The popular demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak and his regime have prompted the head of the Israeli parliament's Committee for Foreign Affairs and Security, Shaul Mofaz, to put forward a number of possible scenarios for the outcome of events in Egypt.
According to Mofaz, the Egyptian President may insist on suppressing "popular action" in order to bring the crisis to an end, particularly since there does not appear to be any organised leadership for the demonstrations. In such an event, Mubarak would look towards holding general elections in September in accordance with the provisions of the Egyptian constitution. Mofaz said that this would be "the preferred scenario for Israel".
The second scenario consists of the Egyptian army standing by its pledge not to use force against civilian demonstrators but hints at the possibility of the army taking over the reins of government.
The third and final scenario points to the possibility of Mubarak resigning and the Muslim Brotherhood taking control of the government in Cairo. This would, said Mofaz, be a prospect viewed by the Israeli government "as a matter of concern and a threat to Israel".
Source: Quds Press