Yadlin: Civil war in Egypt is unlikely

Former military intelligence chief predicts Egypt's homogenous population that supports the army will prevent civil war.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 6, 2013 22:50
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Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin.

Amos Yadlin 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

 
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Following the ouster in Egypt this week of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, Maj.-Gen. (ret.) and former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, said that the possibility of a civil war taking place in Egypt was low because Egypt had a largely homogenous population unlike Syria, and the population was behind the army. "The army is in the general consensus and the possibility that it would open fire on civilians does not exist," Yadlin said. 

Yadlin was speaking Saturday evening on Channel Two's news program, Meet the Press.

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The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has two choices Yadlin said: either to follow the road map set out by the opposition and win back the regime through the political process for the second time or the more dangerous option of fighting for power in the name of Allah, in the style of al-Qaida.
 
On the volatile situation in  the Sinai Peninsula, that has seen an upsurge in violence since the ouster of deposed President Mohamed Morsi, Yadlin said that security began to deteriorate there during the rule of former President Hosni Mubarak. He added that the army would now feel more comfortable to act against extreme militant Islamist groups in Sinai because, unlike under Morsi, it will fell like it has political backing for its actions.  

The military overthrow in Egypt was a blow to Hamas in Gaza, Army Radio cited Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Likud Beytenu) as saying on Saturday.

Aharonovitch, speaking at a cultural event in Beersheba, added that Israel had maintained a good connection with the government of Egypt's first democratically elected president.  

Earlier in the day, Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Likud Beytenu) said the military overthrow in Egypt was a blow to Hamas in Gaza.

Aharonovitch, speaking at a cultural event in Beersheba, added that Israel had maintained a good connection with the government of Egypt's first democratically elected president. 

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