Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

JWV CONDEMNS US-EGYPTIAN ARMS PROPOSAL

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) is totally opposed to the current proposal to provide Egypt with, as reported in the Washington Post, "highly accurate surface-to-surface missiles and four patrol boats from which to fire them." Congress was notified of the $400 million arms deal, which is part of the US military aid to Egypt, at the beginning of November. JWV National Commander Bernard Becker condemned the proposal as a critical blunder. "This sale would provide Egypt with a state of the art missile system that is reportedly accurate with 30 feet when aimed at a target," Mr. Becker noted. "Every day in the Egyptian press, America, Israel and Jews are demonized and accused of every awful thing imaginable. Now the Administration wants to give them, free of actual cost payments, these missiles and boats, which could be used against any Israeli city near the Mediterranean? Why should we reward Egypt, a country which has been as close to neutral as you can get about the war on terrorism, and punish Israel, our staunchest ally in the war against terrorism? Egypt has openly rejected all requests to help create a coalition to defeat Mid-East terrorism under the fantasy that 'it doesn't play well at home.'" Mr. Becker pointed out that the deal would also threaten Israel's qualitative military edge over its much larger neighbor, Egypt. A small country like Israel can only survive if its military is greatly superior to the military forces of its neighbors. This sale would erode that advantage, and for what reason? Egypt is hardly in danger of attack from Israel! If the Bush administration really wants Israel to take a chance for peace in the region, they ought to drop this proposal in a deep hole now and cover it up."

The Jewish War Veterans of the USA works to combat anti-Semitism and bigotry. JWV supports American youth through scouting, scholarships and anti-drug programs. The organization supports strong U.S.-Israeli relations by sponsoring two Allied Veterans' Missions to Israel each year

 

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