West: U.S. Tanks in Egypt Would Threaten Israel

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Rep. Allen West has called on the House Armed Services Committee not to sell military equipment to the Egyptian government.

West cited the sale of M1A1 Abrams tanks, which could "seriously jeopardize the safety and security of the State of Israel," especially if the Muslim Brotherhood assumes power in the government.

"One of the greatest threats to Egyptian stability, as well as to regional stability, is the growing prospect of a new Egyptian government under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood," West wrote in a letter to Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon. Click here to read the letter in full.

"If given control of the country, the Muslim Brotherhood would nominate its own candidates and turn Egypt into a radical Islamic state," West said.

Wes still advocated that the U.S. "continue to stand with the Egyptian people and encourage them to build their own democracy."

But he warned that the U.S. government must "exercise caution with regard to military sales and support...until a government is formed absent of the radical elements of the Muslim Brotherhood that will maintain active peace with Israel."

"The last thing I want to see is Egyptian MIAI tanks rolling through the Sinai toward Jerusalem," West concluded.

The congressman served more than 20 years in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 2004, including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

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