flags of the Islamist Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip.
“Tomorrow Mursi will liberate Gaza,” the crowds chanted.
“Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there,” Hegazy said.
Hegazy’s speech came during a presidential campaign rally at the Egyptian Delta city of Mahalla, where Mursi attended along with the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badei and members of the group and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
At least he's realistic about the options:We get to watch the Israelis destroy another incompetent arab army? Meh, been there, done that.
There's no way they follow through though. Why risk your position for a war you know you will lose. No chance of winning the reelection after "millions of martyrs" die.Yes, we will either pray in Jerusalem or we will be martyred there, Hegazy said.
The arab spring was a total failure, the situation is worse than before, they would have been better off with the old dictators but the idiot democrats will say this is badLooks like the spring brought in a heaping helping of crazy. Not sure which is worse, the dictators that were there before, or the religious nutcases now.
That's a fair point, but given the track record of other countries where religious crazies gain power, I'm not at all optimistic.It took the US a good decade or so to finally have a stable government after our spring...give them some time to figure themselves out. Just because you can microwave a dinner in 5 minutes does not mean everything in the world happens instantly.
It was a shame what happened to those giant budhas in Afghanistan.As long as these fuckers don't start destroying the pyramids...
That to me are grounds for full scale invasion and asskicking.
I agree. There will definately be growing pains, but the military appears to be a very good one that will not try to grab power. The civilian leadership also must represent ALL the people, and since a large portion of them are Islamic, they need to be represented. I feel he is doing that well.As a US educated Morsy is determined to steer a moderate course, uphold most aspects of the Israeli Egyptian peace treaties, and is nothing remotely resembling a dangerous radical.
As Egypt as a country is embarking on democratic rule and not a military dictatorship.