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Thursday, June 04, 2009

US forced Egypt to invite Israel's ambassador to Obama's speech

Here's an example of how little it means for Israel to be at 'peace' with Egypt. The United States had to force Egypt to invite Israel's ambassador to Cairo, Shalom Cohen, to Obama's speech on Thursday. And even then Cohen's appearance at the event was dicey.
Egyptian sources said Ambassador Cohen was invited by the president of the university, Prof. Hossam Kamel, who told journalists the instruction to invite Cohen came from "on high" and was "impossible to refuse." The White House constructed the guest list together with the director-general of Mubarak's office, and the Egyptian president personally authorized the result.

The Muslim Brotherhood MPs had requested an emergency debate in parliament on the invitation of the Israeli ambassador, and university lecturers threatened to block Cohen from entering the campus. However, the protests were said to have subsided when the Muslim Brotherhood MPs found their names on the guest list as well, along with the name of recently released opposition activist Ayman Nour.
When peace with an Arab country really means peace, call me.


At 12:23 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

If Arabs have to be forced to accept Israelis, peace is far away.

And that's true with Egypt where the overwhelming majority of Egyptians hate Jews. Its going to take more than a US presidential address to change it.


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