Message to Cairo: No U.S. Aid if This Occurs
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has called upon the Congressional delegation currently visiting Egypt, led by Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), to raise the issue of the Egyptian parliament demanding the cutting of ties with Israel, to condemn it, and to warn of an end to U.S. aid if this policy is adopted. The members of the Congressional delegation led by Rep. Pelosi are Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV).
This week, the Peoples Assembly, Egypts lower house, drafted a list of demands endorsed unanimously, calling for the deportation of the Israeli ambassador in Egypt, halting export of natural gas to Israel, and reexamining the Camp David peace accords with Israel. The statement reads, Revolutionary Egypt will never be a friend or ally of the Zionist regime which we consider the primary enemy of Egypt and its Arab people, read the unusually strong-worded statement. [Egypt] will treat this entity as an enemy. The government is urged to reexamine its relations and agreements with this enemy. The parliamentary recommendations, elaborated in eight articles, also include extending aid to the Palestinians; adopting all forms of resistance against Israel; and urging the Arab League to oppose the Judaization of Jerusalem (Elhanan Miller, Egyptian parliament demands to cut ties with Israel over Gaza, Times of Israel, March 12, 2012).
The Arab Affairs Committee in the Parliament, chaired by Dr. Mohamed Al-Saed Idris, outlined a new policy which does not refer to Israel, only to the Zionist entity, the enemy, the imperialist entity- standard terms of abuse in the Middle East for those who seek to destroy Israel. The Idris committee also criticizes America for its support of Israel; officially designates Israel as an enemy; and calls for the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, the cessation of the export of Egyptian gas to Israel, freezing of economic agreements and the reinstitution of economic boycotts of Israel. It also calls for all means of support to Palestinian terrorist groups and resistance in all its forms and manifestations as the strategic path to the liberation of occupied land. It also calls for raising internationally the issue of Jerusalem and its judaization.
As Lt-Col. Jonathan Halevi points out, The Arab Affairs Committees statement was unanimously accepted and applauded in Parliament and reflects the true perception of the Islamic elements in the Egyptian political leadership (which is also shared by the leftist organizations). In its eyes, Israel is the foremost enemy of Egypt and the Arab and Islamic world, and the peace agreement with it (the Camp David agreement) is considered a dead letter (Jonathan D. Halevi, The New Egyptian Parliament Takes Aim at the Camp David Accords, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 15, 2012).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, We urge Rep. Pelosi and the members of the Congressional delegation she is leading in Egypt to raise this extremely serious issue with the Egyptian government and to condemn the Egyptian parliament for approving this set of proposals for ending peace with Israel.
The delegation is uniquely placed to convey a vital message – that if this set of policy proposals is adopted, the U.S. will immediately cut off funds to Egypt, which it has received for over three decades solely on account of the country signing a peace agreement with Israel.
Egypt cannot expect to abrogate the 1979 peace treaty and retain the fruits of peace agreement, while depriving Israel all it gained under the treaty. Therefore, the Pelosi delegation should state that, if Egypt pursues this new policy, Israel may well retake the Sinai and its Israeli-developed oil fields, which it ceded under the terms of the peace treaty to Egypt.
We also urge the Obama Administration and all Members of Congress to deliver a similar message to Cairo. Such a statement of U.S. resolve might induce the Egyptian government to stand firm in support of the Egyptian/Israeli peace agreement.