Posted on January 01, 2011 in Campaign Statements

"Egypt has been a stalwart partner to the United States through its role in combating terrorism and supporting a stable Middle East, and the United States should maintain its policy of aid to Egypt. The United States should support an orderly transition to democratic government managed by the interim military-backed government, which offers the greatest protection against the emergence of a radical Islamic government in that country. That said, recent developments give reason for pause. The Egyptian military’s limited and delayed role in protecting the Israeli embassy, for instance, is cause for concern. Thus, as conditions in the country further develop, the United States should reassess and alter, as necessary, aid commitments to facilitate to the greatest extent possible 1) governmental reforms that guarantee fundamental rights and protections for the Egyptian citizenry necessary for sustainable democratic governance and 2) Egypt’s continued peaceful relations with Israel."