Markell: In Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood won't give up its power

Monday, July 8, 2013
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The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry isn't optimistic about the future of Egypt in the aftermath of the ouster of President Mohammad Morsi.

The Muslim Brotherhood's political arm has called on Egyptians to rise up against the army after clashes between troops and supporters of the ousted president left 40 people killed.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, doubts the Muslim Brotherhood is going away.

"The Muslim Brotherhood has been trying to get ensconced in the Middle East for 80 years," she tells OneNewsNow. "And now they've been thrown out of one nation.

"And do we think that they're just going to put their tail between their legs and run, and make no attempt to maintain some hold on power?" Markell asks rhetorically. "They are going to maintain some hold on power somehow."Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)

On Monday, Egyptian soldiers and police clashed with Islamists protesting the president's ouster.

The Muslim Brotherhood's dubiously named "Freedom and Justice" party also called on the international community to stop what it called the massacres in Egypt.

Markell says the wild card is what role the United States will play, describing the current administration as the "most friendly" to the Muslim Brotherhood in history.  

"And we know that this current administration is so pro-Muslim Brotherhood and anti-Israel it's terrifying," she says. "So will America apply some pressure on all that's going on? Will America step in?"

Markell says she is not surprised at the results of a recent Rasmussen poll which found that 73 percent of Americans oppose U.S. involvement in Egypt. 

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