Lawmakers urge Egypt to crack down on Gaza arms smuggling
Senators appeal to President Morsi
- Duration 2:58
- Date Dec 12, 2012
Senators appeal to President Morsi
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But the -- everyone has violence rages in Egypt there's a brand new push a bipartisan push.
On Capitol Hill urging president -- -- -- to crack down -- arms smuggling.
From Egypt into the Gaza Strip joining me now senator Johnny Isaacson a Republican from Georgia.
The member of the foreign relations committee and senator NIC NIC you to -- this letter that you -- along with your colleague senator Wyden.
As well a Democrat and you're asking president -- -- to be tough on these smugglers have you received any response so far.
Not shed but I hope they'll pay close attention because that Philadelphia corner there goes through Egypt into the Gaza is the main smuggling route for the rockets missiles to -- it would -- his gun possession of Hamas -- and and the Palestinians.
We don't need them to -- we don't need Israel to go to war.
We need to make sure that -- secure.
Just be clear there's a lot of different pathways through that corridor when being sent to jets from Iran -- -- and -- -- the corridor.
Into -- were talking that very powerful weapons.
If they don't do this if they don't crack down on smuggling then why.
Well we got a serious problem first -- -- it'll be a breach of the -- commitments in the Camp David -- number 12 will raise the threat to depict people of Israel.
Third it would make an unstable Middle East even that more unstable so it's gonna first albeit big diplomatic challenge for secretary of state Clinton and for the present.
But most importantly we have to make sure that -- gets secured so the or wet.
Your wat is I'm -- in concert with the -- -- in concert with Israel rather we'll come up with a good or what we don't need to have a -- -- -- a threat.
We need to know we know only decide made my day but we need to do is say live up to your commitment and keep the corner secure.
Let's have a little bit about -- -- more broadly with the entire region.
Yet -- -- -- domestic issues you're chatting a little bit about some of the F fiscal cliff issues overall watching so closely.
How do you prioritize here -- how -- Egypt figure and and this letter for example to some of that -- the other challenges -- we're facing as a country.
Well Egypt is -- is an international challenge for us in a foreign relations channel for -- challenge for us in Egypt has been prior to the revolution.
One more stabilizing forces in the Middle East there's a huge election that started today in the embassies around the world for -- -- culminate.
Beginning this Saturday when they start their vote on the new constitution.
And there's a lot of concern about that constitutional lot of concern about the power against president -- that's going to be a major issue for us united -- We'll smuggle weapons will return must first say that because of our -- to protect and defend Israel if they attacked Israel they're attacking -- -- honestly -- we -- -- to -- threat right now.
What we need is diplomacy to work -- we present more seem to realize he got a mandate may be but not a mandate to return to Sharia law and bad.
Actions and we you know right now we're we'll see where that government whether or not that's a government as well in transition and what happens this president marks his -- -- assets are going to be huge great to have you -- look for having -- back.
And we'll be right back with more happening now.