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After deporting Abdulhafiz: Turkish-Brotherhood game cards re-arranged

Wednesday 06/February/2019 - 09:22 PM
The Reference
Sarah Rashad

The case of the deportation of the Egyptian terrorist, Mohamed Abdel Hafiz Hussein from Turkey on January 18, 2019 and sentencing him to death in the assassination case of late public prosecutor Hisham Barakat, came to renew the differences between members of the Brotherhood in Turkey as this incident in particular condemns the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and accuses them of negligence and abandonment of its members.
The beginning of the fall and exposing the truth of the Brotherhood
The beginning was the day of the deportation itself, as the investigation revealed that Abdel Hafiz had arrived in Turkey on a forged visa after he had obtained the promises and guarantees of the Brotherhood to provide a safe residence.

According to the available information, the deported brothers were detained at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, prompting him to communicate with the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, led by Mahmoud Hussein, and the legal advisor, Mukhtar al-Ashri, to find a way out. 

However, what happened was a disappointment to the terrorist’s hopes in his terrorist group. The group ignored all contacts until the Turkish authorities had to deport him being chained to his seat on the plane bound for Cairo.
Against the background of this incident, Egyptian fugitives in Turkey renewed accusations against the Muslim Brotherhood, claiming that they are pursuing selective policies to protect the Egyptians residing in Turkey.

Mahmoud Hatem was one of the Brotherhood's attackers on the background of the deportation case, posting his testimony on the role of the Brotherhood towards its fugitives in Turkey.
 Hatem said that the leaders of the group, especially Mahmoud Hussein and Saber Abul-Fotouh, intended to ignore the legalization of the situation of the fleeing Egyptians in Turkey if they were not affiliated with the group.
Hatem cited the fact that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had once asked the Brotherhood to prepare a list of the names of the Egyptians residing in Turkey for political reasons to grant them Turkish nationality. However, the leaders of the group chose certain names, according to the narrator, from within the community.

Hatem said that the fugitives in Turkey, who are not members of the Muslim Brotherhood, have been feeling uneasy for some time, after they used the Brotherhood leadership more than once and did not find the required response.
Brotherhood is a losing bet
In line with this, there came a post by the MB-biased channel’s TV host Tariq Kassem who said through his personal account on Facebook that the numbers are "huge," as he put it, of the Egyptian fugitives in Istanbul who are now preparing to leave Turkey and that they held their lives and future on a losing bet called the Brotherhood.
Kassem, who fled to Turkey four years ago from Egypt to work for the Mekameleen channel, accused the group's leaders of selling the "false illusion" to young people while practice proved otherwise.
The Turkish position on the Brotherhood differences
From the moment the deportation of a convicted Egyptian from Turkey was announced and the interpretations began to revolve around whether there was a shift in the Turkish position on the Muslim Brotherhood, or that the incident is no more than a routine security measure at Ataturk airport?
Apparently, the Turkish position on supporting the Muslim Brotherhood is impossible to be changed in light of the remarks made by the Turkish president on every occasion he mentions the Brotherhood.
The question here is: "Has Turkey changed its attitude towards the Brotherhood, and have the group's differences with their non-member allies influenced Turkish support?"
Nurhan el-Sheikh, professor of political science at Cairo University, told The Reference that the Turkish support for the Brotherhood is conditional, despite the Turkish constant emphasis on Ankara's absolute support for the group, so Turkey will turn away from the Muslim Brotherhood, sensing the absence of benefit from them.

This is supported by the assumption that Turkey's support for the group may be affected by the divisions that have broken down the ranks of those fleeing Egypt, and have escalated to the surface, and they have become dubious in Ankara's political game.
After the deportation of Abdulhafiz: Turkish pragmatism
Talk about Turkish pragmatism and the transformation of policies in general may be highlighted in the official speech of Turkey. During a television interview, the Turkish president said, "Even with your enemy, you are not severing ties ... you may need them."
The Erdogan formula, in which the Turkish president summarized the parameters of his pragmatic rule of politics, appeared strongly in the statements of Turkish Foreign Minister Mouloud Gawishğlu, who earlier announced Turkey's reluctance to think of dealing with Syria.

It is noteworthy that Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian crisis is one of the most prominent countries hostile to the Damascus government which is representative of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
All these transformations, which Ankara calls "flexibility," are linked to a decline in Turkish politics towards its Arab environment, which observers expected following the Turkish president's victory in a new presidential term.
"We may see a qualitative shift in Turkish policy toward the Arab world, with Ankara focusing on reforming what has corrupted it in its relations with Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian regime in particular," said Kurdish writer Hoshenk Ose.

He relied on his analysis on the negative political and economic consequences of Turkey's policies towards the Arab countries and its support for the Islamists since 2011, considering that these motives are likely to increase the possibility that Turkey will reconsider its policies even if it is slow.
It is noteworthy that the voices of Turkish politicians are escalating from time to time, to condemn the policies of the Turkish president, demanding to break what it considers the international isolation of Turkey, following the ambitions of the political president.
Turkey has recently resorted to reconsidering its relations with Russia and Iran, despite their well-known support for the Syrian state, which could open the door to changes in the Turkish position on the Brotherhood in its entirety.