Israellycool » BDS Fail Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Thu, 06 Aug 2015 08:24:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WATCH: BDSHole Gets Ass Handed Back To Him On A Platter Wed, 10 Jun 2015 19:46:05 +0000 This is gold.

Israeli BDSHole Ronnie Barkan recently appeared on on Yediot Achronot’s TV news channel, interviewed by Atilla Somfalvi. Atilla saw right through Barkan’s disingenous responses and let him know in no uncertain terms.

Prompting at least one evil buffoon to kvetch.

Boo to the hoo.

]]> 9
Stanford’s Moral Vacuum On Israel Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:22:27 +0000 For quite some time the Jew haters from Students for Justice in Palestine have tried every means at their disposal to get Stanford University in the US to divest from Israeli companies or companies that do business in Israel “that they claim profit from human rights abuses and violations of international law in Israel/Palestine.”

At the same time Stanford is in the news for yet another case of a highly inappropriate questioning of prospective student council candidate. Once again a student was asked how her Judaism would affect her views on boycotting Israel.

Now Stanford’s Board of Trustees has issued a statement on this and while rejecting the BDS attempt, it’s hard to find a moral backbone:

The Board concluded that the university’s mission and its responsibility to support and encourage diverse opinions would be compromised by endorsing an institutional position on either side of an issue as complex as the Israel-Palestine conflict. Therefore the Board will not be taking action on this request, nor will it consider this request further.

Their statement ends with this (my emphasis):

The request from the Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine asserted that Stanford should divest its holdings in certain companies that they claim profit from human rights abuses and violations of international law in Israel/Palestine. Neither the APIRL nor the Board sought to determine the veracity of those claims, or to disprove them.

Rather than explore such issues, the Board focused on the questions of divisiveness and negative impact on its mission as contained in the Statement on Investment Responsibility. The Statement provides that if the Trustees conclude that a specific Trustee action “is likely to impair the capacity of the University to carry out its educational mission (for example, by causing significant adverse action on the part of governmental or other external agencies or groups, or by causing deep divisions within the University community), then the Trustees need not take such action.” The Board concluded that any action on this issue would clearly have such an impact.

Here’s my reading: if they were to declare that an over-active and entirely unmatched hatred of Jewish Israel by Students for Justice in Palestine was outright Jew hatred, they’d have a huge fight on their hands. If they just sneak away and hide, perhaps their army of Alumni who feed the treasure chests with their donations will continue to let the money flow.

And so, by not even choosing to make an adjudication, the Stanford Board of Trustees has failed what George Gilder called “The Israel Test”. By not even choosing to investigate the claims of these people and to reject them on merit, they’ve stuck their heads in the sand and shown a complete lack of moral backbone.

]]> 5
Karma For UCLA’s Students For Justice In Palestine Wed, 25 Feb 2015 05:39:07 +0000 Pro-Israel students at the University of California, Los Angeles have had to contend with much antagonism since they defeated a typically bigoted anti-Israel resolution in February of 2014. Two pro-Israel members of the student government had sham ethics charges brought against them, and a candidate for the Judicial Board of the Student Council was accused of having a conflict of interest that would make her unsuitable for the position purely on the basis of the fact that she was Jewish. The Legal Insurrection blog reported on additional underhanded tactics that were used by divestment supporters to gain a majority on the student council. After a campaign of intimidation and harassment, the student government passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies that do business with Israel. (The resolution was quickly shot down by the UCLA Chancellor.)

UCLA #JewHaters poster

Poster appearing on UCLA campus

With this background, it’s pretty difficult to take seriously complaints from UCLA’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine over posters displayed around the campus linking SJP to Hamas in Gaza. The posters use well-known and recognizable images of the Hamas government of Gaza to illustrate what those who are against Israel are in fact supporting. SJP’s statement reads

These posters are a clear example of hate speech directed against Students for Justice in Palestine, as well as supporters of Palestinian freedom and equality. They rely on Islamophobic and anti-Arab tropes to paint Palestinians as terrorists and to misrepresent Students for Justice in Palestine as anti-Semitic. It hardly bears repeating that SJP at UCLA is an organization that prides itself on its opposition to all forms of racism and bigotry, and which is open to and promotes the membership of students from all walks of life. . . .  Furthermore, defacing school property and intimidating a specific group of students creates a deeply harmful environment that prevents student learning and community-building. Coupled with the recent uprise in Islamophobia on a national scale, we are concerned for the safety of our fellow students and student organizers.

