By Adam Morrow and Khaled Moussa al-Omrani
"CAIRO, Jan 11 (IPS) - Egypt's official press has recently alleged an "organisational relationship" between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) opposition movement and Palestinian resistance group Hamas, currently facing the brunt of Israel's war on the Gaza Strip. MB spokesmen, however, say their relationship with Hamas is purely ideological.
"Hamas has adopted the principles of the MB," Essam Al-Arian, leading member of the Egyptian MB, told IPS. "But there is absolutely no 'organisational relationship' between the two movements."....
According to Al-Arian, Ibrahim's claims are simply an attempt to distract an increasing alienated public from the government's failure to resolve the 60-year-old Israel-Palestine conflict.
"Until now, the so-called Arab 'moderate' states -- led by Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- have been unable to produce anything even remotely positive for the Palestinians," he said. "The Arab regimes lost their wars with Israel. Now, fearing for their hold on power, they don't want anyone else to fight the Zionist enemy.""