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
Israel and its fans like to think of their occupation of the West Bank as benign or at least morally neutral. That's not how the world sees it. The occupation is not harmless and it's not victimless. Increasingly the wworld looks at Israel like Israel is a kidnapper that's keeping an entire people hostage, trying to force it to sign away large portions of its home as a deal for its release. That view of Israel inevitably colours the way the world looks at Israel's wars. The civilians Israel killed and the civilian infrastructure it destroyed in Lebanon 2, Cast Lead and the Freedom Flotilla would not have been a PR problem for Israel, IF Israel had truly been facing an existential threat in any of those cases and IF there was no captive Palestinian people penned in Gaza and the West Bank. If Israel launches another war of choice, while continuing to keep the Pal people captive, it may win militarily but it will ALWAYS lose politically, sinking eventually into pariah status and losing its last elements of support in Europe and America. Boys toys war games like this can't hide that stark reality.