|Well-equipped armed jihadists arrested in
by Egyptian military on April 10, 2013 [Image Source]
Public opinion [is] turning against Muslim Brotherhood rule
- Egypt's army has implemented a series of Hamas-hostile measures that include restrictions on the movement of Hamas figures and the destruction of Hamas smuggling tunnels
- Al Ahram quotes an anonymous intelligence source who says the Egyptians adopted a policy of "flexibility" on the entry of Palestinians into Egypt at a certain point after Mubarak was overthrown and the Moslem Brotherhood took power. But this quickly changed. "It was a brief moment that was reversed. We are keeping a very close eye on the border. We are not giving Hamas or anyone else an easy time".
- The same article quotes a political scientist saying "the readiness of so many people to believe in Hamas involvement in the Battle of the Camel, the forced opening of prisons, and the appropriation of parts of Sinai" is a sign of "growing anti-Muslim Brotherhood sentiment in public opinion.”
- Al Ahram quotes at length the details of allegations made against the president: that he was incarcerated in the Wadi Al-Natroun prison and was assisted in an alleged escape from there by Hamas. The take-away: "The ruling president was involved in illicit communication with a foreign body that helped him escape prison [and] the Supreme Presidential Elections Committee accepted his nomination for the presidency without having the necessary legal papers that pardon his illegal breakout from prison... In short, we would be confronted with a corrupt presidential elections process altogether.” In the interests of balance, it also quotes Egypt's Minister of the Interior who says there is no official record to prove that Mohamed Morsi was ever in Wadi Al-Natroun prison.
- From a different publication within the same stable: "Since the beginning of the Egyptian revolution, Hamas has been perceived as co-responsible for some of the lawlessness that has occurred in Egypt. Many Egyptians believe it has become a burden on Egypt, with the group being transformed from being a “thorn in Israel’s side”, as former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon once described it, into being one in Egypt’s side." [Source: "Accusations against Hamas | Why is Hamas losing its popularity among Egyptians", Al Ahram Weekly, April 24, 2013]