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October 10, 2013 2:33 pm

Israel Hopes U.S. Aid Freeze to Egypt Won’t Imperil Peace Deal

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JNS.orgThe U.S. on Wednesday decided to halt the transfer of $260 million in military aid to Egypt, citing democracy and human rights concerns. America will also withhold the delivery of tank parts, helicopters, anti-ship missiles, and the F-16 fighter aircraft.

“As a result of the review directed by President Obama, we have decided to maintain our relationship with the Egyptian government, while recalibrating our assistance to Egypt to best advance our interests,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

On Thursday, Israeli Homefront Defense Minister Gilad Erdan said he hopes the aid cut won’t impact the 1979 Egypt-Israel peace deal.

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“I hope this decision by the United States will not have an effect and won’t be interpreted as something that should have an effect,” Erdan said, according to Israel Hayom.

A high-ranking Israeli official told The Wall Street Journal that the aid cut “can have dismal consequences,” and called the decision “a sign to the whole Middle East that America is stepping back and is not interested anymore.”

“It’s going to affect America’s position from Morocco to Saudi Arabia,” the official said.

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