UCLA #JewHaters poster 2

Poster appearing on UCLA campus

How ironic for SJP, the face of the slanderous BDS movement on college campuses, to complain about hate speech, bigotry, misrepresentations, intimidation, or creating harmful environments. Without hate speech, bigotry, misrepresentations, intimidation, or creating harmful environments, there would be no BDS movement to speak of.

Tulane student and leading pro-Israel campus activist Chloe Simone Valdary’s response on UCLA SJP’s facebook page says it best: “pot. kettle. black. u got served.”

(click on image to enlarge and view)

SJP at UCLA facebook post


]]> 10
A Week Of Musical BDS Fails Sun, 07 Sep 2014 20:38:26 +0000 Here in Israel we have a word that doesn’t really have a direct English translation, and today I’d like to teach it to the supporters of the BDS Movement.

דַּוְקָא (Davka)

It means a number of things but in the case I bring you today it means, “just to spite you”.

Last week after a string of concert cancellations caused by Operation Protective Edge, a number of entertainers have announced concerts in Israel.

And not just casually slipping Israel into their tour schedule hoping no bigots would find out and flood their social media pages with antisemitic excrement, but announcing it DAVKA.


DAVKA Rock City

DAVKA Rock City

Singer/Bassist/Professional Tootsie Pop Eater Chaim Witz (Gene Simmons) stuck it to BDS when he announced that he was coming to ISRAEL with KISS DAVKA in capital letters on his Facebook page.

2. Lady Gaga



Singer/Portable Meat Locker Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (Lady Gaga) announced on YouTube that she was excited to be coming to Israel DAVKA.

3. Backstreet Boys



Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys announced on YouTube that after unfortunately having to cancel their 3-show stop in Tel Aviv, they are coming after all.  Howie reaches out to DAVKA to the Israeli fans saying they will make up for the dates they missed.

4. Cruachan

DAVKA in a kilt

DAVKA in a kilt

This Irish Folk Metal band agreed to play DAVKA in Israel thanks to a 14-year old fan from Ashkelon who convinced them to come after the band was bombarded with BDS’s signature bullying and intimidation.

5) Beach Boys

Everybody's Gone DAVKA. DAVKA Israel.

Everybody’s Gone DAVKA. DAVKA Israel.

These boys (now in their 70’s) have announced that they will be playing in Israel on November 29, 2014 (DAVKA on the 67th anniversary of the UN Partition Plan).

So let us conclude that all those concert cancellations we saw in the last 2 months were genuinely for security concerns because now they are coming back DAVKA in a huge way. Even Neil Young has mentioned he really wanted to perform in Israel and will do his best to reschedule. He has made a donations to music centres in Israel in the meantime.

Start saving up your concert ticket money. This next year’s gonna get loud.

]]> 1
“BDS Victory” May See 900 Palestinians Out Of A Job Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:13:54 +0000 scarjo

*DISCLAIMER* Given the unexpected “viralness” of this post, the comments posted, and the other forms this post seems to have taken. I’d like to make a clarification of the below post. No official company announcement has been made in this regard, but it is considered “common knowledge” among those in the industry that this may happen. The decision had nothing to do with BDS. We have no idea what will be the actual fate of these workers. This article is a simple commentary of the expected outcome, and the self cannibalization BDS will find themselves in when the move is complete. Thank you, enjoy the post.

We would like to wish the folks of the BDS Movement a hearty congratulations on achieving what may definitely be a well-deserved victory in the battle against the occupation.

Unfortunately I am referring to the occupation of the 900+ “West Bank” and “East” Jerusalem Palestinian men and women at the Sodastream factory in Ma’ale Adumim.

That’s right. As of 2015, the Sodastream plastics and metals factory in Ma’ale Adumim may be closing its doors and moving to its much larger $40 million facilities near the town of Lahavim in the Negev. This would leave all the previously highly satisfied Palestinian employees out of a job.

