Washington - Republicans To Obama: Don't Send F-16 Jets To Egypt Following Morsi's Anti-Jewish Comments
Washington - Members of Congress are asking the Obama administration to reconsider sending F-16 fighter jets to Egypt due to popular protests against the government and its use of anti-Semitic language.
âRecent violent outbreaks and the volatile situation in Egypt should give the US reason to pause when considering continuing to provide foreign assistance to the government of Egypt,â said Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committeeâs Middle East subcommittee, in announcing she was signing onto the letter sponsored by Republican Rep. Tim Griffin to US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The letter requests that the administration delay the delivery of F-16 planes.
Ros-Lehtinen continued, âEven more disconcerting are Morsiâs views toward our closest friend and ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel.â
She said that his statements âclearly reveal a man who holds Jews and Israel in such contempt that it would not be out of the realm of possibility to believe he is capable of turning his aggression toward Israel.â
Ros-Lehtinen was referring to video footage from 2010 in which Morsi referred to Jews as âthe descendants of apes and pigsâ and urged Egyptians to ânurse our children and grandchildren on hatredâ of Jews and Zionists.
Ros-Lehtinen also referred to the demonstrations that have racked Egypt as citizens have vented their frustration with the new government and chaos has reigned in some cities. Morsi declared several cities in a state of emergency on Wednesday night.
âWith turmoil again on the rise in Egypt and the future of the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood-led government in doubt, it is clear that we need to reevaluate our foreign policy objectives when dealing with the Egyptian government,â she said, describing that government as one that has repeatedly violated peopleâs civil rights.
The State Department on Friday criticized the ongoing turmoil in Egypt.
âWe strongly condemn the recent violence thatâs taken place in Egypt,â State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. âThere are clearly a large number of Egyptians who are frustrated with the direction of political reform as well as the pace of economic reform in Egypt. We have been counseling all sides, whether itâs the government or whether itâs the opposition, that these issues need to be dealt with peacefully through dialogue.â
She added, in connection to declaring a state of emergency, âGiven Egyptâs history this has to be handled carefully, and that whatâs most important is that the Egyptian people see that their democratic government behaves democratically with regard to their human rights and that their human rights are protected.â
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