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Daily Israel Report

Egypt on Brink of Hell – Analysis

Dr. Mordechai Kedar says Islamists may begin smuggling in weapons, including Grad missiles.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/18/2013, 6:22 PM

Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Yoni Kempinski

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, a renowned Middle East expert from Bar Ilan University, thinks Egypt could turn into “hell” if Islamists smuggle in weapons from Libya, Sudan and Sinai, and use them against the security forces.

The military in Egypt decided to depose Mohammed Morsi, who was elected president by a razor-thin majority of 50.7%, after it saw how Islamist leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan “neutered” the military in Turkey.

However, Kedar explained in Maariv/NRG Sunday, one half of the Egyptian population voted for Morsi, and it has no intention of accepting the military's move.

"Their struggle is for all-or-nothing,” he wrote, “and with all of the strength, including military strength, that they can employ. In the neighboring countries, Libya and Sudan, and in the Sinai desert, a large amount of weaponry awaits them: from Kalachnikov assault rifles, to RPGs and Grad Katyushas – and all of it can reach the battlegrounds in Egypt's streets in a short time and turn the country into hell.

"The U.S. faces the Egyptian situation, which is forcing itself upon all of the politicians and diplomats, with astonishment” the expert added. “The Egyptians could give two hoots about Obama, and the European Union also does not interest them in the least. The Egyptians are sinking into a morass of fire, blood, ashes and tears, and the military is playing the role of the magician's apprentice, who has forgotten the magic words that are needed to stop the madness.”

Egypt’s cabinet was set to hold a crisis meeting on Sunday regarding the current violence engulfing the country. The interim government has apparently decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood and declare it a terror group, in a bid to end the decades-long power struggle between the state and the Islamist group.

The Brotherhood was outlawed for years until the fall of former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, after which it swept to power in the country's first democratic elections.