Skip to comments.Israel Expresses Dismay at Cutback of U.S. Aid to Egypt
Posted on 10/09/2013 12:20:58 PM PDT by Innovative
Officials and experts in Israel responded on Wednesday with a mixture of disappointment and alarm to the news that the United States planned to reduce its military aid to Egypt in response to this summers brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and the continuing violence it has spawned.
Israel views the aid as part and parcel of its 1979 peace treaty with Egypt, and essential to the maintenance of stability in the region.
But one Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the delicate diplomacy involved, warned that the implications of punitive cuts in Egypts aid could go far beyond the issue of Israeli-Egyptian relations. The United States is playing with fire, he said.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
U.S. to halt Egypt aid after coup, turmoil
The Chinese and Russians will be happy to fill in for us. With a few strings attached....
Israeli officials and experts say that the security cooperation between Israel and Egypt under Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, the Egyptian military leader who removed Mr. Morsi, has grown closer than ever. The Egyptian military has been fighting Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula, along the border with Israel, and destroying tunnels that were long used by the Hamas militant group to smuggle weapons into Gaza, where they could be used against Israel.I think I see the problem. /s
Egypt, US aid and Israel
“Would such a cut hurt Israeli-Egyptian relations? In talks with Washington back in August, Israel argued that it would. Such a cut might make it harder for Egypt to fight the security deterioration in the Sinai Peninsula, argued the officials.
They also said that ending US aid might endanger the Camp David Accords between Israel and Egypt.
Anwar Sadat wanted to break away from his alliance with the Soviet Union, and the US was more than happy to step in. At the same time, Sadat signed a peace agreement with Israel. Now Israel is concerned that a cut in aid might lead Egypt to annul or amend the treaty.”
Yup. And once again, the closed-minded, short-sighted Obama administration is too stupid to see this. Or just simply proof they don't care about a nascent democracy but would rather see a full-blown Islamic theocracy running Egypt.
I saw this posted here but the source was dubious so I wasn’t sure about its veracity.
However, if Israel knows about it and is being reported in the NYT, it seems to be true.
True and very distressing. Obama was on the side of the Muslim Brotherhood (that’s why one of his WH minions is shown holding the MB 4-finger salute in his official photo) and he’s clearly POed that the Egyptians kicked them out.
Punish, punish, punish, is the motto of Obama.
“would rather see a full-blown Islamic theocracy running Egypt.”
This is the real reason.
This should be taken not as a problem, but as an opportunity.
Right now, Egypt is a catastrophe, and showing all signs of getting monumentally worse. Its one still functioning asset is its military.
Israel, on the other hand, more than anything else, can offer the Egyptian military a whole bunch of brain power to help the Egyptian military prevent an utter collapse, and to get some sort of recovery going.
It can spot critical points where a little effort can pay huge dividends in such a recovery. And how to exploit and multiply those dividends. Importantly, it can do so in such a subtle manner that it appears a wholly Egyptian solution.
If I were in charge of such a program, the first thing I would do is get Egyptian agriculture up and running. Plentiful food makes an economic recovery a lot easier. And despite complaints by the eco-nuts, growing GM crops could quadruple their yields in a hurry.
All the money in the world can’t help Egypt or their retrograde culture.
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We're broke! We got nothing but an endless supply of paper that is backed by "the full faith and credit of the United States" (snicker) and the chicoms are supporting us, so we don't have any spare bucks - especially for a bunch of ragheads that want us dead. Comprende?
If you think Egypt should get some free money, place a call to your folks (New Yawk and Miami area codes) to wire some cash.
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If they want more money from the USA, all they have to do is bomb Israel or murder Christians.
Note to both Israel and Egypt: We don’t have the effing money, OK? And somebody tell the Corporation for Public Broadcasting too.
There can be no doubt that Obama is reacting as a child because his beloved Muslim Brotherhood has been outlawed in Egypt. Those are his boys - the MB, that is!!
Both the U.S. and Israel will suffer negative consequences from his childishness.
The present miltary protected government has been acting in the US interests, has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood and protected the Christians from the Islamists. Obama hates the Egyptian military.
I haven’t heard of any other foreign aid being cut —only foreign aid to friends is being cut.
There is no cut in the spending below as examples:
The budget request includes roughly $7.9 billion for the Administrations Global Health Initiative
(GHI) through State-Foreign Operations appropriations,
Feed the Future (FtF), the Obama Administrations food security initiative announced in 2010,
continues to be a priority for the Administration. The FY2013 request is for $1.1 billion in
Foreign Operations funds for related programs.
The FY2013 request for programs supporting the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI) is
$770 million, a 1% increase from the $760.9 million enacted estimate for FY2012.
International Family Planning and Abortion-Related Issues21
The Administration requested $643 million for family planning and reproductive health activities
Please see my post 19.