The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Pro-Israel think-tanker calls for ‘aid conditionality’ to encourage Egyptian democratisation

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­By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
July 26, 2012

In a July 20 opinion piece, Shadi Hamid claims there’s a need for “aid conditionality” to rescue the troubled democratic transition in Egypt. Hamid, a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, argues:

In short, if the goal is to pressure recalcitrant governments and encourage real, sustained democratisation, then the current strategy will not do. First, when it comes to Egypt, the US and the European Union should coordinate policy and seriously consider temporarily suspending military aid. Second, any future economic assistance should depend on demonstrating progress on key political indicators, including transfer of power to civilian rule and respect for civil society. Those benchmarks should be clearly defined and announced in public as part of a broader public diplomacy strategy. SCAF’s violations have been and continue to be rather egregious. In the span of one week in June, it reinstated martial law, dissolved a democratically elected parliament, and imposed an eleventh hour decree which stripped the presidency of its powers. If this is not a red line for the United States and Europe, then what is?

As you note Hamid’s clear preference for civilian over military rule — i.e. rule by the Muslim Brotherhood — bear in mind that the think tank he works for was specifically established “to protect Israel.”

Maidhc Ó Cathail has written extensively on Israel’s key role in U.S. democracy promotion.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

July 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

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  1. The ‘Saban Center for Middle East Policy’ at the Brookings is an Israeli-interests think tank. It’s founded and funded by Zionist Jew Haim Saban, who had claimed that he had dedicated his life to protect Israeli interests.

    Hamid is just voicing the opinion of Israel Lobby which has demanded in the past to use $1.3 billion annual military aid to Egypt as a tool to force the “Egyptian democracy” to keep honoring the so-called “Israel-Egypt” peace treaty which was co-authored by Israel for the benefit of Israel. No wonder, Anwar Sadat was called a traitor and shot dead for signing the treaty.

    Eric Trager, an Israel-Egypt expert with AIPAC’s think tank, WINEP, believes that the ‘aid stick’ will not work with the military junta. “The military establishment doesn’t believe the US will go ahead with the cut. The only threat they see to US aid is if peace with Israel is overturned,” says Eric.

    MJ Rosenberg, American Jewish journalist and former AIPAC official and Bill Clinton’s political appointee at USAID, wrote in his blog on June 21, 2012: “The Netanyahu government wants the aid to continue, and a point I need not belabor, it gets what it wants both from the President and Congress“.


    July 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

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