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
Is Israel a nation of laws or a nation ruled by right wing fanatics? In America the government cannot ignore Supreme Court rulings but in Israel apparently the political party in power can. No one doubts the hateful, poisonous incitement in Palestinian media or the horrific terrorism inflicted upon Israeli citizens by Palestinian terrorists, but there will never, ever be a peaceful solution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict as long as the Israeli government sees nothing wrong with expropriating more and more Palestinian land. The government cannot see the forest thru the trees and lives in the present and cannot see what a dangerous future its bequeathing to future Israeli generations. There cannot be peace if more and more Palestinian land is added to the thousands already expropriated. All these actions do is feed the terrorist mindset and make any moderates left among the Palestinians believe Israel wants land, not peace. In this regard Israel and Syria share something in common. They both seem to want land but not peace.