A Dybbuk in the White House

Debate Obama’s grip on reality; fret at the madness of trusting Iran to abide by unverifiable terms. Say what you like. But the Iran deal effectively means that a president of America has decamped to the enemy

In Jewish folklore a dead malcontent may return to possess the living. The troubled soul is known as a “dybbuk’, and it runs amok making mischief. Writers and people of stage and screen have invoked the fiend to aggravate family wrangles to the point of madness.

Yet for all its wicked antics the dybbuk wants nothing more sinister than to settle a score. It may upturn some lives in the ghetto, but not the balance of world power. And no dybbuk, until now, toyed with the President of America.