Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood will not recognize Israel "under any circumstance," the party's deputy leader Dr Rashad Bayoumi told Arabic daily al-Hayat
in an interview publish Sunday.
Egypt's two leading Islamist parties won about two-thirds of votes for party lists in the second round of polling for a parliament that will help draft a new constitution after decades of autocratic rule, the election committee said at the beginning of December. When asked whether it is a requirement for the government in Egypt to recognize Israel, Bayoumi responded by saying that "This is not an option at all, whatever the circumstances, we do not recognize Israel at all. Its [Israel] an occupying criminal enemy."