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So far, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi has called for the release of the “Blind Sheikh” Abdul Rahman — the convicted mastermind of the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 — released 25 convicted terrorists from Egyptian prisons, and met with the leaders of the Gaza-based terror organization Hamas. President Obama invited Mursi to the White House in September. What would Morsi have to do to get disinvited? Eat babies?

America may have to deal with unsavory governments as a matter of national interest, but an ostentatious welcome to the leader of a terrorist organization — the Muslim Brotherhood — who embraces as a comrade the most notorious jihadi terrorist in an American prison is an utterly reprehensible betrayal of American national security interests. PJ Media’s own Andrew McCarthy, the federal prosecutor who convicted the World Trade Center bombers, explained the nature of the beast in a July 23 post here.

It’s no surprise that Morsi would embrace Hamas, which “was founded in 1987 (during the First Intifada) as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood” (Wikipedia). As the Jerusalem Post reports this morning,

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh is expected to meet in Cairo on Thursday with Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. Haniyeh, who left the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border terminal Wednesday, is accompanied by a 17-member delegation of Hamas officials and businessmen. He will be the second Hamas leader to meet with Mursi since the latter assumed power. Last week, Mursi met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

Haniyeh’s objective is to eliminate border controls for people and goods between Egypt and Gaza. Egypt and Israel controlled the Gaza border to limit the supplies of weapons to terrorists. According to the Israeli Army,

Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, terrorists have fired more than 8,000 rockets into Israel. Over one million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks. In 2011 alone, 627 rockets from Gaza hit Israeli towns. That’s an even higher number than in 2010, when 231 rockets hit Israel. Since 2001, more than 12,800 rockets and mortars, an average of 3 attacks every single day, have landed in Israel.

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