For Israel, deterrence has always been its national security core, but Tehran's behavior challenges that strategy. That means Israel has to rethink what will prevent a future crisis with Iran becoming a catastrophic war
Gerald M. Steinberg
Prof. Gerald Steinberg is professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University, where he founded the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation. Twitter: @GeraldNGOM
Soft power warfare against Israel can't be combatted by brute and coercive state power. Instead of its inept and ineffective anti-BDS campaign, the Knesset should leave the fight to NGOs.
If Israel really wants to expose the moral corruption spawned by foreign governments funding anti-Israel groups, then there are far better options than legislation.
European Union officials' reluctance to detail their funding of Israeli and Palestinian NGOs may arise from the EU's fear of public criticism of its role in alienating millions of Israelis - who reject neo-colonialist efforts to use these NGOs to manipulate Israeli democracy.
With the adoption of regulation for reporting of foreign government funds, the door is open to expanding transparency for private foreign funding for Israeli groups across the political spectrum.