Egypt Calls On Clerics To Fight Radical Islam
Egypt Deploying Clerics To Teach Moderate Islam
Several months after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made headlines by calling for “a religious revolution” in Islam, some movement is being made as teachers, preachers, and researchers have introduced a few changes from making alterations to text books and creating an online monitoring center to track militant statements on social media, reports Reuters.
He also has led a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, but some experts do not believe Sisi has an actual plan to implement those changes.
“There’s a kernel of a very big idea in what Sisi wants to do. But his vision of it is not exactly clear and it’s not clear how it will be implemented,” said one expert.
There also is some fear that the crackdown on the Brotherhood could undermine efforts to reform Islamic teaching in the universities.
Middle East Peace Process Faltering
Last week’s decision by former British Prime Minister to resign his position as Quartet Representative was the latest sign that the Middle East peace process is faltering. Blair’s departure comes at a time when some in the region believe the U.S. is disengaging from the Middle East could have a detrimental impact on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
“To that, one might add the fact that the Palestinians suffer from a distancing of Washington from the Arab world in general, given the failure of the Arab Spring. The United States considers Abbas a reasonable but weak leader in the face of the Hamas opposition, a situation that hardly encourages a greater US engagement. Altogether, the Obama administration is not inclined to assist Israel, or for that matter Palestine, despite themselves. So Israelis and Palestinians alike can conclude that we are on our own,” writes Israeli Ambassador Ambassador Uri Savir in Al-Monitor.
“Nothing can be imposed from the outside. We need negotiations between us and the Israelis sponsored by the United States, by the U.N., by the [European Union].
“We need outside intervention from the U.N., from the superpowers, from the United States. Once there is a resolution, whether the U.N. asking for Israeli withdrawal and for the establishment of the state, this has to be guaranteed by the superpowers. Otherwise, it will be just a paper. We hope that the United States’ intervention can help us,” he told the Post.
Related: The New York Times Review of Books has an excerpt from a May report about the increase number of killings occurring in the West Bank.
The full report can be accessed on the Breaking the Silence website.