Many have pointed out that the peace process is an industry, a full employment program for Washington experts. Well, the latest beneficiaries are journalists. Reports are that the Obama administration’s penchant for hiring writers continues with the State Department hiring of Laura Blumenfeld to help chief peace processor Martin Indyk. She is a former Washington Post writer whose father is a rabbi and who wrote a book about his shooting in Jerusalem. Per Time:
Blumenfeld, who covered the Middle East, national security and presidential politics for the Post for more than a decade, has joined the staff of Ambassador Martin Indyk, head of Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process efforts. Blumenfeld most recently served as a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, where she worked on the Middle East and security issues.
Blumenfeld was a college student in 1986 when a Palestinian gunman shot her Rabbi father in the head in Jerusalem…
With her move, Blumenfeld becomes at least the 16th journalist to join the Obama administration, following shortly after Richard Stengel left his post as managing editor of Time Magazine to become the Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy
Blumenfeld– whose “job will be to coordinate all outreach – press, Hill, think tank, and people to people” — joins a staff that already includes two others with Jewish background, Indyk and Frank Lowenstein (whom she once profiled at the Post). Rick Stengel is a friend of mine, a charming guy with a strong record supporting South African freedom. That said, he doesn’t have much history on the conflict, unlike, say Nadia Hijab or Stephen Walt or Phyllis Bennis. And Max Blumenthal says that at Time he played footsie with Netanyahu.
Indyk has already published three books about the conflict. I imagine we can look forward to another. And surely Blumenfeld will one day narrate her efforts to bring the two sides together.