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Op-Ed: America - Focus on Egypt, Not Israel!

The Middle East is ablaze. The last thing on the agenda should be Israel.
Published: Monday, July 08, 2013 11:28 PM


Maybe America should treat her friends better. This week, with chaos in the region¸ American Secretary Of State John Kerry is returning to Israel to facilitate (pressure) Israel. With the Middle East on fire, the US is pushing Israel and the Palestinian Arabs to negotiate.

While Israeli elections regularly see America helping the Labor Party or left-wing parties, the same cannot be said for Egypt. While the front page of the International Herald Tribune says the U.S. orchestrated the coup, President Obama this weekend claimed the U.S. is not aligned with and is not supporting any particular Egyptian political party or group.

The White House issued a statement which said "The United States categorically rejects the false claims propagated by some in Egypt that we are working with specific political parties or movements to dictate how Egypt's transition should proceed. We remain committed to the Egyptian people and their aspirations for democracy, economy opportunity and dignity. But the future path of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people."

America should remember these words when it comes to Israel and stop helping the left in every single election.

And maybe if they are so concerned with peace in the Middle East, they can help the new secular government in Egypt beat the Muslim Brotherhood. Doing so is likely to ensure quiet continues on the Sinai border, and also ensure that the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt remains intact.

Wouldn’t so-called peace talks be more urgent in Egypt, between the Egyptians? If America is so concerned with Mid-East peace, they can focus on resolving differences which exist in Syria where tens of thousands have been killed. Or even in Turkey where protestors are being suppressed.

Israel is the good guy in the region – and there cannot be any sane Israeli leader who can accept any concessions of any sort while there is instability throughout the region.

Maybe while Kerry is in Israel someone can show him a Middle East map which explains that peace among the Arabs must come before any outsiders can hope to ever get peace and quiet anywhere.

Ronn Torossian is CEO of 5WPR.