With the headlines currently abuzz about popping balloons, it’s worth looking at what the Biden administration means when it talks about diplomacy. It was on display this week in Israel and the West Bank, and it was just as ugly, racist, and counter-productive as we’ve come to expect from Antony Blinken and the United States.
Blinken showed concern for Israel’s attacks on its own judiciary, which could make defending it harder for Washington. Then he turned around to the Palestinians and, in his best, most deceptive diplospeak, told them to sit down, shut up, and do as they’re told. This piece in Mondoweiss goes into detail about it.