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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Surprise: 61% of Egyptians want to cancel treaty with Israel

I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that a survey shows that 61% of Egyptians want to cancel their country's peace treaty with Israel.
The poll, released last week by the Washington-based Pew Research Center, showed 61 percent of Egyptians want to cancel the 1979 agreement, while a third want to keep the treaty and the rest are undecided.

The survey found opposition to the agreement had grown significantly over the last year among people under 30 (up 14 percentage points to 64%) and the college-educated (up 18 points to 58%).

The poll was based on 1,000 face-to-face interviews conducted in Arabic between March 19 and April 10, and has a margin of error of 4%.

Pollsters found little change in Egyptians’ overwhelmingly negative views of their country’s decades-long ally, the United States: 79% had unfavorable opinions of America – the same figure as last year – and only 19% were favorable.

Six in ten Egyptians said US military and economic aid had a negative effect on their country, even while just a quarter describe the national economy as “good.”

The US gave Cairo $1.7 billion in economic and military aid in 2010 – its fifth-highest foreign outlay after Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel and Iraq.

US President Barack Obama is similarly unpopular. Nearly seven in ten respondents lacked confidence in Obama’s foreign policy, compared to just 29% expressing confidence. In 2009, ahead of Obama’s landmark Cairo address to the Muslim world, 42% of Egyptians said they had confidence in him.

Egyptians overwhelmingly viewed Islam as a positive influence on society, though the percentage viewing it as negative had exploded to 25% from a minuscule 2% last year. Still, six in ten said Egypt’s laws should strictly adhere to the Koran, and another third said laws should conform to Islamic principles but not necessarily follow the Koran to the letter.

Only 6% said the Koran need not be consulted in drafting laws.
And Obama just freed up another $1.3 billion in aid for these people as an 'incentive' to release Americans who were being held hostage. Aren't you glad we got rid of Mubarak?

What could go wrong?

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At 2:39 AM, Blogger Captain.H said...

...would prove further to the Israeli people, to those open-minded people all around the world, that a treaty with an Arab country isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

And Israel is being pressured to deeply compromise it's national security and sign a treaty with the bandittos and jihadis of the PA?! What's the Arabic translation for "fuggetaboutit"?


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