Shlomo Avineri has perfectly and astutely defined the abuses of the term "delegitimization" in this article. Whether by design or by having stumbled upon the emotional effectiveness of this term in connection with the viability of the State of Israel it has been grossly and incorrectly abused in the media and especially by government sources. To invoke and to feed upon the already inherent and ever-present apprehensions of a people who have been historically persecuted over ages is unconscionable and represents demagoguery in its most virulent form. As Professor Avineri points out correctly: there is no basis in fact that would support the theory that Machiavellian forces are at work to "delegitimize" the State of Israel. It simply can't be done. What can be lost though is credibility as a working democracy by supporting and instituting discriminatory legislation and human and civil rights abuses. That trend is in dire need of being reversed!
Clashes between IDF and protesters in Bethlehem and East Jerusalem (Reuters)
from the article: No one is questioning Israel's legitimacy