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A former US lawmaker co-authored a report in which he states that his team met with a number of Israeli defense and security analysts in recent weeks.
Israeli officials are reportedly growing concerned over the long-term viability of the current Egyptian regime in light of gains made by Islamists in their insurgency.
Bloomberg News quoted a former Republican lawmaker on Friday as saying that Israeli government figures are beginning to wonder whether Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, can successfully overcome the threats posed to his rule by Islamic State-inspired Salafist gunmen.
Egypt’s tourism industry – a key source of revenue for the cash-strapped Arab giant – is expected to take an even bigger hit in the wake of Saturday’s crash of a Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula.
All 224 passengers on board were killed in what Western intelligence agencies say may have been a terrorist bomb.
“We encountered a lot of people in Israel and elsewhere that don’t think that he is going to survive his term,” Vin Weber, a former Republican member of Congress, told Bloomberg.
Weber is currently the co-chairman of the Egypt policy task force of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The think tank released a report co-authored by Weber in which he states that his team met with a number of Israeli defense and security analysts in recent weeks.
According to the report, Weber’s interlocutors paint a bleak picture of Sisi’s current standing in Cairo.
“[Sisi] is under constant death threats,” Weber told Bloomberg. “Many people said we’re not sure where he sleeps every night. And I think there is that question mark in the minds of the Israelis about whether or not the government can succeed.”
An insurgency based in Sinai and mounted by Islamic
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