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Report: U.S. Warns Israel it Would Lose Peace Treaties with Egypt, Jordan in Event of Iran Strike

September 20, 2012 9:59 am 5 comments

Anwar Sadat, Jimmy Carter, and Menachem Begin at the Camp David Accords Signing Ceremony. Photo: wiki commons.

A message relayed from Washington to Jerusalem warns that if Israel decides to unilaterally strike Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, Jordan and Egypt will most likely nullify their peace treaties with Israel, according to a report in the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

“These days, Arab leaders don’t rule their people. Rather, the street rules its leaders,”an unnamed Israeli official told the Hebrew daily. “An Israeli strike is exactly what the Iranians need – the entire Arab and Muslim street will go out to demonstrate.”

Jordan and Egypt are the only two nations in the Middle East that share peace agreements with Israel, and the 33 year agreement between Egypt and the Jewish state is considered by many to be a linchpin of regional stability.

The Israeli official who spoke with Yedioth likened the recent reaction in parts of the Muslim world to the anti-Mohammad film that many claim sparked deadly attacks in Afghanistan, Libya, and Egypt, to the response that would follow an Israeli strike on Iran.

“What we’ve been seeing with the anti-Muhammad film is nothing but a preview for what’s going to happen if Israel attacks,” the official said.

5 Comments

  • Israel has many Powerful Allies like America, The UK and China….. Yes China.
    Egypt does not consist of ” the street or fricken Loser Morsi insurgents”
    Egypt is a Militarily Stable force who shares a common enemy with Israel…. Hamas.
    It’s not a matter of if but when The Israelis and The Egyptian Military squeeze Hamas like a pimple on a Hashashims back-side. It’s the time of the Black Flags and The Old Man in The mountain will be chastised.
    Benjamin Netanyahu is and always has been right, ” Irans (sub-leader) is a Wolf in Sheepskin clothing.
    My bet is that this Years Chanukah will be a great time to strike and it truly will be “A Festival of Lights”

  • I don’t really think that Israel cares about a peace treaty with Egypt or Jordan when the alternative is a nuclear Iran. Those treaties are for Egypt’s and Jordan’s safety not Israel’s.

  • What a joke. When Israel bombed the reactor in Syria — a predominantly Arab country — there were no demonstrations. But if Israel bombs nuclear sites in Iran — a country despised by many Arabs — suddenly there will be many demonstrations?

    This whole argument obfuscates the point that the only reason the peace treaties w/Egypt and Jordan have held up to the extent that they have has nothing to do with those countries’ perceptions of Israel and everything to do with the impact of anulling the treaties on those countries’ relations with the US.

  • Does this mean Israel gets the Sinai (and its oil) back?

  • Jake in Jerusalem

    Yes, that’s a really good way to set policy. Worry about threats of violence from the barbarians. This is like saying that if the US attacks the Taliban, then the Muslims won’t like American anymore. Guess what – they never did like the USA!

    The peace treaties Israel has with Egypt and Jordan have certainly saved many lives on all sides, but haven’t been real peace arrangements, as in real countries. Changes in the Arab world are making these peace treaties even less meaningful. They are going to unravel anyways. What’s better: Arabs hating Israel with a nuclear Iran behind them or Arabs hating Israel with a defanged Iran? Hmmm, tricky…

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