Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) says cut off Egypt if peace is threatened – from the Jerusalem Post:
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…
This is only sensible – in order to secure peace between Israel and Egypt, the United States and Israel went about 100 extra miles to secure Egypt’s agreement. It must be remember that Egypt was the clear loser in two wars of aggression launched against Israel.
As a result of those two wars, Israel had gained and retained firm control of the Sinai…and could easily have pressed far beyond the Suez Canal at will. Israel was under no moral or legal requirement to return a square inch of formerly Egyptian territory…heck, Germany has more claim to East Prussia these days than Egypt had to the Sinai after the Yom Kippur War. But Israel sincerely wanted (and still wants), peace. It seemed not too great a price to free Israel from the renewed threat of war with Egypt…and so Israel agreed to surrender to the losers in the matter of the Sinai.
For the United States, it was a matter that Egypt had played a huge role in messing up the Middle East, forcing the United States to expend vast amounts of time and resources fixing what Egypt had broken. But we also wanted peace between Israel and Egypt – and so we figured a relatively endless number of billions of dollars was worth it. In the end, what Egypt – the aggressor/loser – got was all that Egypt had justly lost, plus a massive, monetary bribe from us to make peace. And so peace was made – but the price of peace on Egypt’s part is to not in any way, shape or form threaten Israel.
Right now, that is shifting…and if the Moslem Brotherhood gains even partial power in Egypt in the upcoming elections, then that shift will become more pronounced. The price Egypt must pay for breaking the terms of the peace treaty is to lose the bribe we offered…and we’ll leave it up to Israel if they want to take back Israeli territory in the Sinai (and I think they should – forthwith, before the new Egyptian government gets organized and, perhaps, moves major military forces in to the Sinai). A deal is a deal, and the Egyptians are breaking it…and I don’t have any concern at all about why Egypt might be doing this. It is immaterial…there can be no justification, and so all deals are off. The Egyptians must be instructed that the losers can make no demands…and can’t ever change the terms.
It is high time we learned that you can’t play around with things like this – watching and waiting and hoping things will come out right just doesn’t work. The graves of Egyptians and Israelis are already being dug due to Egyptian actions…the quicker things are resolved, the fewer there will be. It is a matter of acting forcefully in the near term in order to cut off a catastrophe in the long term.