Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
20 May 2021
8:27 am

Israel is true test for Biden

Brian Sokutu

The conflict has put to the test Biden’s foreign policy direction. There’s no room for doublespeak.

US President Joe Biden. Picture: Nicholas Kamm/AFP

An Asian diplomat once said something that raised my eyebrows –preferring Donald Trump to current US President Joe Biden. Upon delving into his thinking, the envoy came up with a simple rationale: he likened Trump to an Afrikaner – telling you straight in your face – while Biden blew hot and cold. “You can’t predict which way he is going,” he explained. Like Jacob Zuma, whose presidency plunged South Africa into a crisis, Americans could not wait to see the back of Trump – as seen in last year’s US presidential poll results. Among their many common traits during their...