Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar said the Muslim Brotherhood was, "the most moderate organization, the most democratic organization, even more than the Western people," in a radio interview with Jerusalem-based investigative reporter Aaron Klein on WABC Radio New York on Sunday.

He added "Don't search for the devil," saying that "the problem in the West is they are afraid from the Muslim Brotherhood because they know nothing about them.”

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In the interview, Zahar praised the Egyptian protests and said the Muslim Brotherhood will seek progressive democratic gains in the Egyptian parliament, "they are going to participate by one third of the number of the parliament."

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"They can achieve more than that, but now in the expected era, they are going to participate only by one third of their power….This is the first step, but they are going to participate in the local councils in order to serve the people and to reconstruct what was destroyed by the corrupt systems."

Zahar continued to discuss what he said was the inevitable decline of the US "empire," saying "any state without morality will not survive. Morality is not only having money. Morality is having justice. You are not implementing the justice."

"You are going sooner or later to suffer from the same problem when your power decreased and the power of others, for example, China, India, Japan, as your history (shows) becomes more supreme," he said.

 “Look to the British empire. Look to the French empire. Look to the German power. What was the cause of their destruction? Their immoralities. So I am not here fabricating or inventing a story or a theory. This is well known."

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