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
A referendum would NOT block a peace deal that had the support of a majority of the Israeli people. It only blocks a deal that a majority of Israelis consider bad. Mr. Levy seems to have a fantasy that the U.S. and other foreign powers will impose Mr. Levy's ideas on Israel, notwithstanding the views of the majority of the Israeli people. Mr. Levy would contribute more to peace if he instead focused on persuading the Palestinians to give up their claim to the so-called "right of return," just as the 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran have given up their claim to return to their former homes.