Last debate before Nevada, South Carolina to start in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.03:24 12.02.16 | 0 comments
Only Europe can act because it has no equivalent of the Israel lobby, which is now more potent than ever because it can rely on the Republicans (who used to have the more even handed approach on the Middle East) to push the president rightward through their demagoguery on the issue, as witness the recent results in the Ninth Congressional District of New York. Even though a recent poll shows that most Americans are not very knowledgeable or really very concerned about the Israel –Palestine situation, the concentration in key states of the small number of Israel-firsters guarantees that the U.S. can no longer take positions in opposition to the Israeli government. In Europe, on the other hand, the majority of the population is pro-Palestinian. Moreover, Israel is much more vulnerable to boycotts in Europe, because of the dependence of its agricultural sector on exports to Europe. Since, as seems clear to me, Israel will only be nudged toward a two state solution by threats of boycott, sanctions and divestment, pressure for this must come from Europe and not the U.S.