The new plant will still be practicing its equal opportunity hiring policies and will provide employment to the region’s Bedouin and African refugee population but this time on uncontested Israeli soil (it’s uncontested unless you’re a terrorist).

Regardless I’m still willing to bet the haters will still claim they are abusing Bedouins or something. …. … what’s that? They already have? (Damn you, Ali A-bomb-a-nation).

Don’t get too excited, the decision to move is purely operational (I’d like to emphasize this as not to make BDS-Holes think they have any effect) but regardless. BDS. You wanted it? You may have got it. Unemployed Palestinians.

sodastream lahavim

Movin’ on up to a bigger place: SodaStream’s new facilities in Lahavim

]]> 18
Noa Tishby Whispering In Mick Jagger’s Ear? Sun, 08 Jun 2014 13:14:36 +0000 It’s the question everyone was asking: how did Mick Jagger become such a cunning linguist in Hebrew so quickly?

So now we know it was Noa Tishby, Israeli actress and pro-Israel advocate extraordinare who was with Mick Jagger and the stones for quite a bit of their trip. Aparently she organised the after show party and, as has been reported by Israel’s top entertainment TV presenter, Guy Pines, she was feeding the Hebrew lines to Mick during the concert via his ear piece.

So now you know.

]]> 3
Notes From The Rolling Stones Concert In Tel Aviv Thu, 05 Jun 2014 13:28:25 +0000 Stones in Tel Aviv

I took my wife and daughters to the Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv yesterday. A few notes and comments:

    1. From the incredibly apt opening song “Start Me Up” through the closer “Satisfaction”, I was blown away by the show these guys put on. Truly inspirational.
    2. It was hot. REAL hot. Africa hot. It was 40 degrees celsius at 6pm, no breeze whatsoever, and it dipped down to about 35 degrees towards the end of the concert. We were on our feet for about 4 hours straight…. but it was all absolutely worth it.
    3. Mick’s incorporation of Hebrew into his audience banter was the most impressive I have ever encountered. Usually most bands drop an “Erev Tov Tel Aviv” in, but Mick was gabbling away in Hebrew the whole night. I suspect that he was being fed lines into his earpiece, but it was still an incredibly appreciated gesture.
    4. On the same subject: Mick at one stage said “Toda…. shukran” (thanks in Hebrew and Arabic) and a little later Keith said “Shalom…. salaam” (peace in Hebrew and Arabic). I assume this was a small gesture to placate the leftist douche bags that were upset at the Stones playing in Israel. Other than that there were no political statements of any kind, which was much appreciated.
    5. The sound at the concert was amongst the best I have ever heard at such a large outdoor concert. Superb!
    6. I estimate the average age was about my age – i.e. around 45. Lots of 20 somethings, lots of 40 somethings, and lots of 60 somethings.
    7. Highlight of the evening (other than Mick asking Ronnie Wood “kanita na’alayim ba’shuk?” – did you buy shoes in the market?) was Mick Taylor joining the band on stage for an INCREDIBLE rendition of Midnight Rambler.
    8. My favorite Stones period is Let It Bleed through Exile on Main Street (which is exactly the Mick Taylor period) and we were treated to a bunch of songs from that era – Honkey Tonk Women, Midnight Rambler, You Got The Silver (Keef!), Gimme Shelter (another highlight) You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Brown Sugar, Tumbling Dice. I was in fanboy heaven!
    9. A lot of (ignorant) people made (and still make) comments about seeing a bunch of septuagenarians making fools of themselves denying the inevitable fact that Rock and Roll is for the young’uns and they should have given it up years ago. The first time I saw the Rolling Stones in concert was 20 years ago – and people were making the same comments back then. But here’s the thing: They’re better now than they were then. They’re in AMAZING shape for their age, they are athletic and fun to watch, they sounded FANTASTIC and the whole concert was a joy from start to finish. Its hard to imagine 70 year old people playing that kind of music because most 70 year olds are old. These guys don’t act old. They act like professionals who know exactly what kind of a show their fans want. And they deliver. They may have had a more raw sound back in the 70s, but now they play every song more or less like it sounds on the album. This is precisely what you want from a band with almost as many recognisable classic rock hits as the Beatles. Tightly produced familiar songs.
    10. On a personal note: Its hard for me to express how much fun it is to go to a concert like that – in Israel with my kids and my wife. Its like tying my old life growing up in Australia to my new life in Israel. I used to go to quite a few concerts with my father when I was a teenager, and I have to admit I was slightly embarrassed, but I don’t care how embarrassed my kids are at going with their old man. For me its moments like these that feature heavily in my own internal highlight reel of my life.
    11. I can’t wait for Neil Young next month!!!!! Going with the girls again (and Brian of London is tagging along as well).

