Negative campaign advertising, Egyptian style (JERUSALEM POST) By OREN KESSLER 04/11/12)
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A Facebook fan page run by young supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood
posted an image of presidential candidate - and ex-president Hosni
Mubarak´s former spy chief - Omar Suleiman waving to supporters in
front of an Israeli flag.
Text running alongside the image says "Omar Suleiman: Working for
Israel´s best interest."
Suleiman said Friday he would run for Egypt’s presidency, reversing
an announcement he had made just the day before. He had briefly
pulled out of the race Thursday after saying he had failed to
overcome administrative regulations required to run.
The 74-year-old was Mubarak’s most trusted envoy to Israel and is
well-connected in Jerusalem. US diplomatic cables released last year
by WikiLeaks showed that in 2005 he had promised Israel he would
prevent Hamas from taking control of Gaza in elections scheduled for
the following year (the Islamist group won a decisive victory and
subsequently seized control of the Strip).
After Gilad Schalit’s capture by Gaza-based terrorists the following
year, Suleiman served as mediator between Israel and Hamas in
negotiations for the IDF soldier’s release.
The WikiLeaks cables quoted a US intelligence analyst as saying there
is “no question that Israel is most comfortable” with Suleiman as a
potential successor to Mubarak. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post
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