Pro-Israel think tank urges U.S. to cut military aid to Egypt to demonstrate that democracy is a top priority

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail

In an op-ed in the Atlantic entitled “The Real Reason the U.S. Should Consider Cutting Military Aid to Egypt,” Shadi Hamid suggests:

‘The U.S. could still withhold military aid to Egypt. Leverage, though, is a tricky thing. After the U.S. backed down on its last public threat to revoke aid, the challenge is making the SCAF believe that it really could lose the aid this time. Therefore, the best way to restore American credibility — and, with time, to restore leverage as well — is to actually follow through on the threat’.

As for “the real reason” referred to in the title, the Atlantic’s summary puts it thus:

‘It’s not just about deterring the country’s generals from grabbing power — it’s about demonstrating that the U.S. is making democracy a top priority in the Middle East’.

Shadi Hamid is director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy. As I noted previously:

‘The Saban Center was established in 2002 with a pledge of nearly $13 million from the Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban to the Brookings Institution. Having once admitted to the New York Times, “I’m a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel,” Saban told an Israeli conference in 2010 that establishing think tanks was one of his “three ways to be influential in American politics” — along with making donations to political parties and controlling media outlets — so that he could “protect Israel, by strengthening the United States-Israel relationship.”

So the next time someone claims that Tel Aviv feels threatened by the Islamic Awakening, they need to be asked why a think tank specifically set up to advance Israeli interests is urging Washington to pressure SCAF to hand over power to the Muslim Brotherhood.


The piece first ran at the writer’s blog ‘The Passionate Attachment’.

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  • Muhammad Aslam Durrani fsicsc  On July 5, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Would be a bad move. Israel forced American to topple elected government of Hamas.

  • Rauf  On July 5, 2012 at 5:48 am

    In other words, it is another style of Black Mail.

  • Javed Iqbal  On July 5, 2012 at 5:48 am

    Its all about “DEMOCRACY”

    At the hands of USA, the Democracy is the weapon of mass destruction, for all Muslim states.

  • Bill  On July 6, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Were democracy a top priority, there would be no
    aid at all to Israel.

    BTW, YAA, you might find this interesting — it’s
    the Green Party’s nominee’s policy statement on
    Palestine and Israel:

    United States policy regarding Israel and Palestine must be revised to make international law, peace and human rights for all people, no matter their religion or nationality, the central priorities. While the U.S. government sometimes voices support for this principle in name, in practice U.S policy towards Palestine and Israel has violated this principle more often than not.

    In particular, the United States has encouraged the worst tendencies of the Israeli government as it pursues policies of occupation, apartheid, assassination, illegal settlements, blockades, building of nuclear bombs, indefinite detention, collective punishment, and defiance of international law. Instead of allying with the courageous proponents of peace within Israel and Palestine, our government has rewarded consistent abusers of human rights. There is no peace or justice or democracy at the end of such a path. We must reset U.S. policy regarding Israel and Palestine, as part of a broader revision of U.S. policy towards the Middle East.

    On taking office, I will put all parties on notice — including the Israeli government, the Palestinian Authority, and the Hamas administration in Gaza – that future U.S. support will depend on respect for human rights and compliance with international law. All three administrations will also be held responsible for preventing attacks by non-state actors on civilians or military personnel of any nationality. The parties will be given 60 days to each demonstrate unilateral material progress towards these ends.

    Material progress will be understood to include but not be limited to an end to the discriminatory apartheid policies within the state of Israel, the removal of the Separation Wall, a ban on assassination, movement toward denuclearization, the release of all political prisoners and journalists from Israeli and Palestinian prisons, disarmament of non-state militias, and recognition of the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians.

    Failure by any party to demonstrate sufficient material progress will result in the end of U.S. military and economic aid to that party. Should the end of U.S. aid fail to cause a party to redirect its policies and to take steps resulting in sufficient material progress within an additional 60 days, I will direct my State Department to initiate diplomacy intended to isolate and pressure the offending party, including the use of economic sanctions and targeted boycott. In this way, U.S. policy will begin to become consistent with its practices regarding other violators of human rights and international law in the region.

    Consistency in U.S. policy regarding human rights and international law will begin, but not end, with Palestine and Israel. I will apply this same approach to other nations, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Yemen, among others. I will also ensure that the United States begins to honor its obligations to protect human rights, and will expect that the world community will hold us to the same account we hold others.

    Finally, as President I will put the full weight of the United States behind the establishment of a Palestine and Israel Truth and Reconciliation Commission as the vehicle for shifting from an era of human rights violations to one based on trust and bringing all parties together to seek solutions. Any stakeholder who enters into this process must pledge to work for a solution that respects the rights of all involved. This will bring America’s Middle East policy into alignment with American values. I understand that in the end, a dedicated commitment to justice will further American interests in the region much better than the current policies of supporting abuses and violence by one side against the other. And I believe that this is in the best interests of all people living in Israel and Palestine.


  • Portugheis Alberto  On July 6, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Pro-Israel think tank urges U.S. to cut military aid to Egypt to demonstrate that democracy is a top priority !!!!!!!!!!??????????????

    When has Democracy been a priority to the United States of America??????????? the list of military dictators they have supported and still support is endless. And the Think Tank is formed by either ignorants of hypocrites if they call the Arms Trade “military aid”. There is NO aid in the military business. From a gigantic warship to the smallest bullet, everything is traded, everything is sold and bought. This is why countries increase their debts on a regular basis, because they borrow funds in order to buy military equipment.

    Furthermore, the situation in Egypt, as everywhere else in the world, would not change a jot if USA stopped selling military equipment to Egypt. It only means USA rivals will have a better chance of selling their products.

    Shadi Hamid seems to have been successfully brain-washed by the Saban Centre for Middle East Policy, otherwise that USA’s foreign policy is to sell, sell and sell military products, for countries to be able to fight and buy more weapons. Furthermore, whether their clients are official Governments, (civil or military), rebel Forces, mercenary armies, etc, etc, doesn’t matter in the least. The aim is sell, sell and sell.


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