Perhaps a crack team of Israeli intel operatives have been reading the Egyptian press? TBE thought this would be more interesting. No new information except the reaction from Safwat al-Sherif.
From Page 1 of al-Masri al-Youm’s July 9 edition:
Israeli Intelligence Claims: Mubarak Will Resign Soon and Transfer Power to Gamal… al-Sherif Responds: News is Untruthful and “Childish”
Maariv: The President will call early elections and Gamal will face pockets of resistance from the security establishment
Israeli intelligence claims that President Mubarak will announce his retirement soon and that he intends to transfer power to his son Gamal via early presidential elections. In an exclusive comment to al-Masri al-Youm, Speaker of the Shura Council and Secretary General of the NDP Safwat Sherif said that what was published by Israeli journalists in Maariv on this matter is untruthful and childish, there is no truthful basis for it, and it deserves no further comment beyond that. Meanwhile experts considered this news a naked attempt to keep the attention of the Egyptian, Arab and international publics away from the Palestinian issue, in which Egypt and President Mubarak play a fundamental role. A report in Maariv yesterday mentioned that high level intelligence professionals have been convening a series of discussions and workshops together with Israeli political leaders to discuss the transfer of power in Egypt and the future of Cairo’s political system after Mubarak.
The newspaper quoted intelligence sources who had attended the meeting as saying, “President Mubarak decided to retire soon and to withdraw from politics, and to call early elections before the end of his term in 2011.”
[Repeats a bunch of stuff from earlier in the article, in case readers had forgotten what they just read]… especially because he “is passing through a very tough phase at the personal level on account of the death seven weeks ago of his 12-year-old grandson Muhammad ‘Alaa.” The newspaper added that Israeli leaders believe that “President Mubarak himself will supervise the transfer of power to his son Gamal during his life in order to increase his son’s chances of becoming president.
The same sources added that Gamal will face some “pockets of opposition” among the ranks of the security establishment.