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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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