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August 4, 2015 2:11 pm

Egyptian Diplomats Say Israel ‘Crucial’ in Currying US Favor for Sisi Regime

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Photo: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office via Wikimedia Commons.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Photo: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office via Wikimedia Commons.

Egyptian diplomats told the country’s Al Ahram newspaper that Israel was crucial in winning U.S. support for the new regime in Cairo, which was created following the military’s 2013 ouster of the country’s democratically elected president from the Muslim Brotherhood.

The U.S. had been critical of the government of President Abdel Fatah el-Sisi over its violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters, withholding fighter jets, helicopters, and military aid.

Israel was supportive of Egypt’s military leaders taking the reins from the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement categorically hostile to Israel and Jews that spawned the Gaza-ruling Hamas.

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And Israel’s support was “‘crucial’ and ‘huge’ in converting the position of the White House from one of being clearly unfavorable towards the new regime in Cairo, to being a lot more engaging,” according to the Egyptian diplomats.

Their comments came as Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cairo over the weekend for the first comprehensive strategic dialogue between the U.S. and Egypt since 2009. The U.S. resumed military aid to Egypt earlier this year.

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  • Well Somebody had to knock some sense into the Whitehouse. It was not easy but Israel finally convinced OBAMA that the Muslim Brotherhood was and is dangerous to the world.

  • Stormin”Norm

    Hopefully the Israeli/Egypt alliance will prove useful on the ground as well as from politicians mouths!!! I would like to see the Jews & Israeli’s visiting Egypt again.

    • Edna

      And vice versa…..friendly Egyptians visiting Israel with a heart warming welcome

  • Reform School

    The Muslim Brotherhood IS the Obama regime!

  • Valery

    Al-Sisi – military dictator, he changed the oath, in essence, state criminal – and that’s it.

  • a willikers

    The 3 stooges Obama/Clinton/Kerry were pursuing the most #obviousfail policy supporting Morsi and then doubling down on the stupid policy. el-Sisi was such a clear solution only morons could miss it. It will be an interesting story as to how Israel could communicate through the thick idiocy in the WH.

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