All talk and no action? Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood accused of hypocrisy over Gaza
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have long since defined themselves as 'staunch supporters' of the Palestinian cause but as Israeli rockets bombarded Gaza last night, leaving its streets in ruins and children for dead, neither Morsi or the Brotherhood were anywhere to be seen.
When Egypt's people united against President Hosni Mubarak's regime last year, Israel watched with baited breath. Mubarak supporters until the end, the Jewish state tried to call on the US and Europe to keep the dictator in power.
But Mubarak's quiet co-operation with Israel didn't reflect the wishes of ordinary Egyptians and when Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohammed Morsi, came into power earlier this year, many thought relations between the two countries would finally sour.
Egypt's Brotherhood haven't left any question mark on where they stand with Israel. In the past they have been keen to play to popular anti-Israeli sentiment, calling for the country's destruction and referring to its people as 'the Jews'.
The group has maintained a militant rhetoric, promising to launch a crackdown on Israel in August. This followed an attack on a police station in Sinai leaving 16 dead, which they blamed on Israeli secret service, Mossad. Their supreme leader, Mohammad Badie, has claimed: "Zionists only know the way of force."
Morsi himself drew a clear line between his own plans for Israel and those acted out by ousted President Mubarak by using his UN debut to "call for immediate movement, serious movement to put an end to the occupation and settlement of occupied Jerusalem."
But as the situation in Gaza reaches boiling point, have Morsi and his 'Brothers' been proved to be 'all talk and no action'?
While Egypt's ambassador was quickly pulled out of Gaza yesterday as the Israeli strikes were launched, Palestinians were seemingly left to fend for themselves.
The Egyptian government was still talking the talk yesterday, branding Gazans killed by the bombs as "martyrs". But it wasn't until today that Egypt gave Palestinians an escape from the attacks.
Ignoring clear warning signs, Egypt failed to open the Rafah Crossing until this afternoon.
With no let up in sight, President Morsi today issued a statement saying: "We do not accept under any circumstances the continuation of this aggression on the strip." However, Gazans are left wondering what action will really be taken on the ground.
Do you think Morsi is all talk and no action or will this be his moment to prove his support for Palestine? How should Egypt respond to the attack on the Gaza strip? Share your comments with us below!
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