The U.S. priority: “Egypt must honor Israel treaty”

[As President Obama spun his populist oratory in praise of Egypt’s democratic revolution, the White House at the same time did not miss a beat, asserting that the government in Cairo MUST continue to  support and defend Israel, and NOT to give support to the legitimate struggles of the Palestinian people for self-determination (against Israeli occupation, blockades, ethnic cleansing, and apartheid). While such orders may be standard fare with the now-ruling Egyptian officer corps, the masses who have forced Mubarak out may have different views, as the coming weeks and months will show. — Frontlines ed.]

By M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com reporter

Any new government of Egypt must be willing to maintain peace with Israel, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs says.

Briefing reporters after President Barack Obama’s televised address welcoming the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Gibbs said much work remained to be done.

“This is the beginning of this process, not the end of it,” he said. “The partnership that we have had with the people and government of Egypt for 30 years has brought stability.”

That means it’s “important that the next government of Egypt recognize the accords that have been signed with the government of Israel,” he said, referring to the 1979 treaty that Mubarak’s predecessor, Anwar Sadat, signed with  Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

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