Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Close the money pipeline to Egypt, says Kay Granger

Kay Granger, chairwoman of the US House appropriations foreign operations subcommittee wants no money to go to Egypt unless they maintain the peace treaty and relationship with Israel.  $2B a year, we will see if the morphing government takes the bait.

Somehow I see confusion from the State Dept. on whether Egypt is/will be our friend, but with Obama acting like a Muslim it would not surprise me to see the administration lean heavily towards keeping the jizya payments flowing.

From The Jerusalem Post August 23 by Herb Keinon

US lawmaker: Aid to Egypt depends on peace with Israel

Washington’s $2 billion in annual aid to Egypt will be cut off if Cairo backs out of the peace treaty with Israel, Congresswoman Kay Granger – whose job as chairwoman of the US House appropriations foreign operations subcommittee means she literally writes America’s annual foreign aid bill – told The Jerusalem Post on Monday.
The United States aid to Egypt is predicated on the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, and so the relationship between Egypt and Israel is extremely important,” the eight-term Republican from Texas said in an interview.
“As an appropriator I have two concerns: One thing is the continuing relationship between Egypt and Israel, and the other thing of course is what government we will be dealing with in Egypt, and what position the Muslim Brotherhood will play in this government.”
As long as our administration views the MB as "mostly secular" there will be no honest dealings or above board discussions, and we will end up giving to our enemies what they want.
Granger, here among a delegation of 25 Republican congressmen sponsored by the American Israel Educational Foundation, a charitable organization affiliated with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said she is on record as saying that “if the treaty between Egypt and Israel is not continued, our financial support will not continue.”
She said she was not aware of any US threat to cut aid to Egypt during discussions this week on defusing the Israeli-Egyptian crisis following Thursday’s terrorist attack and the ensuing killing of three Egyptian security officials. A senior Israeli official said that not only was there no threat of a cutoff of aid, but that there was no need for such a threat, and Israel never asked for one.
While Egypt and Israel were in direct contact in defusing the crisis, the US was also heavily involved in the discussions as well.
Regarding how the Muslim Brotherhood’s participation in a future Egyptian government would impact the level of aid, Granger said this would depend “on how much of a position they have.”
Everyone, she said, assumed the Muslim Brotherhood would have some role and some participation in the next Egyptian government, but what will impact the level of US assistance will be the level of its governmental control.
She said all of this has been made clear to the Egyptians, and that at a meeting in March with transition head Field Marshal Muhammad Hussein Tantawi, the first thing she asked was whether the treaty with Israel would be honored.
“The answer was yes,” she said.

We shall see how long that answer can be honored when the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafis take power as a majority political party.

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