Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood/Al-Qaeda Connection

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mmFront Page Mag: “As former Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s trials continue, it’s enlightening to consider what is likely to be one of the centerpieces of the trial: longstanding accusations that Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood party worked with foreign terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, against the national security of Egypt.”

Opinion: Yesterday, the Jerusalem Post reported that “an al-Qaida-inspired” group has emerged as Egypt’s biggest terrorist threat in a decade, after a week in which its members claimed responsibility for shooting down a military helicopter, assassinating a senior policeman, and exploding a huge bomb outside Cairo’s police headquarters.

Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis (ABM), or Champions of Jerusalem, first emerged in 2011, amid a security vacuum caused by the fall of Hosni Mubarak. Based in the isolated northern Sinai desert, next to the Israeli border, ABM’s operations expanded drastically after the Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown in July 2013.

Bible scholars are split on two of the 7 nations in the Psalm 83 alliance. Here are two theories:

Theory 1. The Hagrites are thought to represent Egypt through the Egyptian mother of Ishmael, Hagar – Ishmaelites are represented by Saudi Arabia the area where Ishmael settled.

Theory 2. The Hagrites and Ishmaelites are synonymous and represent Saudi Arabia making the alliance exclusively Arab ( Egypt is  North African, not an Arab nation).

Here are the 7 nations:

Edom, Moab and Ammon are south, central and northern Jordan -Sunni
Ishmaelites (Saudi Arabia) – Sunni
Hagrites (Egypt)  – Mostly Sunni with small Shia factions
Amalek (Sinai) -Sunni
Philistia (Gaza, Hamas) – Sunni but accepts funding from Iran
Assyria (Syria, Northern Iraq) Currently Shia with Sunni fighting for control

The inhabitants of Tyre/Gebal (southern and northern Lebanon) – Shia

I am with the Egypt camp for 3 reasons:

  1. Psalm 83 clearly names each army individually.
  2. The incursion of the Arab terror group Ansar Beyt al-Maqdis (ABM) into Egypt may be the future Hagrite (Arab) army and not the Egyptians, saving them for the final battle of Armageddon (Daniel 11:40).
  3. The possibility that the Psalm 83 alliance is not exclusively Arab.