Eric Trager, an expert on Egypt and a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told The Jerusalem Post in an interview Monday evening that, for the most part, he sees the protests and the insurgency as two separate phenomena.
"The Muslim Brotherhood has been decapitated, so it means it is unable to change its strategy... [and is] doing the same thing it was doing when Morsi
was removed, which is mass protests," said Trager
, adding that the protests are "further alienating the broader Egyptian public."
Asked if the protests demonstrate that the Brotherhood
remains organized despite the crackdown on its leadership and members, Trager
responded that the protests are more similar to flash mobs than to coordinated marches.
"The Insurgency is a completely separate phenomenon.
There is no evidence at the moment that the Brotherhood
is behind the insurgency," he
sees the attacks as being the result of the security breakdown in Sinai plus the flourishing of jihadis next door in Libya.
"These two events are creating a perfect storm that is taking advantage of Islamist
anger and using it as a pretext for violence," he