In 1979, under the stewardship of President Jimmy Carter, Israel and Egypt signed the Camp David peace treaty, by which Israel committed itself to yield the Sinai to Egypt, together with all its material and strategic assets. The whole world hoped that this historic handshake would indeed finally bring peace and tranquility to the troubled Middle East.
What are the facts?
An implacable enemy. Egypt is Israel’s most implacable enemy. It was the key player and military leader in the 1948 assault on the nascent Jewish state. Almost miraculously, Israel was able to defeat the combined Arab might. Egypt remained in occupation of the Gaza strip.
But thirsting for revenge, Egypt — together with Jordan and Syria — attacked Israel again in 1967. In a brilliant campaign that will be studied in war colleges for centuries, Israel, in six days, utterly destroyed the Arab war machine. At the end of that war, Israel stayed in possession of the the vast Sinai.
Instead of licking its wounds, Egypt, after its
rout in the Six Day War, almost immediately engaged in a war of attrition
against Israel. That
war lasted for years. Egypt never ceased in its attempt to destroy
Israel. The hostility culminated once again on Yom Kipper of 1973, when
armed forces, in coordination with Syria, once again launched a major
war against Israel. Israel once again prevailed. Only urgent intervention
by the United States and others brought about a truce and prevented
the total annihilation of the Egyptian force.
A terrible disappointment. The disappointment was almost immediate. Anwar Sadat was assassinated by one of his own terrorist countrymen. He had to die, for no other reason than for having denied the Arab mantra: No peace, no negotiation, and no recognition of Israel.
Israel had envisioned its peace with Egypt as that between the United States and Canada. But that was not to be. Right from the very beginning, travel was harshly discouraged and strictly controlled by Egypt. Trade was non-existent. Israel’s ambassador to Cairo was under virtual house arrest. He was never included in any official function. The Egyptian press, tightly controlled by the government, initiated an orgy of anti-Semitic publicity, highlighted by hateful cartoons rivaling those of the “Stürmar,” the notorious Nazi hate sheet. There hasn’t been an Egyptian ambassador in Israel for over three years.
Egypt is no friend of the United States. It consistently votes against our country’s interest in the forums of the United Nations. In order to get Egypt to agree to the Camp David peace in 1979, the United States committed itself to aid Egypt to the tune of $2.2 billion per year. Only about $.9 billion of that is earmarked as “economic aid.” The balance, over $1.3 billion, is for military aid.
Egypt has the largest armed forces in the entire Middle East, in manpower and in equipment. It has recently supplemented its navy with eleven new battle cruisers. It has placed four recent orders for F-16’s, totaling 190 new planes. It has acquired 180 Hawk and 1,000 Hellfire missiles. It has already received delivery of 24 Apache helicopters and it expects to receive twelve more. The armored corps is comprised of the most modern U.S. tanks. Egypt is bordered by Libya, Sudan and Israel. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out against which of these countries all of this armament, all of this military power is directed. It’s toward Israel, of course.
What does the U.S. hope to accomplish by arming this mortal enemy of Israel, which is still bent on the destruction of the Jewish state? Since Israel is the one immutable ally of the United States in the entire region, a country we can always count on, it is hard to understand why our government would be participatory in Israel’s possible destruction. It makes no sense at all.
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Gerardo Joffe, President