Israel increasingly nervous at the prospect of more sanctions

There is growing nervousness in Israel at the tide gathering pace in favour of sanctions against the apartheid state.

“After several years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) seems to be gaining strength,” the Media Line news website states.

“From a Norwegian sovereign wealth fund to a Danish bank, to Oxfam, to musician Roger Waters, each day brings new calls to boycott Israel as a response to its continued construction in areas that Israel acquired in 1967,” the website said.

Consequently, “there is a growing sense of uneasiness in Israel that BDS will spread”, so much so that the Israeli cabinet is expected to discuss the issue for the first time next week”.

Even hardline hasbara agents are acknowledging the seriousness of the problem which the Zionists have created for themselves. “Israel is getting nervous far too late,” Gerald Steinberg, the head of NGO Monitor, said. “There was a tendency to say that we have to keep a low profile and that it will all go away,” he said. But it won’t.

Palestinians say they see the success of the BDS movement as proof that non-violence can achieve their goals.

According to Ghassan Khatib, a professor at Bir Zeit University and a former Palestinian government spokesman, BDS is picking up “because all of the other peaceful options and non-peaceful options are not working”.

Although so far BDS has not had major financial repercussions for Israel, if it spreads it could begin to hurt, the Media Line opines.

It cites Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid – who last month publicly declared, “we need to get rid of the Palestinians” – reminding a security conference last week that Israel is dependent on exports, with 33 per cent of its foreign trade conducted with Europe, and that “Even a partial European boycott would be felt by every Israeli and the cost of living would go up”. He warned that exports could drop by 5.7 billion US dollars.

Anxiety over the repercussions of Israel’s continuing war crime, crimes against humanity and violations of international law prompted a group of 100 leading Israeli industrialists at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month to call on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu “to make peace with the Palestinians to avoid the growing boycott of Israel”, the Media Line reports.

“The US and Europe, Israel’s best friends, have been urging Israel to reconsider its settlement policy and stop construction. Now Israel seems to be paying a price for not listening to this advice,” Khatib says, adding that he expects to see the BDS movement spread to more companies and begin to take more of an economic toll on the supremacist Zionist state.

Israel does, of course have a choice. It could mend its ways and begin respecting international law and the rights of the Palestinian people, paving the way for a just solution to the crime against humanity it and its Western allies committed in 1948.

But that is unlikely to happen. According to the Media Line, the Israelis are thinking of a propaganda “solution” instead: hiring a public relations company to con the world even more than it has been conned over the past 65 years.

So, the world’s only surviving apartheid state can expect an ever tightening noose around its supremacist neck. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, it won’t mean the end, or even the beginning of the end. But, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

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