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Israel has new concerns that Sisi’s Egypt will fall to jihadists

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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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