I learned during the Blind Sheikh case many years ago that Egyptians are not always masters of subtlety in, quite effectively, getting their points across. If he did not know that already, Secretary of State John Kerry knows that now.
Israel is poised to deal a major defeat to Hamas, the terrorist organization that is the Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch. Consequently, as Caroline Glick explains (see my earlier post), neither Israel nor Egypt (which recently ousted the Muslim Brotherhood) is interested in the Obama administration’s effort to throw Hamas a life-preserver in the form of a ceasefire, and thus neither was interested in a visit from Kerry. Naturally, Obama sent Kerry anyway. Sharona Schwartz of the Blaze picks up the story from there:
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 raising 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.
“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.
Iran was positively gleeful in reporting the humiliation of America’s chief diplomat: “Many foreign officials grab every chance they get to extend courtesy to Washington’s top diplomats but it wasn’t the case this time.”
With Kerry stalled in Cairo, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki dove into denial, assuring everyone via Twitter that “.@JohnKerry and team are focused on working with Egyptians on a ceasefire, not on whether we went through security this afternoon.”
What a relief!