ADL Says If Egypt Does Not Return Its Ambassador to Israel in a Timely
Manner, America Should Reassess U.S. Aid to Egypt
New York, N.Y., November 22, 2000…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today
said if Egypt does not return its Ambassador to Israel in a timely manner, the
U.S. should reassess its assistance relationship with Egypt.
Abraham H. Foxman ADL National Director issued the following statement:
We are deeply disappointed by Egypt’s recalling its Ambassador to Israel
and very concerned about what this move portends for Egypt’s future role in
the peace process and the region.
Egypt, under the courageous leadership of President Anwar Sadat, changed
the course of Middle East history by becoming the first Arab nation to seek
peace by resolving differences through diplomacy. Although this relationship
has been characterized by an atmosphere of "cold peace," Egypt has
also been a voice of moderation during critical diplomatic junctures in the
region. This decision exacerbates rather than ameliorates tensions in the
region, and raises serious questions about whether Egypt intends to play a
constructive role in peacemaking efforts.
We call on Egypt to restore its Ambassador and, with him, the line of
communication and engagement which allows governments to bridge differences in
a productive manner. With each passing day this diplomatic step backward does
further harm to an already tenuous situation.
If Egypt does not return its Ambassador in a timely manner, the U.S. should
reassess its assistance relationship with Egypt -- which was predicated on
Egypt’s continuing commitment to diplomacy as a mode of engagement and to
the spirit of the Camp David Accords.
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