It is not only Binyamin Netanyahu who is due for a ‘come to Jesus’ moment.




Fig. 1. The ruins of a terminal at the Gaza airport. Image by Said Khatib (Agence France-Presse) on September 9, 2018, via the Times of Israel,[1] fair use.

I missed or overlooked an article in New York magazine about Joe Biden’s approach to Israel, Binyamin Netanyahu, and Gaza when it first came out. In it, it becomes clear that Biden’s revised approach is to distinguish between Netanyahu and Israel, recognizing that Netanyahu is acting to save his own political skin and against Israel’s interests. The sanctions that have already been announced could in fact be applied more broadly, including to hardline members of Netanyahu’s coalition.[2] This, of course, has not yet happened, and sanctions are rarely, if ever, effective, so we can’t really count this as action. But:

This week, [Chris] Van Hollen and seven of his colleagues sent a letter to the president arguing that Israel was in violation of the Foreign Assistance Act, a section of which prohibits the sale and transfer of military weapons to any nation that restricts the delivery of US aid.

Their call comes as the administration faces mounting domestic and international pressure over what critics have described as an “absurd” and “inherent contradiction” at the heart of US policy on Israel’s war against Hamas: while the US attempts to ease the deepening humanitarian crisis caused by Israel’s military campaign in the Palestinian territory, it continues to arm the country.[3]

Biden and his administration are surely aware of this contradiction and that Israel is in violation of U.S. law. The contents of the letter cannot possibly have been a surprise.

But what we’re seeing is that Biden is seriously out of step with what the entire world is saying, seriously out of step with what many of his own people are saying. And this is a man expecting to be re-elected. This is a picture that doesn’t make sense and it is not only Binyamin Netanyahu who is due for a “come to Jesus” moment.

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So-called ‘ridesharing’


Fig. 1. Yeah, this is me. The sign says, “If you’re whining about a labor shortage, STOP ignoring my job applications!” And the QR-code leads here. Photograph by author, January 16, 2023.

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Donald Trump
Coup attempt


Fig. 1. Cartoon by Ben Jennings, January 24, 2024, via the Guardian,[4] fair use.

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  1. [1]Agence France-Presse and Times of Israel, “20 years after its opening, destroyed Gaza airport embodies grounded peace hopes,” Times of Israel, September 12, 2018,
  2. [2]Noga Tarnopolsky, “The Biden Plan to Ditch Netanyahu,” New York, March 9, 2024,
  3. [3]Lauren Gambino, “Top senator calls on Biden to ‘use all levers’ to pressure Israel over Gaza,” Guardian, March 16, 2024,
  4. [4]Ben Jennings, “Ben Jennings on Donald Trump’s progress along the Republican nomination trail – cartoon,” Guardian, January 24, 2024,

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