U.S.-Israel-Egypt Trilateral Relationship: Shoring Up the Foundation of Regional Peace, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, May 21, 2008   [open pdf - 220KB]

From the opening statement of Gary L. Ackerman: "About 30 years ago when the United States was not in the business of smashing things up and leaving it for others to clean up our messes, we helped bring Egypt and Israel together to make peace. It was a different time in America's relationship with the Middle East. It was still a mostly unwritten story, one whose theme was focused on the Cold War. […] When we in the United States complain about human, civil and political rights in Egypt, we are not fabricating grievances in order to accrue bargaining leverage. When the United States or Egypt calls for the end to Israeli settlement growth and the removal of unauthorized outposts, no one should write this position off as mere boilerplate. Likewise, American and Israeli concerns about the smuggling of arms into Gaza cannot be dismissed as a problem for others to deal with, and when Israeli leaders expressed interest in negotiations with Syria, their most serious political impediment should not be the President of the United States. Over time it is easy for us as human beings to take each other for granted, and the same can be said about relationships between nations. But in the Middle East today, the risk is too great to allow this pattern to persist in the trilateral relationship. The security of all three nations depends on our remembering what made peace so important 30 years ago. Failing to do so and falling into the trap of seeing only the outrage of the day and the issue of the moment will leave us like [...] boats against the current borne back ceaselessly into the past." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel C. Kurtzer, David Makovsky, and Gary L. Ackerman.

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