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Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage were forced to undergo a metal detector security screening as they arrived for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo Tuesday, a message Middle East watchers say is rife with significance, but which the State Department brushed aside.

Reuters reported that an Egyptian official briefly raised a handheld metal-detecting wand to Kerry’s jacket and then waved him into the meeting with el-Sissi at the presidential palace.

It is highly uncommon for a senior diplomat to be examined in such a way.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Kerry is hoping to get international support as he pushes for a Mideast cease-fire, but he acknowledges the differences between Israel and Hamas run very deep and must be addressed in any long-term solution. (AP Photo/Pool)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Pool)

“This was a not-so-subtle message delivered by the el-Sissi regime that the ties between the United States and Egypt have cooled considerably,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told TheBlaze on Wednesday.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki brushed off any concerns about the security screening, tweeting that Kerry was focused on the objective of his mission – securing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Jen Psaki          @statedeptspox

.@JohnKerry and team are focused on working with Egyptians on a ceasefire, not on whether we went through security this afternoon.

The Jewish-American news site the Algemeiner termed the incident “symbolic,” describing it in part as “humiliation in Egypt.”

The International Business Times observed that foreign governments “normally trust U.S. officials enough not to check them with such stringent security measures” and that when the courtesy is not extended, it could be “viewed a sign of distrust.”

Iran’s Press TV also noted: “Many foreign officials grab every chance they get to extend courtesy to Washington’s top diplomats but it wasn’t the case this time.”

Politico chalked it up to “a sign of the heightened security concerns.” Egypt has experienced years of bloodshed, political upheaval and terrorist attacks beginning with the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, the takeover of the Muslim Brotherhood, a coup against the Brotherhood and the election of el-Sissi.

U.S.-Egyptian relations have been strained, following a perception in Egypt that the Obama administration offered excessive support to the Muslim Brotherhood leadership under former President Mohammed Morsi and was too slow to recognize Morsi’s ouster.

Now, Cairo is upset with the Obama administration’s call for an immediate Israeli-Hamas ceasefire, which is more in line with a proposal tabled by its arch-rival Qatar, which funds Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt has offered its own cease-fire plan, which Israel agreed to last week.

According to Reuters, the footage also showed Kerry’s senior aides walking through a metal detector and being checked with a wand. Those State Department officials included deputy chief of staff Jonathan Finer, senior adviser David Thorne and Psaki.

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Ednarooni160
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

They just wanted to see if he had brass cojones...but I could have answered that for them..   It's a simple NO!!

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM
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An unusual screening process occurred involving Kerry and his State Department team as they were subjected to a metal detector before meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at the Egyptian presidential palace.

Reuters reports that Kerry and his aides were checked with a metal detector. Security personnel reportedly raised a handheld metal-detector wand to Kerry's suit jacket before waving him through.

Kerry's aides were also subjected to the handheld wand and were told to walk through a metal detector.

 

Egypt was able to purge their government of The Muslim Brotherhood.

They know that Obama and Kerry are MB -supporters - hence the security.

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM

 More likely they thought WTF are you hiding in that puffed out face.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

They just wanted to see if he had brass cojones...but I could have answered that for them..   It's a simple NO!!

 

Ednarooni160
by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM


Quoting Billiejeens:

 More likely they thought WTF are you hiding in that puffed out face.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

They just wanted to see if he had brass cojones...but I could have answered that for them..   It's a simple NO!!


LOL.. I almost said pickled instead of brass but thought better of it..

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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Quoting Ednarooni160:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

 More likely they thought WTF are you hiding in that puffed out face.

Quoting Ednarooni160:

They just wanted to see if he had brass cojones...but I could have answered that for them..   It's a simple NO!!

 

LOL.. I almost said pickled instead of brass but thought better of it..

 Eventually all that Botox has got to go somewhere..........................

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