Nashaat Eldeehy, TV host on the Egyptian Tahrir TV channel, called upon his compatriots to work an extra hour a day following recent cuts in American aid to Egypt. "This will offset the American aid several times over," he said. "The U.S. embassy has to know that all the Egyptian people are saying: To hell with the American aid! We shall work an extra hour!" His address aired on his show on August 23.
Nashaat Eldeehy: "The Egyptian people must stop making decisions on the basis of emotional and romantic criteria. There is no place for political romanticism or emotionalism. The only things that matter are interests and power. Are we a powerful people? Are we a powerful country? If the people are strong, the country will be strong, and not the other way around. We must work, we must go into action, we must awaken. As I've said, if each and every one of us worked one more hour a day... I call upon the Egyptian people... I call upon every worker, every employee: Let's work one extra hour a day, starting tomorrow. Just one hour more. This will offset American aid several times over.
"The U.S. embassy has to know that the Egyptian people are angry at the U.S. administration. The U.S. embassy has to know that the Egyptian people have had enough with the continuous American hypocrisy toward the Egyptian cause. The U.S. embassy has to know that all the Egyptian people are saying: 'To hell with American aid! We shall work an extra hour!' We do not want the American aid. Every Egyptian will donate one dollar, so we can do without the American aid."