The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on Tuesday named Mahmoud Ezzat as its new leader after the Egyptian government arrested its former leader Mohamed Badie earlier on the same day.
Experts are suggesting that hardline MBs who managed to go underground to evade an arrest, would seek ways to avenge Badie’s arrest.
Ezzat has strong relations with the international Muslim Brotherhood and with the Hamas movement, Tharwat Kharabawy, a dissident former MB leader, told Xinhua.
Ezzat is a hawk, Kharabawy said, “the real guide of the group” and the one “managing the group from behind the curtains.”
The appointment means that the MBs are in no mood for peaceful negotiations with General al-Sisi and the new regime in Cairo.
Ezzat, former MB secretary general, has been a member of the guidance bureau and a deputy of Badie. In 1965 he was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
He was chosen as a member of the guidance bureau in 1981, and was arrested again in 2008.
According to the Egyptian authorities, Badie has been transferred to Mazraah prison in the Torah prisons’ complex, where former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are currently residing.
Badie is going to stand trial on Aug. 25, together with his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi.
The new Egyptian rulers appear determined to crush the MB. In an interview with the CNN, presidential political advisor Moustafa Hegazi said that putting Badie in jail is a step toward restoring law and order.
He said “Egypt is waging a fierce war against terrorism and criminal acts.”
Hegazi suggested that the cruelest incident in all of Egypt’s history was the execution of 25 off-duty security servicemen on Monday in the northern Sinai Peninsula.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Tuesday that she had offered to return to Cairo.
“I told the Egyptian prime minister at the weekend that I would be more than willing to go back to Egypt if they wish me to come back,” said Ashton, who has been to Egypt twice since the regime change by the military.
11:35 AM IDF Paratrooper Brigade Coammander, Colonel Amir Baram says to his soldiers in pre-incursion briefing minutes ago: “We are already 48 hours into this operation which we knew would finally happen. We discussed it in exercises and in our training. There is no doubt we must act, and that is why we are here and what we have prepared for, what we trained for…”
11:28 AM Air Raid Sirens in area adjacent to South Gaza Strip area, and now center area as well.
11:24 AM IDF combat troop commanders being briefing officers on operational details of [future/upcoming?] ground incursion into Gaza.
11:11 AM Reports of explosion near Ofakim of Iron Dome taking out Gazan rocket.
11:10 AM Reports of Air Raid Sirens in Ofakim.
11:09 AM Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil’s visit to Gaza is ending…and he is returning to Egypt. IDF: Show Gaza some love!
11:04 AM Seems like Israel is sticking to its cease fire due to Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil’s visit. Hamas on the other hand has fired dozens of rockets at Israel.
10:52 AM Air Raid Siren in community south of Ashkelon10:51 AM The civilian jeep hit by a Hamas anti-tank rocket in Eshkol, near Beeri, was full of reporters and cameramen. 10:48 AM Video from 2 nights ago, of Iron Dome taking out 14 out of 15 Gazan rockets over Beer Sheva.
10:47 AM Hamas takes responsibility for hitting civilian jeep in Eshkol region — they used an anti-tank rocket. As reported, no injuries.10:45 AM A person was serious wounded this morning in Beer Sheva when he was running to shelter due to the Air Raid siren, and he was hit by a car.
10:43 AM Rocket from Gaza hits civilian jeep in Eshkol region. Car went up in flames, yet driver and passengers escaped unharmed. Currently waiting for rescue…
10:42 AM 4 rockets shot down by Iron Dome over Ashdod.
10:38 AM Reports that IDF attacks terrorists in Jabaliya/Northern Gaza — one dead and 3 injured.
10:34 AM Rocket fired at Ashkelon hit the yard of a Public Building, no injuries.
10:33 AM Air Raid Sirens in communities south of Ashkelon
10:32 AM IDF Radio reports Air Raid Sirens in Beit-El. Then they corrected themselves to a different city, and in Israel’s South…
10:31 AM Air Raid Sirens in Ashdod, Gederot area and Sederot.
10:27 AM Air Raid Sirens in communities south of Ashkelon.
10:11 AMNRG/Maariv reports that on Motzei Shabbat/Saturday Night, a fifth Iron Dome installation will go on-line for active defensives.
10:09 AM Analysis of Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil’s visit to Gaza and the temporary cease fire at the JewishPress.com - click here.
10:08 AM Air Raid Sirens in South Ashkelon area.
10:04 AM Air Raid Sirnes in communities of the Northern Gaza strip area
10:04 AM The Jerusalem light rail has resumed service after a terrorists planted fake bombs.
9:57 AM Air Raid sirens in Norhern Gaza Region and Ashkelon,
9:56 AM Hamas President Ismail hanieh walking around freely to meet Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham Qandil
9:53 AM Air Raid Sirens in Ashkelon and Kiryat Melachi.– heard on IDF Radio.
9:52 AM AIR RAID SIRENS — during the “cease fire” — Thanks Hamas! (And Egypt)
9:50 AM 5000 chickens murdered by rocekt attack this moring in Eshkol region.
9:49 AM Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil’s visit to Gaza is scheduled for about 3 hours. During this time, there is supposed to be a temporary cease fire.
9:42 AM YNET reports that the previous rockets before were shot towards Kiryat Gat.
9:41 AM Live: Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham Qandil is in Gaza.
9:41 AM In the previous rocket launches to the Eshkol region, 12 rockets were launched at the region.
9:39 AM Iron Dome malfunction results in rocket falling in Ashdod at 6:50 AM this morning. (Ashdod.net) 9:38 AM Running on Twitter now: Hamas will take advantage of Egyptian Prime Minister, Hisham Qandil’s visit to Gaza, to fire rockets at Israel, and Israel won’t retaliate.
9:35 AM One rocket shot down by Iron Dome, one rocket landed in an open area. 9:33 AM Sirens going off in a region to the East of Ashkelon and North of Beer Sheva.
9:30 AM Of the 30,000 IDF soldiers authorized by the government to be called up, the IDF has started calling up 16,000 including those from Combat and Engineering troops.