- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I have concerns about whether the Obama administration is making sure that any new Egyptian government maintains its already-existing peace treaty with Israel as well as ensuring that weapons aren’t smuggled into Gaza via its Egyptian border.

If the administration really supports democracy in the Middle East, it needs to show firm support for Israel as an example to emulate, encourage America’s Palestinian and Arab allies to stop teaching their citizens to hate Jews and Israel, and make it clear it will veto any effort to bypass Israel and unilaterally declare a Palestinian state in the United Nations. To achieve this, America must refocus its efforts to work with our allies on expanding and enforcing sanctions against Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world.

Finally, both our legislative and executive branches need to find new ways of reducing dependency on foreign oil so we are not beholden to unstable regimes in the Middle East and elsewhere who, in many cases, are directly at odds with our way of life. Some of those answers are right in front of us if we would only choose to utilize them.

MIKE RABKIN


Rockville, Md.