Here’s a little of Mick speaking Hebrew:

]]> 5
Where’s the Apartheid: Purim in Jerusalem Tue, 18 Mar 2014 08:28:26 +0000 Certain media seems to still be obsessed with Scarlett Johansson and SodaStream.

Perhaps instead of beating an old story to death, they should actually come to see what is happening on the Jerusalem, Israel streets?

Yesterday was Purim, that time of year when many, lots of Jews drink too much. They get drunk to blot out the name of that wicked Haman who tried to kill the Jews so many years ago.

Mamilla Mall is one favorite hangout on Purim.

image Mamilla Mall, Photo crowd in mall, apartheid Israel

Thousands of people and there was more security in the Athens airport back in the ’90s!

image Palestinian women, photo Palestinian apartheid, picture apartheid Israel

These three Arab women got past that checkpoint and were seated in a popular restaurant.

image Jerusalem apartheid, photo Palestinian women, picture Palestinian women Israel

Seems they were having trouble placing their order.

At least they got seated, many others were standing in line waiting to get a table.

And more Arab girls?

image Palestinian girls, photo Israel apartheid, picture Arab girls, picture Israel apartheid

These girls were taking turns posing for photos with the cute guy in an Indian costume.

Hmm, it was only when I got home that I noticed the back of that black shirt.

I have lots Arab girl photos, because it is easy to pick them out if they have head coverings.

image Palestinian checkpoints, photo Palestinian students, picture Palestinian apartheid

As I was finally leaving the mall, a group of Arab students arrived near Jaffa Gate.

So much for BDS and Apartheid!

Even on Purim, with all the drunks, it is safe for women, girls and teenagers in Jerusalem, Israel.

There is a new US special envoy to Syria, 

BDS and Human rights activists, maybe it is time for you to redirect your efforts?

Where’s the Apartheid?

Purim in Jerusalem, Israel, looked like another big #BDSfail! 


]]> 0
“How Could Anyone Fall For The BS In BDS?” – Netanyahu Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:43:07 +0000 Bib Aipac 2014 speech screen shotThis morning in the US Bibi Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, delivered a rip-roaring speech to AIPAC.

He covered lots of ground but gave some special attention to the BDS Movement we so know and hate here at Israellycool.

My particular favourite was how, while talking about BDS, he clearly stated BDS will fail. This is in line with my central thesis.

But Bibi also, beautifully, laid out why we counter them. Not at all because we are scared but because lies must never stand and especially not when they are lies which flow from and encourage hatred of Jews and all things Jewish.

Now, wait, wait. I don’t want you to get complacent — (laughter) — because the fact that they’re going to fail doesn’t mean that the BDS movement shouldn’t be vigorously opposed. They should be opposed because they’re bad for peace and because BDS is just plain wrong. (Applause.)

Most people in the BDS movement don’t seek a solution of two states for two peoples. On the contrary, they openly admit that they seek the dissolution of the only state for the Jewish people. They’re not seeking peace, they’re not seeking reconciliation. But some of their gullible fellow travelers actually do believe that BDS advances peace.

Well, the opposite is true. BDS sets back peace because it hardens Palestinian positions and it makes mutual compromise less likely.

But I think these are all important points, but not the critical important. The critical thing is that BDS is morally wrong. It turns morality on its head. This is the main point. And I can tell you, it’s not that Israel, like all states, is not beyond criticism. We have a boisterous democracy where everyone has an opinion. And believe me, no one in Israel is shy about expressing it — about anything. In Israel, self-criticism is on steroids. (Laughter.)

