Nageh Ibrahim of Egypt’s Islamic Group (Photo from Al Arabiya)
A senior member of Egypt’s militant Islamic Group, al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, is warning that liberal politicians and intellectuals opposed to President Mohammed Morsi’s recent power grab could face a campaign of targeted assassinations during the month of December.
He also predicts that Egypt and Israel will be at war within the next seven years.
“Political assassinations may target liberals, politicians and intellectuals,” Gama’a Islamiyya’s Nageh Ibrahim told the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat.
He called targeted assassinations against prominent liberals a “natural reaction” to the unprecedented “violence, mistrust, and severe political polarization” plaguing Egypt.
Ibrahim told Al Arabiya his prediction “was based on an analysis of the political situation not on information.”
Even while he warned of assassinations, Ibrahim also called on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi to bring more liberal politicians into his government.
“Had the president included representatives of the civil powers in the new government, he would not have had so many enemies,” he said.
But on Friday, Islamists hastily approved a draft constitution without the input of liberal or Christian members, a move that could exacerbate the tension between Morsi and his opponents.