If the conference surprised many, the reaction to it did not—arrest warrants, death threats and wanted posters targeting participants. Still, it brought together more than 300 Iraqis interested in forging ties with Israel.

Blinken needs to go out and talk to ordinary Palestinians. There, he will get a good grasp of the profound anti-Israel sentiments and deep support for Iran's proxies and others who wish to wipe Israel off the map.