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Washington - Republicans To Obama: Don't Send F-16 Jets To Egypt Following Morsi's Anti-Jewish Comments

Published on: February 3, 2013 09:33 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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FILE - A U.S. Air Force F16A fighter jet takes off from a U.S. military camp in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad November 17, 2008.      REUTERS/Erik de CastroFILE - A U.S. Air Force F16A fighter jet takes off from a U.S. military camp in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad November 17, 2008.    REUTERS/Erik de Castro

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.

“Recent 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,” said Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s 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.

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Ros-Lehtinen continued, “Even more disconcerting are Morsi’s views toward our closest friend and ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel.”

She said that his statements “clearly 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.”

Ros-Lehtinen was referring to video footage from 2010 in which Morsi referred to Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs” and urged Egyptians to “nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred” 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.

“With 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,” she said, describing that government as one that has repeatedly violated people’s civil rights.

The State Department on Friday criticized the ongoing turmoil in Egypt.

“We strongly condemn the recent violence that’s taken place in Egypt,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. “There 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 it’s the government or whether it’s the opposition, that these issues need to be dealt with peacefully through dialogue.”

She added, in connection to declaring a state of emergency, “Given Egypt’s history this has to be handled carefully, and that what’s 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.”

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 11:16 AM volfe Says:

נאכדעם וואונדערט זיך אינזער לאנג אויעריגע. פרעסידענט ווי עס קומטיצו 4ראן טארקע ערעפלאנען
דער עורב פון איראן קומט יעצט באזיכען אין מצרים צום זרזיר

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 01:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Scary... why should USA give them such capabilities????

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 01:16 PM Benny Says:

I am happy to see we have some people with the "seichel" in our government

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 01:50 PM Anonymous Says:

I think it's a waste of time. Obama believes that being in the White House means he doesnt have to listen to anyone.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 08:42 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

Well, the US is required to pay the Egyptians a certain percentage of what they pay the Israelis. Giving them airplanes is less harmful than giving them (say) small arms. We can say with certainty where the planes are and what they are doing. Further, we can cut off the supply of spare parts in the blink of an eye, reducing their combat capacity without firing a shot.

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