In response to reports of progress in normalization talks between Jerusalem and Riyadh, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman begged U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to not allow themselves to become Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “useful idiots.”
“You cannot have normalization with an Israeli government that is not normal. It will never be a stable U.S. ally or Saudi partner. And right now, Israel’s government is not normal,” wrote Friedman, whose attacks have assumed a tone of religious fervor.
He has become “Thomas the Accuser.”