Egyptian Opposition Leader Mohamed El Baradei --Is He “Good For the Jews?”


As of this writing there is only one definite result of the Egyptian protests: as of September 2011, Hosni Mubarak will be out of office. The choices to replace Mubarak are many. But the sad truth is unless someone from the ranks of the Egyptian military replaces Mubarak, the Muslim Brotherhood will probably control whoever is chosen to lead the government (Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak all came from the military).

A potential candidate to run a post-revolt Egypt is opposition leader Mohamed El Baradei. If one is to believe the propaganda streaming from mainstream media, El Baradei is a moderate who will continue Egypt’s close ties with the United States and Israel. However El Baradei has never been particularly friendly to the U.S. or Israel, and is making overtures to the Muslim Brotherhood.

El Baradei’s newfound friendship with extreme terrorist elements in his country is not surprising when one realizes that this is the man who, during his term in the United Nations, single-handedly delayed the imposition of sanctions on Iran for at least three years, allowing the rogue regime to get much further along the process before facing the (tepid) anger of the world.

First appointed to his position as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1997, El Baradei’s real entrance into the world stage was in 2002 when he argued against the US invasion of Iraq.

Later that year, when the UN’s attention turned to Iran’s nuclear program, El Baradei became a more vociferous opponent of the West who did everything he could to protect the Iranian regime.

From 2002 to 2005, the quarterly IAEA Iran reports contained details of violations, obstruction of inspector’s visits, important inconsistencies between official claims and the results of tests from samples taken from various facilities, and other forms of non-compliance. In each case the final assessment prepared and signed by El Baradei absurdly concluded the mountain of evidence did not demonstrate Iran was seeking nuclear weapons.

This process delayed imposition of sanctions until Iran was much further along in the process. Eventually, even the reluctant countries; Russia, China, and India recognized the overwhelming evidence, rejected El-Baradei’s confusing assertions, and voted in September 2005 to officially start the sanctions process.

That didn’t stop El Baradei; in 2008 the Wall Street Journal accused him of trying to hamstring sanctions against Iran:

“Just weeks after President George Bush toured the Middle East to build Arab support for pressure on Tehran, Mr. ElBaradei appeared on Egyptian television on Feb. 5 to urge Arabs in the opposite direction, insisting Iran was cooperating and should not be pressured… They cheer his self-imposed mission — to hamstring U.S. efforts to constrain Iran’s program, whether or not the regime is violating its non-proliferation obligations or pursuing nuclear weapons.” (ElBaradei's Real Agenda 2/25/08)

In August of 2009 El Baradei was accused by Israel and France of hiding evidence that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapon. Citing "senior Western diplomats and Israeli officials", Haaretz reported that the evidence had been submitted to the IAEA in a secret annex written by its inspectors in Iran and signed by the head of the IAEA team in Tehran. Officials from the US, France, Britain and Germany had been pressing El Baradei to include the material in the report that was to be released at the next IAEA’s general conference, but it was never released.

Later that year it was discovered Iran had built a secret nuclear plant, instead of scheduling an immediate inspection, El Baradei scheduled it for about a month down the road, giving Iran a big time window to “clean the joint up for company”. When the IAEA head arrived in Iran for the inspection one of the first things he did was hold a press conference announcing that Israel, not Iran was the leading threat to peace in the Middle East.

For all that hard work protecting Iran, this “moderate” resistance leader was well rewarded. According to a September 2010 report in the Egyptian newspaper Al Youm Al Sabeh:

“In a communication to the Attorney General of Egypt, Dr. Yasser Najib Abdel Mabboud, has accused Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, former Director General of International Atomic Energy Agency and a candidate in the Egyptian presidential elections, of receiving funds exceeding $7 million (US) from Iran’s leadership as support for ‘political reform in Egypt.”

The “moderate” leader made a Meet the Press appearance on Super Bowl Sunday and seemed to equivocate on the Egypt/Israeli peace treaty an obvious gesture to the Muslim Brotherhood who has said they want to cancel Camp David:

“It's not just dependent on Egypt… It also depends on Israel. Israel should not continue to apply a policy of force, vis-a-vis the Palestinians, should agree to what everybody knows, that Palestinians have the right to establish a state similar to what the proposal of former...”

El Baradei spent most of his UN career doing all that he can to blunt the U.S.-led efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons even to the extent of hiding evidence that proved Iran’s intentions and trying to deflect blame on Israel. If his recent association with the Muslim Brotherhood and his continuing relationship with the radical government of Iran are any indication, El Baradei will not be a “friend of the Jews,” living here in the United States or in Israel.