Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Egypt today, talking to President Obama's Muslim Brotherhood friends. Aside from promising to open America's checkbook to the Islamists, there was also this fascinating exchange:
In her earlier remarks, Secretary said this:
More than three decades ago, Egypt and Israel signed a treaty that has allowed a generation to grow up without knowing war. And on this foundation, we will work together to build a just, comprehensive, regional peace in the Middle East based on two states for two people with peace, security, and dignity for all.
We believe America’s shared strategic interest with Egypt far outnumber our differences.
Here's her response to a question by an Egyptian reporter on th ePalestinian Authority's 'reconciliation' withthe genocidal Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood's arm that rules Gaza and on the the treaty between Egypt and Israel, with an interesting addendum by no less than Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood foreign minister, Amr:
QUESTION: (Via interpreter.) It’s two questions. And first one concerns have – has the U.S. or yourself taken any steps to bring President Morsi and Netanyahu together, especially that some people raise the possibility of amending some of the provisions of the peace treaty? And the second question concerns the U.S. position vis-a-vis the Palestinian reconciliation efforts. And there’s an understanding that the U.S. is opposed to that and also opposed to the Palestinians turning to the United Nations. So the question is if you were in President – in the Palestinian President’s shoes, what exactly would you do with regard to this issue?
SECRETARY CLINTON: Obviously, we think it’s important for all the nations in the region to try to maintain peace and stability, especially with so many economic challenges facing the region. And we certainly support the continuation of the peace agreement, because we think, as I said, it has brought great benefits to Egypt and will continue to do so, enabling the President to focus on the economic conditions and the internal political situation here in the country.
And as to your second question, I’m in very close communication with President Abbas. I met with him last Friday in Paris. Our goal is to help bring about the two-state solution. And we know that it can only happen if there is a negotiation between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and that can only happen if all Palestinians are committed to seeking a political resolution and renouncing violence.
So reconciliation is up to the Palestinians, and I commend the Egyptian Government for all the work that Egypt has done. But at the end of the day, the factions of the Palestinians themselves have to determine whether they are committed to a negotiation that will result in a state which they deserve and which the Palestinian people have every reason to expect, or whether there will be diversions and other actions that do not promote that. And I personally believe, having watched this closely now for more than 20 years, that it’s imperative there be a negotiated resolution. And I will continue to do everything I can to bring that about.FOREIGN MINISTER AMR: (Via interpreter.) I would like to add something about the peace treaty. Mr. President has repeatedly reaffirmed, and on all occasions, that Egypt continues to respect all treaties signed as long as the other party to the treaty respects the treaty itself. And today, he once again reiterated this issue and also reiterated that Egypt’s understanding of peace is that it should be comprehensive, exactly as stipulated in the treaty itself. And this also includes the Palestinians, of course, and its right to – their right have their own state on the land that was – the pre June 4th, 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital.
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Read between the lines. Secretary Clinton is telling the Islamists that America supports the union of the PA and Hamas as long as they make the appropriate noises and put on a suitable front - and she's saying this when Israel is still under attack from Gaza.
And when Egyptian foreign minister Amr adds linkage between the Camp David Accords and the total fulfillment of all Palestinian demands, something that was not even mentioned in the original treaty, she doesn't even make a pretense of challenging it.
Egypt's new Islamist rulers are using this on almost a daily basis as a stock line, because they fully intend to break the treaty and need the Palestinians as an excuse to do so.
If Egypt adhering to the treaty was as important as she claimed it was in her speech, you would expect a response. But she says nothing.Because when it comes down to it, the no question that the Obama Administration would fully support Egypt breaking their treaty with Israel on that basis.
Mrs. Clinton doesn't voice those sentiments simply because it's an election year. Here's the proof of her real feelings about the matter and America's Jews, from a video of her speaking to Tunisian Islamists taken when she was a bit more off guard: