If sanctions are imposed on Israel, its the fault of the US. It created the atmosphere that expected and demanded that Israel agree to 67 lines plus swaps. The US was ably supported by the EU. Both of them were supporting the Arab League. They betrayed Israel and they alone are responsible for the BDS movement. They left Israel isolated. Had they supported the legality of the settlements and had they acknowledged Israel’s right to retain some of the territories as per Res 242 Israel would not be in the position she is today.
But that doesn’t leave Israel off the hook, Israel failed to assert her rights to Judea and Samaria and failed to assert that the settlements are legal. I blame Netanyahu for this. He even suppressed Israel’s rights. Instead he made the whole thing about our security and in the end didn’t get security or land. Ted Belman
US secretary of state makes remarks at Munich Security Conference; Deputy defense minister Danon slams Kerry’s remarks saying that Israel will “not negotiate with gun to its head.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry believes Israel could face an economic boycott if the current round of peace negotiations with the Palestinians does not lead to a final deal. Kerry made the remarks on Saturday at the Munich Security Conference.
“There’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it. There are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things, Kerry said, referring to the possible failure of the talks.
Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) reacted strongly to Kerry’s remarks.
“No nation has ever given up its land because of economic threats and we won’t either,” Bennett said.
“Only security will bring economic stability, not a terror state near Ben Gurion Airport,” he added. “We expect our friends in the world to stand by us during attempts at an anti-Semitic boycott of Israel, instead of being their megaphone.”
“Either way, we knew in the past and know today how to stand strong,” Bennett warned.
Deputy Defense Minister, Danny Danon (Likud-Beytenu), also criticized Kerry’s boycott related remarks on Saturday.
“We respect the [US] secretary of state but we will not negotiate with a gun put to our head,” Danon said.
Danon called Kerry’s words an “ultimatum”, and said that true friends do not set ultimatums.
“We will make decisions that protect Israel’s interests,” Danon added, “If we had made decisions according to every boycott threat, we would not be here today.”
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Ofir Akunis (Likud Beytenu) echoed Bennett and Danon’s criticism. “We were here before him [Kerry] and we’ll be here after him.”
“Kerry is using an aggressive policy against Israel, which is not bringing peace any closer,” Akunis added.
On the other side of the political spectrum, MK Nachman Shai (Labor) agreed with Kerry’s boycott fears and said Israel is facing an “economic tsunami” and that boycotts have “passed the point of no return.”