[Ed. – Double reset. Game, set, match.]
The U.S.-Israeli flap, between two of the closest allies in the world, began Saturday when Kerry said in Munich that allowing the peace talks to stumble would only incite Israel’s critics, who are pushing for boycotts against Israeli products and institutions in a campaign to isolate and pressure the country to end its occupation of the West Bank.
“You see, for Israel there’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up. People are very sensitive to it. There is talk of boycotts and other kinds of things,” Kerry said.
He added: “Today’s status quo absolutely, to a certainty, I promise you 100 percent, cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable. It’s illusionary. There’s a momentary prosperity, there’s a momentary peace.”
Israeli economic minister Naftali Bennett, the third-most-powerful figure in the coalition government, attacked Kerry for his linkage of peace and sanctions. …
The parliamentarian Tzipi Hotovely said, “Kerry’s unprecedented threats of a boycott are an attempt to terrorize Israel.” The deputy defense minister, Danny Danon, complained that Kerry was putting a gun to Israel’s head.
At his cabinet meeting Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust” and will not succeed. Netanyahu warned that the boycott threats “cause the Palestinians to adhere to their intransigent positions and thus push peace further away.”