“The EU published its guidelines last July, boycotting Israeli companies operating over the 1949 Armistice lines.
“At the moment, Kerry is making sure the threats stay in check, but as soon as the peace talks fail he intends to open the floodgates and spur on full-blown international boycotts on Israel, reports Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio).”
This provides a hint as to why Netanyahu is playing along (and I’ll get to that in more detail in a second).
Here’s Defense Secretary Moshe Ya’alon:
"It is clear to us that there are large gaps [between us] - and this is not new - but it is certainly in our interest to continue negotiations and to continue to work to stabilize the situation in the relationship between us and the Palestinians."
The government is laboring mightily to make sure it does not appear that we are the ones who are the stumbling block to “peace.” The problem, of course, and always, is that it will be our fault no matter how we labor to make it otherwise. Note what the “government sources” cited above say: “As soon as the peace talks fail [Kerry] intends to...spur on full blown international boycotts.” Failure will be our fault. No wonder, then, as well. that Ya’alon talks about the possibility of extending the talks.
No wonder, either, that the Israeli people are suffering a great deal of anger and depression.
The pivotal figure, however, is Netanyahu, not Kerry. We need a prime minister who – recognizing that we cannot win in this situation – will opt to be done with it already.
On this, see Michael Freund’s recent article, “Can Israel say 'No' to the US? Yes, we can!”
“Israel, we are told by various pundits and politicians, has no choice but to go along with American demands.
“After all, our relationship with Washington is our greatest strategic asset and we cannot allow anything to get in its way. Hence, whatever America wants, the Jewish state must more or less accept.
“Needless to say, such an approach is not only short-sighted and misguided - it is oblivious to history and perilous to our destiny. And the sooner we expose it for the misleading oversimplification that it is, the better off we will all be.