Right-wing responses to the boycott assault on Israel range from sharp accusations to stormy denials. The Europeans, after all, hate us for no reason. They’re anti-Semitic to the bone and their entire goal is to destroy innocent little Israel, which seeks only peace and justice. There is no connection at all to the cruel occupation, which will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017.
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According to Likud and Habayit Hayehudi, the boycott has absolutely nothing to do with continued settlement construction in the territories; with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rejectionist policy; with the siege on Gaza; with Palestinian children who were killed; houses destroyed; horrific poverty and terrible unemployment.
It has nothing to do with the closures, the checkpoints or the economic oppression – which does not allow construction or the establishment of factories – and is unconnected to the humiliation that the territories’ residents undergo on a daily basis. None of that has anything to do with it. It’s all because of the hate campaign against innocent, pure and righteous Israel.
So what if until 1967 we were one of the most beloved nations on Earth. Then, it was a great honor to declare at every opportunity: I am an Israeli. So what if after Oslo in 1993 the entire world applauded us, world leaders arrived, embassies opened, and the Arab boycott was lifted? Who remembers that? Certainly not Netanyahu, Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) or Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi).
Netanyahu has a special method of dealing with the boycott. From his standpoint, it doesn’t really exist, has no impact on the economy – and to hell with the facts. As for Britain’s National Union of Students, which this week declared its support for the boycott, Netanyahu said the decision “has no practical implications.”
And what about the statement by the CEO of Orange [that he wanted to end the company’s agreement with Partner in Israel]? Also nothing? After all, this is a struggle for world public opinion, and that is more dangerous than a missile attack. If we become illegitimate, we won’t be able to exist. We depend on the leaders of the West.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely intends to solve the problem by means of better public relations. She lives in a make-believe world. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked has an even smarter solution: “Boycott anybody who boycotts us.”
To make it easy for her, we have prepared a list of a (small) number of the entities that have boycotted us recently, and that Shaked will have to boycott back: The largest pension fund in the Netherlands; the largest water company in the Netherlands; the largest security firm in Britain; the Romanian government; the Norwegian government’s pension fund; Denmark’s Danske Bank; university lecturers’ organizations in Britain and the United States; labor unions in Europe; postal workers in Canada; a U.S. pension fund; the South African government; a labor union in Ireland; Roger Waters and 700 other artists; European countries that in 2013 urged we be removed from the EU research and innovation program Horizon 2020; buyers in Europe who refuse to buy peppers grown in the Arava and vegetables from the Jordan Valley; the countries that tried to oust us from FIFA; and, as noted, the CEO of Orange.
And mainly, Ms. Shaked, you will have to boycott U.S. President Barack Obama, who – the nerve of him – dared to say on television (ours!) that in light of Netanyahu’s refusal to recognize the two-state solution, the United States will find it difficult to veto European initiatives in the United Nations to end the occupation.
Who does that goy think he is? And we’re supposed to just let it go? We should inform him immediately that we are going to boycott him, too. We will stop sending him $3 billion a year, we’ll cut funding for the Iron Dome anti-missile system and we won’t send him advanced missiles, smart bombs, stealth planes and engines for Merkava tanks. Let’s see how he gets along all by himself, without Ms. Shaked and Mr. Netanyahu.