The Israeli Election: What Next?

Peter Beinart published his advice in Haaretz on March 18

Support any pressure that is nonviolent and consistent with Israel’s right to exist. That means backing Palestinian bids at the United Nations. It means labeling and boycotting settlement goods. It means joining and amplifying nonviolent Palestinian protest in the West Bank. It means denying visas to, and freezing the assets of, Naftali Bennett and other pro-settler leaders. It means pushing the Obama administration to present out its own peace plan, and to punish – yes, punish – the Israeli government for rejecting it. It means making sure that every time Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of his cabinet walk into a Jewish event outside Israel, they see Diaspora Jews protesting outside. It means loving Israel more than ever, and opposing its government more than ever. It means accepting that, for now at least, the peace process is over and the pressure process must begin.


2 responses to “The Israeli Election: What Next?

  1. I can’t think of a more appropriate response than this Yiddish one: Meshige tzim toyt.

  2. I accept that Israeli politics are quite foreign to me, and that I’m not even sure of the least worst solution or what some ‘game-changer’ in the future might be. However, I found this (rather long) article by Eve Fairbanks (‘The battle to be Israels conscience’) just might have got me a bit closer to understanding the key conflict.
    Unfortunately, the recent election results suggest that fear, wars on terror, and below the belt campaigning is still a vote winner (in too many countries).
    Let’s hope the pendulum swings back soon.