December 5, 2011
Israel on Egypt's Islamist Surge: We Told You So
Karl Vick, Time
The stunning showing by Salafist parties in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections surprised Israeli officials as much as the rest of the world. The estimated 40 percent of the vote that went to the Muslim Brotherhood, the party that founded modern political Islam, was about in line with pre-election polls. But the unexpectedly strong showing by the Salafis -- fundamentalist Sunni Muslims who hold that the only true Islam was practiced around the time of the Prophet Mohammad, 1,300 years ago -- could put a group that rejects modernism in a pivotal position in Egypt's new democracy.
“This is even worse than we predicted," a senior Israeli security official was quoted telling the daily Yedioth Ahronoth.
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