Today, Rep. Walsh sent a clear message to the new Egyptian government that the United States will not continue to provide $2 billion a year in foreign aid if President Mohamed Mursi and the new Egyptian government oppose American interests in the Middle East. Walsh, along with 35 other members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to House Leadership that urges them to withhold aid to the new Egyptian government until it reaffirms its treaties with Israel and recognizes Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. Since Egypt signed the Camp David Accords in 1979, the U.S. has provided roughly $2 billion a year in aid to Egypt in return for it maintaining peace with Israel.
"At a time when our nation is racking up record deficits and American families are struggling under higher taxes and shrinking budgets, the United States needs to start prioritizing foreign aid programs. Every tax dollar that goes to propping up a government directly opposed to American interests is a tax dollar wasted. That money should instead be put towards paying down our national debt or providing tax relief to struggling American families."
Many members of the Muslim Brotherhood have a history of supporting terrorism, and current party leaders have made no conscious move to abandon that legacy. President Mursi has spoken noxiously about American policy in the Middle East, referred to Israelis as "tyrants," and expressed doubts that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by terrorists. The President has also been quoted as stating that he favors normalizing relations with Iran, including expanding areas of political and economic cooperation in order to create a balance of pressure in the region. Of greatest concern are reports that President Mursi revealed that the Camp David Peace Accords with Israel "will be reviewed."
"Israel is a critical strategic partner for the U.S. in the Middle East. Only a strong, secure Israel will bring lasting peace to the Middle East. We would like to continue an open, working relationship with the new Egyptian government. But it must choose to work with the United States to continue to promote peace and stability in the region. Any future foreign aid packages must be contingent on these actions."