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
If I were a Hamas-nik I would look at Israel's treatment of Fatah and conclude that recognition of Israel and the renunciation of violence don't get you anything. In the West Bank and East Jerusalem land-grab and settlement building continue apace (and don't be fooled by the apparent 'freeze'). At the same time, the efforts to impose measures that constrain the movement of Palestinians and of foreigners into the West Bank also proceed apace. The truth is that the Israeli policy is fundamentally oriented towards the achievement of Greater Israel built on as much of the territory between the Med and the River Jordan as can be grabbed. If I were a Hamas-nik, I would understand that fully and would doubt the wisdom of following the example of Mahmoud Abbas. Israel is not interested in peace except on its terms which basically means ethnic cleansing. Withdrawal from Gaza was a pragmatic not a principled step.