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Letters to the Editor: Boycotts and the Occupation, Nazis and Trump

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12.07.2018

No boycott will end the occupation

In response to “Only a conditional boycott will lead to change” (July 8)

Daniel Blatman called for a conditional boycott of Israel as a means to pressure Israelis to end the occupation. He believes that if it worked with South Africa, it can work with Israel as well.

One has to wear ideological blinders to fail to see that the Palestinians are just as responsible as Israel for the failure of the peace process. Palestinian extremists decimated Israel’s left, with the complicity of Yasser Arafat – who pretended to oppose terrorism during the second intifada while he kept funding the terrorist activities of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades. As a result, Israelis came to believe that pulling out of the West Bank would endanger their security. This fear is genuine and totally legitimate.

It is also worth noting that the Palestinians have rejected all peace offers that were made to them over the last 18 years. For many years, Blatman and others on the Israeli left kept telling us that if Israel had been slightly more generous, the Palestinians would have accepted Ehud........

© Haaretz