The satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has already published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad, is preparing to do so again, leading politicians to brace for the worst.
After a week of sometimes violent protests among segments of the Middle East's Muslim population, there is fear that what seems like a deliberate provocation will cause another spasm of anger.
Khaled Elgindy of the US-based Brookings Institution told Al Jazeera that the provocation fringes on both sides benefit the most from these incidents. Elgindy thinks that it is likely that there will be an escalation on both sides.
Egypt has issued warrants for the prosecution of seven Coptic Christians allegedly involved in the "Innocence of Muslims" film that has been attributed to much of the protesting, as well as for Florida pastor Terry Jones, who had triggered violence in Afghanistan and elsewhere for burning the Koran. This action might provoke even more outrage, the Al Jazeera commentators speculated.