Meanwhile, here is the video and full text:

Remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC) 2014 Policy Conference

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

Time: 10:04 a.m. EST, Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you.

I — I bring you greetings from Jerusalem — (cheers, applause) — the eternal, undivided capital of Israel and the Jewish people. (Cheers, applause.)

I want to thank all of you for working so tirelessly to strengthen the alliance between Israel and America. American — American support for Israel and for that alliance is at an all-time high. And I can tell you that there is no country on earth that is more pro-American than Israel. (Applause.)

So I want to thank the leaders of AIPAC, the officers of AIPAC, the 14,000 delegates of AIPAC — (cheers, applause) — the members of Congress, the members of the Israeli government — Tzipi Livni, Limor Livnat, Yuval Steinitz, Deputy Minister Elkin, members of the Knesset — and our two able ambassadors, the ambassador of Israel to the United States, Ron Dermer — (applause) — and the ambassador of the United States to Israel, Dan Shapiro, and our U.N. ambassador, Ron Prosor. Everyone, I want to thank you all for safeguarding and nurturing the most precious alliance in the world, the alliance between Israel and the United States of America. (Cheers, applause.)

My friends, I’ve — I’ve come here to draw a clear line.

You know that I like to draw lines — (laughter) — especially red ones. But the line I want to draw today is the line between life and death, between right and wrong, between the blessings of a brilliant future and the curses of a dark past.

I stood very close to that dividing line two weeks ago. I visited an Israeli army field hospital in the Golan Heights. Now, that field hospital wasn’t set up for Israelis. It was set up for Syrians. (Applause.) Israelis treated nearly a thousand wounded Syrians — men, women and a lot of children. They come to our border fence bleeding and desperate. Often they’re near death.

And on my visit I met two such Syrians, a shellshocked father and his badly wounded 5-year-old boy. A few days earlier the man’s wife and baby daughter were blown to bits by Iranian bombs dropped by Assad’s air force. Now the grieving father was holding his little boy in his arms, and Israeli doctors were struggling to save the boy’s life.

I heard from them and from the other patients there what all the Syrians who’ve come to be treated in Israel are saying. They all tell the same story. They say, all these years, Assad lied to us. He told us that Iran was our friend and Israel was our enemy. But Iran is killing us, and Israel, Israel is saving us. (Applause.)

Those Syrians discovered what you’ve always known to be true: In the Middle East, bludgeoned by butchery and barbarism, Israel is humane; Israel is compassionate; Israel is a force for good. (Applause.)

That border, that runs a hundred yards east of that field hospital, is the dividing line between decency and depravity, between compassion and cruelty. On the one side stands Israel, animated by the values we cherish, values that move us to treat sick Palestinians, thousands of them, from Gaza. They come to our hospitals. We treat them despite the fact that terrorists from Gaza hurl thousands of rockets at our cities.

It’s those same values that inspires Israeli medics and rescuers to rush to the victims of natural disasters across the world, to Haiti, to Turkey, to Japan, the Philippines, to many other stricken lands.

Now, on the other side of that moral divide, steeped in blood and savagery, stand the forces of terror — Iran, Assad, Hezbollah, al- Qaida and many others. Did you ever hear about Syria sending a field hospital anywhere? Did you ever hear about Iran sending a humanitarian delegation overseas? No? You missed that memo? (Laughter.) You know why? You know why you haven’t heard anything about that? Because the only thing that Iran sends abroad are rockets, terrorists and missiles to murder, maim and menace the innocent. (Applause.)

And what the — what the Iranian people — or rather, what the Iranian regime does abroad is just as — is similar to what they do to their own people. They execute hundreds of political prisoners, they throw thousands more into their jails, and they repress millions in a brutal theocracy.

If you want to understand the moral divide that separates Israel from its enemies, just listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, Iran’s terror proxy in Lebanon. He said this. He said: Iran and Hezbollah love death and Israel loves life.

And that’s why, he said, Iran and Hezbollah will win and Israel will lose.

Well, he’s right about the first point. They do glorify death, and we do sanctify life. But he’s dead wrong on the second point. (Applause.) It’s precisely because we love life that Israel shall win. (Cheers, applause.)

