Confusion and crises… Turkish-Egyptian rapprochement confuses the calculations of the terrorist Brotherhood
The Muslim Brotherhood is experiencing an additional crisis, in addition to a number of conflicts and crises suffered by the organization over the past years, a new crisis related to the recent Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, which places the group at the center of a new storm of security and political restrictions inside Turkey, which represented the largest safe haven for the organization since its fall in Cairo in 2013. The situation of the Brotherhood residing in Turkey increased and restrictions on their media platforms prompted some of them to leave for fear of turning into a bargaining chip for Turkey to abandon them.
The Brotherhood’s Confusion
Observers believe that the Brotherhood’s organization abroad is suffering from confusion and division, after Turkey stopped programs of Brotherhood media professionals and imposed conditions on the Brotherhood’s channels. Like the mother group, the Brotherhood’s media institutions seem confused and divided on themselves, swept away by conflicts of power, influence, and money.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s visit to Cairo reflected many signs of a shift in Turkish policies towards dealing with the issue of support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which has long been a source of deep disagreement with Cairo. It is estimated that Ankara is moving towards imposing more measures aimed at reducing the Brotherhood’s presence inside Turkish territory and deporting a number of them.
Muslim Brotherhood Concern
Dr. Tariq Al-Basheishi, a leading Muslim Brotherhood defector, said that the Muslim Brotherhood is going through a crisis due to the Egyptian-Turkish rapprochement, and that there is a state of great anxiety gripping all of its elements inside the country, estimated at thousands. He pointed out that the organization’s members do not rule out handing them over to Cairo at any time, especially wanted young people or members of the last ranks of the Brotherhood, who have no direct links with the Turkish authorities.
He added that the rapprochement between Cairo and Ankara will have many negative effects on the organization, although the measures will not reach the point of handing over elements, but they will undoubtedly deepen the Brotherhood crisis to a large extent, especially since Turkish authorities had issued a notice several months ago to all Muslim Brotherhood entities not to attack Egypt and a number of Arab countries, and promised security accountability to anyone who publishes information or materials related to the security of those countries or criticizes their internal policies.
He added that the coming period will see a shift in Turkish policies towards dealing with the issue of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been a source of deep disagreement with Cairo. It is estimated that Ankara will impose more measures aimed at reducing the Brotherhood’s presence inside Turkish territories and deporting a number of them.