El Amrani on Egyptian-Israeli peace and U.S. Aid

Freelance journalist and blogger Issandr El Amrani commented yesterday on the Muslim Brotherhood threatening the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty if the U.S. cuts aid. He argues that, “when the Brothers make threats about a cut in [U.S.] aid leading to the collapse of the [Egypt-Israeli peace] treaty, they [i.e. the Brotherhood] either don’t know what they’re talking about or are making baseless threats. And moreover, by linking aid to the treaty, they are in effect suggesting that Egypt’s policy towards Israel is indeed up for sale, and that they will gladly take the money to remain quiet on Egypt-Israeli relations. Is this what they meant to say, after having spent much of the last three decades denouncing the treaty and Egypt’s slavish acquiescence to pro-Israel US policies?” He offers three valuable bullet-points, with this one, I think, being the most striking:

An aid relationship exists between Israel and the US and Egypt and the US (with the latter since 1975). It was informally framed after Camp David as partly a reward for the peace, and partly to ensure that Israel would get proportionally more aid than Egypt and be helped by the US to retain a military edge. These terms were negotiated, and later renegotiated between the militaries and governments of the three countries, but there is nothing in the treaty itself that obliges the US to disburse aid of any kind to either country. [Emphasis added]

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