In the past year Iran’s radical regime has tried to blur this moral divide. It wields out its smiling president and its smooth- talking foreign minister. But if you listen to their words, their soothing words, they don’t square with Iran’s aggressive actions.

Iran says it only wants a peaceful nuclear program. So why is it building a heavy water reactor, which has no purpose in a peaceful nuclear program? Iran says it has noting to hide. So why does it ban inspectors from its secret military sites? Why doesn’t it divulge its military nuclear secret — the secrets of its military nuclear activities? They absolutely refuse to say a word about that. Iran says it’s not building nuclear weapons. So why does it continue to build ICBMs, intercontinental ballistic missiles, whose only purpose is to carry nuclear warheads?

See, unlike Scud missiles, that are limited to a range of a few hundred miles, ICBMs can cross vast oceans. And they can strike, right now or very soon, the Eastern seaboard of the United States — Washington — and very soon after that, everywhere else in the United States, up to L.A.

And the important point to make is this: Iran’s missiles can already reach Israel, so those ICBMs that they’re building, they’re not intended for us. You remember that beer commercial, “this Bud’s for you”? (Laughter.) Well, when you see Iran building ICBMs, just remember, America, that Scud’s for you. (Scattered applause.)

Now, it’s not only that — only the Americans got that joke. (Laughter.) It’s not only that Iran doesn’t walk the walk. In the last few weeks, they don’t even bother to talk the talk. Iran’s leaders say they won’t dismantle a single centrifuge, they won’t discuss their ballistic missile program. And guess what tune they’re singing in Tehran? It’s not “God Bless America,” it’s “death to America.” And they chant this as brazenly as ever. Some charm offensive.

And here’s my point. Iran continues to stand unabashedly on the wrong side of the moral divide. And that’s why we must continue to stand unequivocally on the right side of that divide. We must oppose Iran and stand up for what is right. (Applause.)

My friends, yesterday I met with President Obama, with Vice President Biden, with Secretary Kerry and with the leaders of the U.S. Congress. We had very good meetings. I thanked them for their strong support for Israel — (applause) — for our security, including in the vital area of missile defense.

I said that the greatest threat to our common security is that of a nuclear-armed Iran. We must prevent Iran from having the capability to produce nuclear weapons. And I want to reiterate that point. Not just to prevent them from having the weapon, but to prevent them from having the capacity to make the weapon. (Applause.) That means — that means we must dismantle Iran’s heavy water reactor and its underground enrichment facilities. We must get rid of Iran’s centrifuges and its stockpiles of enriched uranium and we must insist that Iran fully divulge the military dimensions of its nuclear program.

Now 17 countries around the world have peaceful nuclear energy programs. They’re doing this without spending centrifuges, without enriching uranium, without operating heavy water facilities and without conducting military nuclear research.

You know why Iran insists on doing all these things that the other peaceful countries don’t do? It’s because Iran doesn’t want a peaceful nuclear program, Iran wants a military nuclear program.

I said it here once, I’ll say it here again: If it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, if it quacks like a duck, then what is it?


PRIME MIN. NETANYAHU: Well, it’s ain’t a chicken — (laughter) — and it’s certainly not a dove. It’s still a nuclear duck. (Applause.) Unfortunately, the leading powers of the world are talking about leaving Iran with the capability to enrich uranium.

I hope they don’t do that because that would be a grave error. It would leave Iran as a threshold nuclear power. It would enable Iran to rapidly develop nuclear weapons at a time when the world’s attention is focused elsewhere. And we see, as we speak, that that could happen. In one part of the world today, tomorrow in another part — maybe North Korea.

So just remember what — (inaudible) — wrote a few years ago. He wrote this in a rare moment of candor. He said: If a country can enrich uranium, even to a low level, it can effectively produce nuclear weapons. Precisely. And leaving Iran as a threshold nuclear power, would deliver a death-blow to nonproliferation. Iran is an outlaw state. It’s violated multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibiting enrichment.

If we allow this outlaw terrorist state to enrich uranium, how could we seriously demand that any other country not enrich uranium?

My friends, I believe that letting Iran enrich uranium would open up the floodgates. It really would open up a Pandora’s box of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and around the world. That must not happen. (Applause.) And we will make sure it does not happen.

