(JNS.org) Secretary of State
John Kerry, “capitalizing” on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s
“anxiety” about Israel facing increased isolation, recently warned Netanyahu
that the Jewish state might soon face an international delegitimization
campaign “on steroids,” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg reported for Bloomberg View.
Secretary of State John Kerry with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in February 2013. The U.S. quietly supported the EU’s recent directive to its members to boycott transactions with Israeli communities located beyond the pre-1967 lines. Credit: State Department.
are some early signs that Netanyahu is realizing the price his country may one
day pay for its settlements, in particular those near Palestinian population
centers,” Goldberg wrote. “He met recently with some of Israel’s leading
manufacturers, who expressed their worry that their products may one day be
boycotted in Europe, a worry he shares. Kerry, capitalizing on this anxiety,
has warned Netanyahu in recent weeks that if the current peace talks bear no
fruit, Israel may soon be facing an international delegitimization campaign—in
his words—‘on steroids.’”
according to anonymous sources cited by Goldberg, believes “the one thing
Netanyahu fears as much as Iran’s nuclear program is the growing power of the
international movement that seeks to isolate, scapegoat and demonize his
On Monday, reacting to Israel’s announcement of 1,200 new
housing units in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, Kerry said the U.S.
“views all of the settlements as illegitimate.” But the territories acquired by
Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, where the Jewish communities referred to by
Kerry are situated, are officially considered to be subject to the result of
final status negotiations, rather than “illegitimate” at the present time.
Haaretz reported that Helga Schmid, deputy
secretary general of the European External Action Service and an aide to
European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, said the U.S.
quietly supported the EU’s recently issued directive to its member states to
boycott all transactions with Israeli communities located beyond the pre-1967
“You should know that we received support for the new
guidelines on the settlements from all the European Union’s member states,” an
anonymous official who spoke to Haaretz quoted
Schmid as saying. “We’re also receiving tacit support from the American
Kerry has been behind the U.S. effort to broker renewed Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, whose latest round began Wednesday in Jerusalem.