Is Israel’s democracy in danger? It depends who you ask: one of the three major world indexes gives Israel its worst rating ever, another its second-best rating ever. But all agree that civil liberties are under threat
Anders Persson is a political scientist at Lund University, Sweden, specializing in EU-Israel/Palestine relations. Twitter: @82AndersPersson
The boycott movement hasn’t managed to hurt Israel from the outside: the country's never been stronger economically, diplomatically and militarily. But it's beginning to hurt Israel from the inside
Despite the Palestinians' high expectation, the handshakes and fine words in Brussels, the EU is incapable of ending Israel’s occupation and creating a Palestinian state
Rather than boycotting Israel, the EU’s new 'differentiation strategy' specifically separates out the democratic and internationally recognized Israel within the 1967 borders - with whom it seeks close ties - from the non-democratic and non-recognized settlements.
Precedent shows that as a group, EU member states have the power to create an international consensus for resolving the conflict.