On sanctions, Israel hasn’t seen anything yet

o13-iconDaniel Levy writes: Israel’s governing coalition has been much seized of late by the issue of potential boycotts and sanctions in response to its policies in the occupied Palestinian territories. The centrist and rightist wings of Netanyahu’s coalition have been trading accusations over how severe the threat is, and who is to blame – is it the Livni-Lapid camp for acknowledging that boycotts are a problem, thereby encouraging the phenomenon?

Or is the Bennett-Miri Regev camp to blame for shouting from the rooftops about annexing the territories rather than quietly building on Palestinian hilltops as all Israeli governments have done for four decades? Israel’s cabinet even considered convening to officially respond to this threat. Public ministerial statements have followed familiar lines around whether to play nice with the peace process and deflect criticism (the centrist position) or to conduct a more effective PR and hasbara push-back campaign (the rightist position).

In the short term the right is correct in downplaying any sense of imminent economic disaster due to a boycott tsunami. In the longer term, the centrists get it in asserting that the globally connected Israeli economy and lifestyle will prove unsustainable as sanctions slowly but inevitably advance. But both sides are promoting an ill-informed and misleading discussion, perhaps intentionally. Much of that misinformation revolves around Europe’s role, unsurprising given Europe’s position as Israel’s leading trade partner and as the likely source of most sanctions momentum.

Israelis need to know five things about this so-called boycott debate that are too often obscured. [Continue reading…]

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1 thought on “On sanctions, Israel hasn’t seen anything yet

  1. BillVZ

    There are sanctions and sanctions. The product and academic sanctions are a step in the right direction. However, knowing which products the masses might boycott leaves some work. None the less publicity wise it has caught Israel and it’s politicians attention. When it comes to sanctions the U.S. prefers economic sanctions that have real bite. If the U.S. stops its 3 billion yearly allowance and the arms sales as a starter- then perhaps the rest of the world might follow with real sanctions that bite. Of course there is little chance of any of my ‘idea’s ever happening. The Israel/Palestinian on-going saga will never be resolved with anything for the Palestinians people or their lands in my life time. How can the Nations of the world let this happen?

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