Islamic Spring: New Poll Shows Egyptians Now Prefer Iran to US as Strategic Partner
Gee, who could have seen this coming?
Earlier this month outside the US Embassy in Cairo Egyptian Presidential Candidate Tawfiq Okasha called for the expulsion of US Ambassador Anne Patterson, the “enemy of humanity” who “bathes in a sea of the blood of others.”
The crowd loved it.
A new poll conducted in post-revolution Egypt found that Egyptians want to place the US with Iran in their country’s foreign policy.
Fars News reported:
A new survey conducted in post-revolution Egypt found that the Muslim nation has an increasingly deep trust and admiration for Iran and wants a replacement of the US with Iran in their country’s foreign policy.
An overwhelming majority of Egyptians support replacing US economic aid with funds from Iran or Turkey, according to new poll results, while a decreasing number of the subjects view the treaty with Israel as positive.
Eighty-two percent of the Egyptians questioned opposed US economic aid to Egypt – according to the figures released this weekend by the US-based Gallup polling organization – up from 71% in December 2011 and 52% last April.
The latest figures, released in 2010, show US assistance to Egypt at $1.7 billion – the fifth-highest foreign aid package after Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. Still, $1.3 billion of that sum is earmarked for military purposes, and Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has given no indication it intends to cut its portion of Washington’s package.
Egyptians’ attitudes toward US aid appear to have soured at the same time as American and European NGO employees faced charges of illegally accepting foreign funds and stirring unrest. The military council closed the NGOs in December, but a month ago dropped the charges against the six US workers and lifted the travel ban against them, a move which has angered people and parties from across the political spectrum.