Ex-Israeli minister: Israel backs Sisi for Egypt presidency

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said that Israel supports General Abdal-Fattah al-Sisi's bid for presidency, but warned of bad consequences for Israel and the West should he fail.

Ex-Israeli minister: Israel backs Sisi for Egypt presidency

World Bulletin / News Desk

Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Israel’s former Defense Minister, said that Israel is supporting Egyptian Defense Minister and coup mastermind Abdal-Fattah Al-Sisi’s bid to become Egypt’s next president.

However, at the same time he warned that Sisi may not be successful in the role.

"Al-Sisi's nomination for president could be a reflexive arrow. If he fails as a president, then the current regime that ousted the Muslim Brotherhood would be dissolved," he said on Israeli radio, which would result in "the return of the Muslim Brotherhood in control of Egypt, stronger and more determined than before."

Ben-Eliezer also added that the event of Sisi failing and the Muslim Brotherhood returning to power would be "bad news for Israel and the West".

General Sisi has been in control of Egyptian politics since ousting the elected president Mohamed Morsi in a military coup in July 2013. He and the Egyptian interim government that has been operating under his supervision since then has arrested and tried a number of Muslim Brotherhood members, including Morsi.

After deciding to officially freeze the assets of the Brotherhood, the interim government later decided to dissolve the Brotherhood by banning the organization. It then went as far as declaring the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization after the government blamed them for bombings in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.

The interim government recently began applying a revised constitution that was approved of after 98% of voters agreed to the new regulations in a referendum. However, the referendum saw a relatively low turnout after a campaign to boycott it by anti-coup activists.

Anti-coup activists have accused the interim government of reversing Egypt’s January 25, 2011 revolution by going back to the system applied by former dictator Hosni Mubarak, who resigned after months of popular uprising paralyzed the state.

Since the elected president Mohamed Morsi was ousted, hundreds of anti-coup protesters have been killed by Egyptian security forces, with over 600 massacred in Cairo’s Rabia al-Adawiyya Square in August, when the army indiscriminately fired live ammunition into a crowd of unarmed protesters.

 

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