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 | 4 comments
DT: "Goodwill gestures are useless w/o reciprocity" And a very sensible suggestion when you are talking about negotiations between equals. But Israel and the Pals are not equals. One is a State, and has had the other "side" under occupation for 40 years. They aren't a state at all; more a collection of stateless people, half of them scattered beyond the land that they want to create their eventual State on. That is a HUGE disparity in power, status, and authority, and that has to be reflected in the ability of either side to MAKE gestures. It's easy for an OCCUPIER to make a goodwill gesture; it involves nothing more than loosening their iron grip. It's much harder for the OCCUPIED to return the gesture. They ALREADY lack authority in their own land. They ALREADY are at the mercy of their occupiers. Israel can make gestures easily, but the Pals can't give up much without risking the very viability of their future state. Big Difference.