The Long Preparation of the Ikhwan,and Their Links to Iran, Are Now Paying Dividends in the Egyptian Turmoil; and Suez, Energy Links are Unquestionably Targeted
Global Intelligence Report
Analysis. By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs. The path of the Ikhwan al-Muslimin (Muslim Brothers) to dominating the populist riots in Tahrir Square, Cairo, started in June 2007.
Toward the end of that month, the Ikhwani leadership contrasted two major events: the abuse which the Ikhwan suffered in the parliamentary elections in Egypt (two rounds on June 11 and 18, 2007, respectively) and the concurrent (June 10-14, 2007) clear victory of the HAMAS in its military coup in the Gaza Strip.
Earlier, in Spring 2007, the Ikhwan’s supreme leadership decided to participate in the forthcoming parliamentary elections in order that the organization would not be seen as an anti-democratic obstructionist force. Moreover, pre-elections polls suggested that the Ikhwan enjoyed the support of about two-thirds of the would-be voters. Hence, cognizant that Egyptian Intelligence would never permit any other party to gain majority over Mubarak’s NDP (National Democratic Party: Hizb al Dimuqratiyah al Wataniyah), the leadership nevertheless expected to secure a sizable presence in the new parliament. Elections, therefore, were considered an instrument of expediency for furthering the Brothers’ quest for establishing an Islamic Republic in Egypt.