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Did Israel lobby task force on Egypt meet with Salafists under false pretenses?

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    By Maidhc Ó Cathail
    The Passionate Attachment
    December 4, 2012

    During the Q & A at a recent Washington Institute policy forum luncheon to discuss a report by the pro-Israel think tank’s bipartisan Task Force on the Future of U.S.-Egypt Relations entitled “Engagement without Illusions: Building an Interest-Based Relationship with the New Egypt,” a questioner may have inadvertently revealed one of secrets to the Israel lobby’s extraordinary access to avowed enemies of the Jewish state in the Middle East. Marina Ottaway, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment, who apparently kept bumping into WINEP’s Robert Satloff and the report’s authors Vin Weber and Gregory B. Craig during their fact-finding trip to Egypt, remarked in passing:

    And by the way, the Salafists, those three very endearing guys who looked about 15-years-old, thought you were a delegation from the White House. I don’t know what you told them.

    The panel didn’t make the audience any wiser, but their hearty laughter at the revelation spoke volumes.

    The exchange begins around the 1:14:00 mark.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

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