Zvi Mazel served as Israel's Ambassador to Sweden between 2002-2004. From 1996 to 2001 he was Israel's Ambassador to Egypt.
He has also held senior positions in Israel's Foreign Ministry as director of the Eastern European division and head of the Egyptian and North African department.
JERUSALEM, Israel -- The Muslim Brotherhood is "a fanatic, extremist movement for God" that operates like a cult, former Israeli Ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel said.
But according to Mazel, the Muslim Brotherhood is actually a movement and a secret organization.
"It's a secret society. They created thousands, thousands of charity organizations not only in the Arab countries, especially in the United States, where the money is, and in Europe and they collect money for so-called for charity," Mazel told CBN News.
In the United States many organizations have already been shut down after it became clear that funds were being funneled to terrorist organizations and not charity.
"They approach people personally. They explain their aim, their goal, to work for Allah, to impose the Shariah, the Koran on the country," Mazel said.
Mazel said the organization could be compared to a cult, like the Branch Davidians who ended their lives during a siege on their compound near Waco, Texas, in 1993.
That's why Israelis find it so difficult to understand American policy right now, Mazel said.
"We remember after one week of demonstration, Obama said to Mubarak, go, go, go, leave, leave, leave," he said. "He probably thought he was helping the Arab people in Egypt to get rid of a dictator, but he was wrong."
"It means that some people in the White House just simply did not understand that you cannot create 'now democracy' in the Arab world. You cannot because there is a fight between liberals and fanatics and they are not ready for democracy by their tradition," Mazel said.
Egyptians are also "completely dumbfounded" by America's support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Mazel referred to the visit of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who was pelted with objects when she visited Egypt following the revolution.
"They threw on her tomatoes and eggs, you remember. They said, 'You support the Muslim Brothers, how come? You American, you liberals, you democratic, how come? You don't understand what's going on?'" he recalled.
Mazel said instead of turning against the new government, the U.S. should be supporting it because it actually carried out a "corrective revolution" when it ousted Morsi to get the revolution from two years ago back on track.