WASHINGTON – Members of Congress are asking the Obama administration to
reconsider sending F-16s to Egypt due to popular protests against the government
and its use of anti-Semitic language.
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“Recent violent outbreaks and the
volatile situation in Egypt should give the US reason to pause when considering
continuing to provide foreign assistance to the government of Egypt,” said
Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking member of the House Foreign
Affairs Committee’s Middle East subcommittee, in announcing she was signing onto
the letter sponsored by Republican Rep. Tim Griffin to US President
Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry. The letter requests that the
administration delay the delivery of F-16 planes.
“Even more disconcerting are Morsi’s views toward our closest friend and ally,
the democratic Jewish State of Israel.”