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The banner headlines on the front page of last week’s issue left me with a sense of sadness. The country I fell in love with over 40 years ago, is passing laws that are becoming ever more draconian. With a daughter living in Israel, I am becoming ever more fearful for the future democratic disposition of the country.
As with most Israeli prime ministers, Benjamin Netanyahu is in the thrall of disparate parties, who serve their own constituencies, as opposed to the greater good.
I am sure that, among Anglo Jewry, I am not alone in finding it increasingly difficult to defend the indefensible.
Whether it is banning people from entering Israel or settlements, as much as I want to I cannot agree with a government that since President Trump came in to power seems to be running amok.
Prime Minister Netanyahu should know that every past president has always looked after America’s interests first, and very often played lip service to its so called allies.
President Trump looks like being an expert achiever in that role. Despite my anxieties, when I make my annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, as ever I will step off the plane and feel I am on home soil. It’s the people I love not the politicians.
I am disappointed but hardly surprised by your editorial. It does generate a lot of high-minded waffle by Western liberals. But would the UK or US or any other country welcome foreigners dedicated to destroying those countries, by economic means if not violence? Israel, however, is not meant to object. Why not? Israelis are allowed free speech in their own country, even if they are its avowed enemies, though of course some prefer to find their way to UK universities. There are clearly some who believe that Israel should not behave like any other country but should constantly apologise for its existence. Why?
In denouncing NUS from the top down is antiZionist (not just against particular policies) and Jewish students are not obliged to belong to it. BDS is a vile, antisemitic movement and Israel has every right to take action against it and similar organisations.