Secretary of State John Kerry was given the equivalent of a diplomatic slap in the face by Egypt, on his way to Israel to negotiate a ceasefire between that country and Hamas. Diplomacy is a funny thing; actions that may go unnoticed by the layperson are intended as very strong messages among diplomats.
Kerry and his entourage were on the receiving end of such a message by Egypt’s President upon landing in Egypt:
Kerry flew to Tel Aviv from Cairo, where he met Tuesday with Egypt’s president and other high-level officials.
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.
Relations between Egypt and the Obama administration are more than strained. Kerry represents a State Department that has been infiltrated by the same Muslim Brotherhood El-Sisi has been fighting since Mohammed Mursi was overthrown last year.
When it comes to the State Department’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, Kerry’s trip to Israel to negotiate a ceasefire has the benefit of helping Hamas, Gaza’s military wing of the Brotherhood.
Again, this was clearly a message sent by el-Sisi that Egypt is well aware of the Obama administration’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood.