Today’s Questions for the President

by Peter Kirsanow

Two weeks ago, Egyptian and Palestinian terrorists entered Israel from the Sinai and killed eight Israelis.

Under the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, Egyptian forces are prohibited from permanently deploying in the Sinai. It’s reported, however, that your administration plans to sell 125 M1A1 Abrams tanks to Egypt and also supports deployment of Egyptian military forces in the Sinai to deal with terrorists operating from there.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which appears to have been consolidating power in Egypt since Mubarak’s ouster, has long called for the nullification of the peace treaty with Israel. Given the Muslim Brotherhood’s apparent ascendance, isn’t your support for the sale of the M1A1 Abrams tanks and the deployment of Egyptian troops in the Sinai, at best, premature?

What evidence do you have that deployment of Egyptian forces will curb, rather than enable, terrorists from entering Israel?

Do you have any concerns that the deployment of Egyptian forces in the Sinai might heighten the probability of military clashes between Egypt and Israel?

Combined with your endorsement of a Palestinian state along pre-1967 borders, wouldn’t your support for deployment of Egyptian troops in the Sinai render Israel even more vulnerable to enemy attack? Why is the increased vulnerability of a U.S. ally in our interests?

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