Skip to comments.Israeli official: Obama can't repeat 'naive' policy with Egypt
Posted on 07/08/2013 10:08:18 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Diplomatic source told Israel Radio that Jerusalem expects Obama to back Egyptian military in its efforts to stabilize country following Morsi's presidency.
The Israeli government expects US President Barack Obama to avoid pursuing the same "naïve" policies in its dealings with the post-Mohamed Morsi Egypt as he did in his handling of the crisis that brought down Hosni Mubarak, a senior official told Israel Radio.
Jerusalem, which made no secret of its displeasure with Obama for what government officials believe was his abandonment of a key ally, is hopeful that the US will back the military's efforts to stabilize the country after millions took to the streets demanding the ouster of Morsi, Mubarak's Islamist successor.
According to the government source, Obama's "naivete" led him to engage in dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood and paved the way for the downfall of Mubarak.
An Israeli diplomatic source told Israel Radio on Tuesday that officials in Jerusalem anticipate a protracted crisis in Egypt because the Muslim Brotherhood has no intention of giving up power without a fight.
The source added that General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the commander in chief of the armed forces, realized what was at stake and took it upon himself to "rescue Egypt" from Islamist rule.
The official told Israel Radio that al-Sisi was hopeful the Obama administration wouldn't "nitpick" over whether a military coup was carried out. US law mandates that foreign aid be cut off to a country in which the military removes a democratically elected government.
The White House refused to label the military ouster of Egypt's president a coup on Monday and said there would be no immediate cut-off in US aid to Egypt in a move that distances Washington from the country's toppled Muslim Brotherhood leadership.
White House spokesman Jay Carney, peppered with questions about Egypt at a daily briefing, struggled to explain how Washington could avoid calling the ouster of Morsi a coup.
Under a law dating back to the 1980s, a "coup" label would force the United States to cut off the flow of $1.55 billion in aid it sends to Egypt each year and take away what little leverage Washington has with Cairo, leaving it with few options to help shape events in Egypt, an important regional ally.
Obama and his top aides have denounced the ouster of the democratically elected Morsi but have been careful to avoid calling for him to be reinstated, prompting speculation that the United States tacitly supported his ouster.
Instead, they have voiced support in general for a return to democratic rule, a reflection at least in part of US weariness with the Morsi government, which officials felt was largely ineffective.
“Naive” isn’t the word.
That is if Obama even shows his face in Eqypt again. There are other ways for him to stir up trouble.
Clueless irony of the week award goes whomever is the naïf in the Israeli government responsible for the belief that 0bama has learned anything that would lead him to avoid pursuing naïve policies.
Naive isnt the word.
The Israelis know first hand, that Obama & Co. cannot be relied on for anything. That is why Israel is preparing a number of “steps” in the coming months.
Obama has proven to be more niave, well, I have to say it, more niave than...Carter.
All parties in the Middle East and world, both friend and foe know that Obama is lost. The US administration is STILL debating whether the coup in Egypt, technically speaking, was a military coup or not. That's like all of Obama’s red lines up till now, worthless.
Naive isnt the word.
No, calculating and stupid would be a lot closer to the truth! If Obama is allowed to finish his term, America won’t have a friend left in the world. And that will be the best situation we can end up in.
Jimmy Carter was genuinely naive and stupid and still is plus now he is nasty too. But at least he grew up as an American. In contrast to El Presidente JugEars who did not grow up as an American, had hippie-commie mother and is not naive.
Plus being “mentored” by commie Frank Marshall Davis, quite possibly in gay-bi ways too
Sure he can. Just watch.
(Btw, the second time, it's likely intentional...)
Obama will find a way to run again in 2016 but a tri-sexual, open borders Republican can beat him
Are you an isolationist, circa 1938?
If, in 2016, a Republican cannot beat Shrillary or other RAT candidate, then it is the end of the Republican Party...and, the nation.
that is why we need a real conservative nominee
Ummm... It was intentional the first time too, Smokin Joe!
Sure seemed that way to me, too.
Egypt would only need “military aid” if they were going to war. They have more than sufficient working equipment that it should last 3-5 years without further effort, providing they don’t go to war with Israel. (In which case no amount of aid will help them.)
What Egypt needs is food and fuel. But, foreign aid is money we give that gets spent with US military equipment manufacturers. That is what we want to give as it gets senators money and votes. THAT is why Obama hasn’t declared what happened in Egypt a coup.
More like Muslim sympathizer
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Yes, he can.