The United States has "a special responsibility" to the Palestinians rooted in Washington's signing of the 1978 peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy told The New York Times on Saturday.
"As long as peace and justice are not fulfilled for the Palestinians," Morsy told the Times, "then the treaty (Camp David) remains unfulfilled." Washington must live up to its Camp David commitment to Palestinian autonomy, he said on the eve of his first visit to the United States as Egypt's president..
The Camp David Accords, which established peace between Israel and Egypt, also foresaw a withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza Strip and eventual autonomy for the Palestinians.
The Egyptian president also framed the United States' support for Israel over the Palestinians, along with its support of Arab dictators, as "essentially purchas[ing] with American taxpayer money the dislike, if not the hatred, of the peoples of the region."
Along with addressing other issues, Washington should help establish a Palestinian state in order to overcome anger directed towards it in the Arab world, the Egyptian president said.
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