Israeli analyst contrasts Turkey’s Muslim Brotherhood strategy with ISIL’s in Nice attack

by WorldTribune Staff, July 17, 2016

The coup attempt in Turkey “is not surprising” as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “aims to make Turkey an Islamic state again,” Israeli analyst Dr. Ephraim Herrera said.

“Erdogan is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, so naturally the partisans of the Ataturk movement, who follow Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who’d removed Islam from Turkish politics, are not too happy about this,” Herrera told Arutz Sheva.

Dr. Ephraim Herrera
Dr. Ephraim Herrera

Herrera clarified that the Muslim Brotherhood “doesn’t operate” like Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “Their goal is to bring about Islamic world-domination through non-military means, mainly demographic ones. We already see very large Turkish populations in Germany, Belgium, and other countries, and if Turkey enters the European Union, they would be able to move into anywhere in Europe completely freely.”

Elements of the execution of the coup Turkey, “were very surprising indeed,” Herrera said. “The generals didn’t cut off internet access during their operation, so Erdogan was able to freely and efficiently communicate with his supporters, and get crowds down to the streets to prevent the revolution. This means we cannot know whether this was really a coup by the officers, or one staged by Erdogan so that he can then eliminate opposition.”

Meanwhile, Herrera said the terror attack in Nice comes out of ISIL’s current playbook.

“Islam is not conquering France quite yet. But the kind of terror we are seeing comes from the ideas and aims of Islamic State, as written explicitly in the book written by Abu Musab a-Suri, the ideologue of ISIL.

“His aim is to terrorize the Western populations by attacks conducted by lone wolves, without need for affiliation with ISIL. They just read the instructions written by ISIL figures and disseminated online.

“Remember, the terrorist in Nice was a French citizen.”