On November 21, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi was praised for his role in brokering a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. He had positioned himself as the moderate peacemaker worthy of the $1 billion per year the U.S. had given his predecessor. The very next day, he cashed in his good will with an enormous power grab that made him, in the words of one prominent Egyptian, the “new Pharoah.”
It is apparent that the two events are connected. Morsi’s role in the negotiations was not motivated by a desire for everlasting peace between Israel and Hamas. After all, Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and so they share the same goals, such as the elimination of Israel. Morsi and the Brotherhood did not condemn the firing of a single rocket before or during Operation Pillar of Defense. Once it began, Morsi threatened Israel and sided with Hamas.
The ceasefire was the product of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political strategy.