Apologies to readers wondering why we have been running fewer posts this week. My schedule in the Middle East has been packed, with teaching and meetings on both sides of the 1948 armistice lines. I’ve been dividing my time between Jerusalem, Ramallah and Tel Aviv, and everywhere I go I find people are transfixed by the changes sweeping the region, concerned about the likely consequences of revolution in Syria, and frustrated and confused by America’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian issue.Having spent some time with US diplomats who deal both with Israelis and Palestinians, I am as usual impressed by their competence and diligence. Few Americans ever see, much less fully appreciate, the work that our foreign service does. The contacts they develop, the reporting they produce, and the work they do trying to support US policy — often at considerable personal risk — makes me proud of my country. I’ve visited US diplomats at dozens of embassies and consulates around the world; the best of our diplomats are superb, and we are on the whole extremely well served.
Slow Posting, Hat Tip To US Foreign Service Officers
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