Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 2 comments
Israel tried for years to come to an agreement with the Palestinians, and it was the Palestinians who constantly refused any reasonable two state solution. Finally Israel unilaterally pulled out of the occupied territories, even using force against their own citizens to force them out. What did the Palestinians do? Did they start to build infrastructure? Did they try to improve that land? No. They moved in and started using it to launch still more attacks against Israel. Israel was given the worst land in the region, and built the most prosperous country in the region out of that land, while constantly being attacked by people who used their resources for nothing but destruction, but it's Israel's fault their neighbors are poor? ALL that oil in the region in Muslim hands, and not one Arab nation truly willing to help the Palestinians, but it's Israel's fault the Palestinians are poor?