Source: The Institute for National Security Studies
Author(s): Orit Perlov and Ofir Winter
Original Link: https://www.inss.org.il/publication/mohamed-morsi-martyr-traitor/
Reactions in Egypt to the death of Mohamed Morsi, six years after his ouster as president, reflect ongoing social and political polarization, in Egypt in particular and the Middle East in general. While President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime has sought to downplay Morsi’s death, Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt labored in the social media to use the event to bolster their influence. Ultimately, the regime managed to contain this volatile event. At the same time, while the pro-Islamist discourse over social media did not translate into broad action on the ground, it is a reminder that the Muslim Brotherhood still represents a considerable segment of the Egyptian people. Israel’s official response – not to comment on Morsi’s death – was correct. At the same time, it is clear that strengthening Israeli-Egyptian relations depends inter alia on weakening the forces of radical Islam, including the Muslim Brotherhood, and on bolstering pragmatic and liberal forces.
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