Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. The suicide bombing attack at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Thursday disrupted the planned highlight of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s visit in Washington.
Since assuming office in rather unlikely circumstances two and a half months ago, Bennett has been longing for a photo op with U.S. President Joe Biden at the White House. The declarative aspect of the meeting was no less important than the topics on the agenda. But then came the latest bad news from the Afghan crisis, seriously narrowing Bennett’s opportunity to make any political gains from that meeting. Political leaders, much like generals, need a bit of luck sometimes – and the prime minister had none on Thursday night.