Israel's Home Front Defense Minister, Avi Dichter, gave an excellent assessment this week of what exactly the Muslim Brotherhood is up to in the Middle East.
Here's more, from the Jerusalem Post:
Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter on Sunday warned that the Muslim Brotherhood is co-opting the Arab Spring with the end-goal of creating an Islamic "caliphate" that would span the Middle East.
"What started in Tunis and continued in Egypt is ongoing in Syria, and will threaten Jordan and other Arab countries," Dichter said. "The Brotherhood already has an outpost in the Palestinian territories, in the form of Hamas."
The keynote speaker at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism's World Summit, Dichter added that the beyond infiltrating Israel's neighbors, the Brotherhood's more long-term goal is to gain control of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, where "there is already a massive movement of youth devoted to eradicating non-Muslim values from society," according to Dichter.
Turning to Syria, Dichter said that so long as President Bashar Assad remains in power, the Brotherhood can not achieve its aims. "In Syria, being affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood is tantamount to a death sentence," he said. However, Dichter warned that if the embattled Syrian leader were to fall, the Brotherhood could in fact take control of the country, which would have deep repercussions on Syria's neighbors.
Perhaps Obama administration officials can have Dichter to the White House to brief them about their Brotherhood friends. Um, I won't hold my breath.