Is Egypt Heading toward a Military Regime?

(Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Jacques Neriah - After the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi himself began signaling their intention to turn Egypt into an Islamic state, the opposition turned hostile to the regime, castigating it with the newly acquired freedom of the press. Morsi became the target of satire and mockery. In addition, a new activist group emerged. Members of the Black Bloc, who dress in black with black masks, have declared an open war against the Brotherhood. Amid a sudden popular wave of affection and longing for the Mubarak days, an increasing number of people are calling on the army to return to the political scene. A recent poll found 82% supporting such a move. Yet the Muslim Brotherhood, having waited almost eight decades to become the rulers of Egypt, are certainly in no hurry to give back what the 2011 revolution gave them on a silver platter. Col. (ret.) Dr. Jacques Neriah was formerly Foreign Policy Advisor to Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Deputy Head for Assessment of Israeli Military Intelligence.

2013-05-22 00:00:00

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