Egypt/Israel Peace Treaty Should NOT Be a Model for Future Agreements

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the US House of Representatives, March 31, 2009

Mr. Speaker:
I rise in reluctant opposition to this resolution. I do so not because
I oppose our recognizing peace as preferable to, and more productive
than, war. On the contrary, too seldom do we celebrate and encourage
the end of violence and warfare on this Floor so I welcome any such
endorsement of peace in international relations. However, I cannot
agree with the final “resolved” clause of this resolution,
which states that:

the House of Representatives calls for recognition of the peace
treaty between Egypt and Israel as a model mechanism upon which
partner nations may build to overcome longstanding barriers to
peace and effective mutual cooperation.”

What the resolution
fails to mention, and the reason we should not endorse the treaty
as a model, is that at the time the peace was being negotiated at
Camp David the United States committed itself to an enormous financial
aid package to both Egypt and Israel in exchange for their accession
to the treaty. Over the past thirty years, the United States taxpayer
has transferred to — some might say u201Cbribedu201D — Israel and Egypt
well over 100 billion dollars as a payoff for their leaders’ signature
on the treaty. Particularly in this time of economic hardship, where
so many Americans are out of work and facing great financial challenges,
I hardly believe we should be celebrating that which increases the
strain on taxpayers. I believe we should cease all foreign aid to
all countries, as it is a counterproductive and unconstitutional
transfer of wealth from US taxpayers to governments overseas.

I do believe
we should, where possible and without meddling, encourage nations
and regions at war or in conflict to work toward peace. But I also
believe we should lead by example: that we should demonstrate by
our actions the benefits of friendly relations and trade with all
nations which seek the same. I strongly oppose the idea that we
should bribe the rest of the world to do what we demand. Therefore,
while I celebrate the achievement of peace between Egypt and Israel,
I do not believe this “model” to be productive or in the
best interests of the United States. I urge my colleagues to reject
this resolution.

the Ron Paul File

2, 2009

Dr. Ron
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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