They will also seek to have the restrictions on Hamas lifted and to
facilitate the militant organisation’s access to donations and funds
collected by the Brotherhood and its various affiliates for the benefit
of the Islamist Palestinian organisation that the US had classified as a
WASHINGTON – Muslim Brotherhood activists and media
outlets have seemed very enthusiastic about the Democratic candidate Joe
Biden’s progress in US election results.
Analysts attributed this enthusiasm to their wish for an encore of
their experience in the era of former President Barack Obama, during
which they played a remarkable role riding the wave of the “Arab spring”
uprisings. These analysts, however, note that Biden is not Obama, and
that the American project of relying on the Brotherhood has gone with
Obama, probably forever.
The Muslim Brotherhood media were not alone in celebrating Biden’s
advantage so far. The Iranian media as well, and the pro-Tehran media in
the Middle East seemed enthused by the results of the democratic
candidate, not only to spite his rival Donald Trump, who has tightened
the American siege of Iran and prevented it from exporting its oil, but
also in the hope of bringing back the lenient treatment it enjoyed
during the Obama era.
Pro-Muslim Brotherhood activists and media professionals in Egypt,
Tunisia, Yemen and the Gulf states did not hide their prayers for a
Biden victory. They kept up with his results in each state, moment by moment, and
mocked Trump’s statements and his speech about fraud and resorting to
the courts. It was as if Biden was the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate
and not the candidate of the American Democrats.
Lists of the expected victory spoils for the Muslim Brotherhood
started appearing on Brotherhood and pro-Brotherhood media. They are
hoping for US pressure to be exerted on Cairo to release Brotherhood
leaders convicted in court cases related to terrorism and conspiracy
against Egypt’s security, as well as for pressure on the Arab quartet
countries to lift their boycott of Qatar and restore relations with it.
From the outset, the Muslim Brothers did not hide their bias towards
Biden. They presented him as a supporter of Islam and Muslims,
highlighting the fact that he cites the Prophet’s hadiths, and as a
fierce opponent of Islamophobia. American Islamic associations, such as
the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which are associated with the Muslim
Brotherhood or are seen as close to it, promoted Biden’s candidacy
among Americans and participated in his election campaign at state and
The Muslim Brothers are eying the benefits that could accrue to their
American Islamist brothers through their “partnership” with Biden in
case of the latter’s victory, such as obtainingf [sic] advisory roles,
sealing their influence within the Muslim community, and lifting the
authorities’ constant monitoring of their propaganda and financial
activities. They are also betting on making gains for the mother
organisation and its branches outside the United States.
The Brotherhood’s first objective, in case of a Biden victory, will
be to enrol his administration to put pressure on Egypt and especially
on President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, whom they’ve never stopped maligning.