Israel Needs Peace with Palestine to Avoid Looming Boycotts ~ Ziad J. Asali, M.D. President, American Task Force on Palestine, HuffPost.
The Israeli government is worried, and it has every right to be. There is an international consensus that Israel’s continued settlement activity is illegitimate and a major obstacle to peace, and much of the world may be running out of patience. In particular, Europe is beginning to take action on the settlement issue by withholding economic cooperation.
Israel is now facing the serious prospect of widespread boycotts and restrictions carefully targeting settlement activities, as distinct from Israel itself. Late last year Israel signed an agreement with the European Union on scientific cooperation, Horizon 2020, which explicitly prohibits the funding of research projects in Israeli settlements. But this, it seems, was just the beginning.
The German government, which is considered one of the closest friends of Israel not only in…
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