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
When you have cheif rabbis advocating indiscriminant carpet bomgings of Gaza, you have a problem in Israel that goes well beyond mere security. The nation is completely unable to examine the results of her own policies. Sadly, Gaza is a complete ghetto with two generations of people with no hope, with the majority of children having seen their father or brother arrested or humiliated in some way by Israeli soldiers. The bombing of Sderot is merely a symptom of the illness...Israel has to let go of the idea of controlling the West Bank and Israel has to let go of the idea of permanent seige of Gaza. The first step, of course, is stop dragging your feet and begin intensive final status talks with Abbas aimed at ending the conflict in the context of the Saudi Peace Plan. Hope for the future is the best remedy for Israel's security problems.... ...oh yeah, and those racist rabbis advocating Genocide should be put under house arrest.