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The specter of world boycotts and sanctions hangs over Israel

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The vast majority of world opinion indicates that the extreme military actions that Israel took against the people of Gaza amounted to war crimes and, in the opinion of some, crimes against humanity. Even in the aftermath of that terrible, destructive "war", Israel seems intent on literally suffocating the Palestinian people with blockades and boycotts involving building materials, essential goods, and medical supplies. UN human aid organizations have been prevented from delivering medicines, educational materials, various foodstuffs and all sorts of basic needs to Gaza. But can you believe this? Based on international pressure Israel has announced that it will allow a shipment of clothes and shoes into Gaza for the first time in the almost three-year blockade.

What are the chances that President Obama and his advisers could restart peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine and that those negotiations would bring about a two-state solution to that conflict? Minimal at best. In my opinion Israel and its government will never, of its own accord, deviate from their current policies of suppressing the people of Palestine and the last thing that they want is a Palestinian state that can enjoy the same freedoms that other nations of the world do.

Article from Haaretz.com, March 11: "When it comes to the Middle East and other areas of the world, a certain word seems to have taken over the current affairs agenda: sanctions. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is using every possible platform to call for painful sanctions against Iran, Israel's ambassadors are busy contending with a movement that is calling for the imposition of a boycott and sanctions on Israel."

So, apparently, what goes around, comes around. How ironic is that? The nation of Israel which is blockading Gaza and imposing all manner of sanctions and restrictions on this tormented population is itself "busy contending with a movement that is calling for the imposition of a boycott and sanctions on Israel." Is that poetic justice or what?

Israel knows what the nations of the world know; it is very poor in natural resources and is highly dependent on imports of oil, coal, food, military equipment, uncut diamonds and various production inputs. Likewise, the health of Israel's economy depends greatly on exports of electronic and biomedical equipment, computer software, cut diamonds, foods and transportation equipment. Any kind of widespread, sustained world boycott and sanctions would have a devastating effect on their national stability and well-being.

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