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If Biden is cutting aid to Egypt over human rights violations, why doesn't he cut aid to Israel?

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21.09.2021

Following complaints from prominent rights groups, US State Department spokesman Ned Price announced last Tuesday that the Biden administration is expected to withhold $130 million in military aid to Egypt over human rights concerns. President Joe Biden is thus departing from the policy of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who ignored congressional checks on military aid to Egypt, whose ties with the US improved when it mediated a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian resistance groups in May. However, Biden has made it clear that he intends to put pressure on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi over his regime's human rights violations.

"We will bring our values with us into every relationship that we have across the globe," the State Department pledged in March. "That includes with our close security partners. That includes Egypt. We take seriously all allegations of arbitrary arrest or detention."

This was not enough to deter Al-Sisi, whose prisons hold tens of thousands of political prisoners, Islamists and secularists alike. Nor was the pledge enough to prove that the US is really committed to human rights, but it is better than nothing. We are surely entitled to ask, though, why the US is taking such a measure against Egypt but will never dare to cut aid to Israel for the same reason. The occupation state has a long and brutal record of human rights violations committed on a daily basis.

READ: US waiving restrictions on military aid to Egypt puts it at risk of complicity in rights abuses

Successive US administrations have given full support to Israel in order to maintain it as the strongest state in the Middle East. Washington also makes sure that Israel is protected from any attempt to make it accountable for its actions. Israel can, literally, get away with murder and act with impunity. It's clear for all to see. So........

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