Members of Congress ask Obama to send F-16s to Egypt

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
February 3, 2013 01:25

 
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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.

“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.

Ros-Lehtinen continued, “Even more disconcerting are Morsi’s views toward our closest friend and ally, the democratic Jewish State of Israel.”

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