To Wipe the Spit Off His Face, Biden Had to Say It Was Only Rain

To Wipe the Spit Off His Face, Biden Had to Say It Was Only Rain

by
Abby Zimet

From Haaretz, a look at the PR debacle - and illuminating moment - that was Biden's visit to
Israel. The dance was delicate: Netanyahu apologized, not for another
illegal incursion into East Jerusalem but for announcing it while Biden
was there; Biden obligingly said thank goodness said incursion won't
happen for a few years, and went on his way; within hours, Netanyanhu closed
the West Bank, fearing protests. Most likely, the U.S. will continue to
turn a blind eye to Israeli excesses. Still, some argue
that the incident exposed in a newly raw way the need for Israel to
deal with its "settler-occupation demon" before it's too late.

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