ZOA Critical of Obama Administration’s Naive Endorsement Of Arms Transfer to Egypt
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has expressed criticism over the Obama Administration’s naive endorsement of the transfer of arms to Mohamed Morsi’s Egyptian regime and its failure to condemn vile anti-Semitic statements by Morsi that emerged in recent days. Members of ZOA include Cherna Moskowitz, Ira Rennert and Ronn Torossian.
At a joint ceremony in Cairo to mark the delivery of four new F-16 aircraft to the Egyptian Air Force that the U.S. dispatched last month, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne W. Patterson said, “Today’s ceremony demonstrates the firm belief of the United States that a strong Egypt is in the interest of the U.S., the region, and the world … We look to Egypt to continue to serve as a force for peace, security, and leadership as the Middle East proceeds with its challenging yet essential journey toward democracy … Our thirty-four year security partnership is based upon shared interests and mutual respect … The United States has long recognized Egypt as an indispensible [sic] partner” (‘U.S. and Egypt Reinforce Commitment to Regional Security with Delivery of F-16s,’ U.S. Cairo Embassy press release, February 3, 2013).
ZOA National Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael Goldblatt said, “The ZOA criticized this arms transfer immediately it was announced – for good reason: there is a new regime in Egypt since last year, backed by the extremist, Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, yet President Obama has chosen to send arms under an agreement concluded in 2010 when the Mubarak regime was in power.
“Who are the likely future targets of this Egyptian weaponry? Iran? Syria? Or is it Israel? The ZOA believes that the answer is obvious.
“It is extraordinary and surreal that, only days after Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi is shown to be a guttersnipe anti-Semite of the worst kind, President Obama would approve the dispatch of weaponry to Cairo. It is no less remarkable that Ambassador Patterson would speak of Egypt’s ‘essential journey towards democracy,’ when it is clear Egypt is becoming a hostile, Islamist dictatorship.
“It is also deeply worrying that the recent Morsi revelations did not result in the condemnation of his comments and at least the postponement of the arms transfer.
“As we have said previously, even without the latest revelations about Morsi, common sense and prudence would have dictated that President Obama withhold all aid to Egypt until and unless Morsi gives a written commitment to observe the peace treaty with Israel; repudiate the Muslim Brotherhood platform and statements opposing peace, human rights and the Egyptian/U.S. alliance; and rescinds his pledge to work for freeing Islamist sheikh Omar-Abdel Rahman, jailed by the U.S. for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing that killed six people.
“At a minimum, President Obama should have immediately withheld this arms package to Cairo, which put top-of-the-line American planes and tanks into the hands of a vicious and dangerous regime. That he did not do so should be a wake-up call to those Americans who have accepted his bromides about supporting Israel and having its security at heart.
“Ambassador Patterson’s speech in Cairo suggests that the Obama Administration has not got a clue about the nature of the Morsi regime, the Muslim Brotherhood or their malign intentions towards Israel and the U.S.. These words will one day come back to bite the Obama Administration.”
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