Will the Armed Forces Retain Power in Egypt?

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Jacques Neriah - On September 26, the head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, chose to walk the streets of Cairo in a plain black suit, casually greeting and chatting with civilians. An Egyptian National TV crew just happened to be there and video footage of the event was aired later in the day on state television showing civilians warmly greeting Tantawi. SCAF has finally embarked on a course meant to reduce the powers of the fundamentalists, regain control of the Sinai Peninsula, reduce to a minimum the impact of Israel on its policies, and maintain its huge economic empire within Egypt's economy. Tantawi might be tempted, like his predecessors, to remain Egypt's leader in order to maintain Egypt as he inherited it from Mubarak. Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

2011-10-03 00:00:00

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