Back last 2 June, after a fortnight away, I noted with scorn Hague's opportunism in condemning the botched Israeli raid on an islamist blockade-runner.
"Wouldn't it have been nice", I wrote, "if Hague had said 'nobody in the Middle East gives a shit what the British government has to say about anything, so from now on I'm not going to add my ha'porth of pointless commentary to a situation that is as intractable as it is tragic for all concerned'."
But no - he has gone along with his officials to create a confrontation with Israel, and the Foreign Office has leaked word that it is "furious" that the Israelis have "ambushed" the garden gnome by cancelling some of the meetings planned for his first visit to that country.
The FCO pukes are not furious, of course - they are delighted. The important thing was to deepen the rift with Israel and to show the correct submission to Saudi Arabia, and both have been achieved.
I think the main reason British officials are able to continue believing they are clever, despite being regularly used to mop the floor by their peers in other countries, is that the British press never looks below the surface. To define cleverness as the ability to get a bunch of lazy hacks to publish leaks sets the bar very low.
Simple question: was Hague's visit to Ramallah designed to provoke the Israelis? Answer: Without a doubt. Next question: who benefits? Answer: the Foreign Office Arabomites.