Egyptians are frustrated with the United States' embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently ousted from power along with President Mohammed Morsi, according to Walid Phares, Fox News' Middle East and terrorism expert.
"We need to understand what Egyptians are trying to say. Most Egyptians are — with the exception of the Brotherhood, obviously — very angry, very frustrated," Phares told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"Not with the American public, they love the American public and people and citizens, but with the Obama administration because it openly was supporting the Muslim Brotherhood regime.
"Now they're trying to save the political neck of the Muslim Brotherhood movement."
Phares said when Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina visited Egypt "they probably did not understand that there is an overwhelming majority of regular people who do not want Islamist movement in Egypt or regime."
"So what they have heard was we don't like what America is doing. They meant we don't like what Washington was doing, and that is a big difference."
Phares, author of "Confrontation: Winning the War Against Future Jihad," said the bloodshed in Egypt this week — some 278 have died and more than 1,400 have been wounded as security forces break up pro-Morsi protests — could also represent a threat to Israel.
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