Naomi Klein reveals a complete misunderstanding of what can be done to solve the Palestine problem. What is needed ia a full engagement with Israel and the Palestinians by the international community to impose a two-state solution along the lines of the road map with boundaries along the 1967 lines with minor modifications. A boycott is a copout.
Israel is very different from South Africa. Israeli hard-liners want a Greater Israel, with all the Arabs "transferred" to the Arab world. One example where this policy has worked is the former German city of Konigsberg, now the Russian Kaliningrad, with all its German citizens "transferred" to Germany.
During the much-publicized boycott of South Africa, with lip service by the Soviet Union, the Soviets were partners in the largest diamond cartel in the world and carried on business as usual. If the West boycotts and breaks off contacts with Israel, Putin will be happy to take over and make Israel a Cuba of the Middle East. Putin will have no objection to a Konigsberg solution of the Palestine problem if it improves Russian position in a coming new cold war with the United States.
We must all work together to help save Israel from itself. Hopefuly, Barack Obama will find a way to lead us there.
Harry J. Lipkin
Jan 10 2009 - 7:30am