Monday, September 24, 2012
Morsi: US must help build Palestinian state
Mohammed Morsi urged the United States to change its approach towards the Arab world and face up to its "responsibility" to help build a Palestinian state, in a rare interview given to the New York Times on the eve of his first trip to the US as Egypt's new president.
Egypt’s first democratically elected leader told the newspaper that it was up to Washington to repair relations with the Arab world and to revitalize the alliance with Egypt. To do so, the US it must respect the Arab world’s history and culture, even when that conflicts with Western values.
And if Washington is asking Egypt to honor its treaty with Israel, he said, Washington should live up to its own Camp David commitment to Palestinian self-rule; he argued that Americans "have a special responsibility" for the Palestinians because the US had signed the 1978 Camp David accord, an agreement that called for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza to make way for full Palestinian sovereignty.
"As long as peace and justice are not fulfilled for the Palestinians, then the treaty remains unfulfilled," the president said.