Remember when Mohammed ElBaradei, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency was seen as a ‘moderate’ candidate to take over Egypt? The former IAEA chief’s links to the Muslim Brotherhood are apparent and his stonewalling to protect the regimes of Saddam’s Iraq and the Mullahs’ Iran are infamous.
Now, as a candidate to take over as the next leader of Egypt, he is making waves. ElBaradei has come out further on a limb than many on the West expected– and more than Israel had feared.
ElBaradei has opened with the commonplace anti-Israel rhetoric, reversing the policy of Egypt’s military dictators for the last thirty years:
Former International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei, who had previously announced his intetions to run for the presidency of Egypt, said Monday that “if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime.”
ElBaradei is a threat to peace in the Middle East. He is no true reformer and will use anti-Israel sloganeering to get himself elected. Even if he does not act on his threat to attack the Jewish state, he sets a bad precedent that hearken back to the chest-beating pseudo-nationalism of Nasser.