Stepson of a survivor of Holocaust, the one who is called to be the next US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, after being elected by the president-elect Joe Biden, is a convinced internationalist and Europeanist who advocates interventionism and adores France, a country with which he has close personal ties.
His childhood friend, Rob Malley, president of the International Crisis Group, who was to school con Blinken in France, describes it, according to media, as “an American in Paris, with a sense of what it means to be an American with American culture and values, at a time when there was a lot of anti-Americanism around, but he also saw what it was like to be a Frenchman in America. “
It is diplomat of58 years old, born in New York, he moved to the French capital as a child when his parents divorced and his mother, Judith, married the lawyer Samuel Pisar, a Holocaust survivor.
Heir to the holocaust
In fact, in his presentation on Tuesday, Blinken recalled his stepfather, “who was one of 900 children at the school in Bialystok, Poland, but the only one who survived the Holocaust after four years in concentration camps.”
“At the end of the war escaped from a death march through the forests of Bavaria (Germany). From his hiding place he heard a deep crash, it was a tank, but instead of an Iron Cross (of the German troops) he saw painted on one side a white five pointed star“He narrated in an emotional speech.” He ran to the tank, “he continued,” the lid was opened and an African-American American soldier looked down and (his stepfather) knelt down. And he said the only three words he knew in English that his mother had taught him before the war ‘God bless America’ (God bless America). And this is what we are. ”
He warns the Palestinians that they must recognize the Israeli state as Jewish and called on them to end the “incitement”
Heir to this family legacy, Blinken is a seamless defender of Israel and human rights against the practices of governments such as Saudi Arabia or Egypt.
In an intervention before the group Democratic Majority for Israel, he argued last May that the two-state solution was “the only way to defend the future of Israel as a democratic and Jewish stateAnd despite rejecting the unilateral annexation of territory by Israel, he warned the palestinians that they should recognize the Israeli state as Jewish and asked them end “incitement”.
It is graduated from Harvard University and Columbia Law School began his diplomatic career during the Administration of Bill Clinton (1993-2001) and more recently he has served as Undersecretary of State and Vice Advisor for National Security in the Government of Barack Obama (2009-2017) before moving to the private sector. He was currently one of the founding partners of the consulting firm WestExec Advisors.
Diplomat Jim Steinberg, who was also an undersecretary of state under the Obama administration and who has worked with Blinken for decades, described it as the person with “the necessary experience and knowledge” for work, in statements to public radio station NPR. “Have the temperament. Is a great companion and works well with others, and most important of all, trust the president of the United States, “Steinberg said.
Long career with Clinton, Obama and Biden
Blinken has also worked closely with Obama’s former Senator and Vice President Biden for nearly twenty years as his Senior Assistant to the Upper House Foreign Relations Committee and national security advisor to his Vice Presidency.
The newspaper The New York Times stressed that, as an advisor to Biden in the Vice Presidency, Blinken helped develop the American response during the call Arab Spring, with mixed results in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
His selection as future Secretary of State, if finally confirmed by the Senate, reflects a return to traditional foreign policy, who will advocate for lifelong partnerships. In fact, The New York Times indicated that among his priorities It will be to restore confidence in the United States, as a global ally willing to return to international treaties and institutions from which Trump has withdrawn, such as the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Paris Climate Agreement or the World Health Organization (WHO).
Likewise, this centrist believes in hosting refugees in the US, and said a few months ago that if Biden came to power, he would seek to increase aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to address the root causes of illegal immigration to the north.
He wants to return to international treaties and institutions from which Trump has withdrawn, such as the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Paris Climate Agreement or the World Health Organization (WHO)
Europe as a great ally
Regarding Europe, Blinken believes that the US should recognize the old continent as an ally “to which to turn as first resortNot like the last one, when it comes to facing challenges, “he told a July conference at the Hudson Institute think tank.
The diplomat will also look for a way to change the dynamics in the competition with China without abandoning that struggle, by promoting multilateral initiatives on trade, investment in technology and human rights instead of pressuring nations to choose between the two countries, according to The New York Times.
Beyond his diplomatic career, Bliken He plays the guitar in his spare time and is a rock lover. He has a band called Ablinken with two original songs on Spotify: ‘Lip Service’ and ‘Patience’.