Israel war: Antony Blinken’s doormat diplomacy is embarrassing
- October 17, 2023
Zachary Faria, Washington Examiner
It would not be an international crisis under the Biden administration without Secretary of State Antony Blinken reminding the entire world that everyone can treat the United States like a doormat so long as he is around.
The Hamas terrorist attack against Israel that led to the slaughter of more than 1,200 civilians has led squeamish liberals to hem and haw about how Israel shouldn’t get too tough on Gaza while fighting the terrorist organization that wants to kill Jews. Blinken almost immediately called for a ceasefire, effectively saying that Israel should take the massacre of 1,200 civilians on the chin and not respond at all.
That has given way now to cries for aid to Gaza in the face of Israel’s justified response. Blinken announced that the U.S. and Israel made an agreement to help get aid to Gaza. The problem with that, though, is that aid to Gaza is confiscated and exploited by Hamas. Even Blinken’s State Department acknowledged when it freed up $360 million in aid in 2021 that there was “a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit.”
So what is Blinken going to do if Hamas diverts this new aid away from Gaza residents as it is wont to do? Here is what Blinken said: “If Hamas in any way blocks humanitarian assistance from reaching civilians, including by seizing the aid itself, we’ll be the first to condemn it. And we will work to prevent it from happening again.”