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
The Churchillian speech will find sympathetic ears in the US Congress, but only there. The rest of the world, including much of the US public, recognizes that this is more word play and stagecraft from the Netanyahu government which has shown no appetite for meaningful negotiation since inception. Sadly, the people of Israel no longer seem to require the "sense of emergency and siege" to unite them. The polls show a public increasingly satisfied with its economic success and deaf to the cries of those whose land they occupy nearby. Their tilt to the far right requires little additional encouragement from the prime minister. This only portends greater isolation for Israel at a time when the Middle East is reconfiguring itself and Israel's sole claim to the mantle of democracy in the region is looking somewhat threadbare.