Dennis Ross writes that Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood has consolidated its power and is now solely in charge. The sooner they turn their attention to Egypt’s critical internal problems and away from belligerence against Israel, the better for everyone.
A new reality and an alternative reality are shaping up in Egypt. President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood appear firmly in control. Morsi seized on the killing of 16 Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai early this month — an embarrassment for the military and particularly the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces ( SCAF ) — to remove the most senior military leaders from office. He also unilaterally amended the March 2011 constitution declaration and gave his office executive and legislative powers. In short, with no hint of resistance from the military, Morsi has imposed civilian leadership on Egypt.
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