An American sledgehammer in Jerusalem

Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman poses for a portrait in Jerusalem, November 10, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Friedman’s overarching theme, though not presented as such, is to narrate the accelerated expulsion, dispossession, and violent repression of Palestinians as an extended moment of American, Israeli, and Jewish self-actualization. And in that, “Sledgehammer” — both by omission and inclusion — says as much about the administration Friedman officially represented, and its still-unfolding legacy, as it does about the man himself

Friedman’s hyperbolic recounting of his exploits in biblical terms take on their true significance: yes, the egotism and disconnection from reality they display are ripe for ridicule, but their absurdity does not diminish the callousness and violence inherent in casting racist repression as mythos..

Source: An American sledgehammer in Jerusalem

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