Because letting the worst terrorist regime on the planet get atomic bombs would endanger everyone, and it certainly would endanger Israel since Iran openly calls for our destruction.

70 years ago, our people, the Jewish people, were left for dead. We came back to life. We will never be brought to the brink of extinction again. (Applause.)

As prime minister as Israel, I will do whatever I must do to defend the Jewish state of Israel. (Applause.)

You know, I’m often — I’m often asked whether Israel truly wants diplomacy to succeed, and my answer is, of course we want diplomacy to succeed, because no country has a greater interest in the peaceful elimination of the Iranian nuclear threat. But this threat — this threat will not be eliminated by just any agreement, only by an agreement which requires Iran to fully dismantle its military nuclear capability. (Applause.)

Now you know how you get that agreement with Iran? Not by relieving pressure but by adding pressure. (Applause.) Pressure is what brought Iran to the negotiating table in the first place, and only more pressure will get to abandon their nuclear weapons program. Greater pressure on Iran will not make war more likely; it will make war less likely — (applause) — because the greater the pressure on Iran, the greater the pressure on Iran and more credible the threat of force on Iran, the smaller the chance that force will ever have to be used.

Ladies and gentlemen, peace is Israel’s highest aspiration. I’m prepared to make a historic peace with our Palestinian neighbors — (applause) — a peace that would end a century of conflict and bloodshed. Peace would be good for us. Peace would be good for the Palestinians. But peace would also open up the possibility of establishing formal ties between Israel and leading countries in the Arab world.

Many Arab leaders — and believe me, this is a fact, not a hypothesis, it’s a fact — many Arab leaders today already realize that Israel is not their enemy, that peace with the Palestinians would turn our relations with them and with many Arab countries into open and thriving relationships. (Applause.)

The combination of Israeli innovation and Gulf entrepreneurship, to take one example — I think this combination could catapult the entire region forward. I believe that together, we can resolve actually some of the region’s water and energy problems. You know, Israeli has half the rainfall we had 65 years ago. We have 10 times the population. Our GDP has shot up, thank God — GDP per capita, up. So we have half the rainfall, 10 times the population, and our water use goes up. And which country in the world doesn’t have water problems? Yep. Israel. (Applause.)

Why? Because of technology, of innovation, of systems. We could make that available to our Arab neighbors throughout the region that is not exactly blessed with water. We could solve the water problems. We could solve the energy problems. We could improve agriculture. We could improve education with e-learning, health with diagnostics on the Internet. All of that is possible. We could better the lives of hundreds of millions. So we all have so much to gain from peace.

That’s why I want to thank the indomitable John Kerry. You know, New York — (applause) — and Tel-Aviv, they’re the cities that never sleep. John Kerry is definitely the secretary of state who never sleeps.

And — (applause) — and I’ve got the bags under my eyes to prove it. We’re working together, literally day and night, to seek a durable peace, a peace anchored in solid security arrangements and the mutual recognition of two nation-states. (Applause.)

Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — (applause) — where the civil rights of all citizens, Jews and non-Jews alike, are guaranteed. The land of Israel is the place where the identity of the Jewish people was forged.

It was in Hebron that Abraham blocked the cave of the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs. It was in Bethel that Jacob dreamed his dreams. It was in Jerusalem that David ruled his kingdom. We never forget that, but it’s time the Palestinians stopped denying history. (Applause.)

Just as Israel is prepared to recognize a Palestinian state, the Palestinians must be prepared to recognize a Jewish state. (Applause.) President Abbas, recognize the Jewish state, and in doing so, you would be telling your people, the Palestinians, that while we might have a territorial dispute, the right of the Jewish people to a state of their own is beyond dispute. (Applause.)

You would be telling Palestinians to abandon the fantasy of flooding Israel with refugees, or amputating parts of the Negev and the Galilee. In recognizing the Jewish state, you would finally making clear that you are truly prepared to end the conflict. So recognize the Jewish state. No excuses, no delays, it’s time. (Applause.)

Now, my friends, it may take years, it may take decades for this formal acceptance of Israel to filter down through all layers of Palestinian society. So if this piece is to be more than a brief interlude between wars, Israel needs long-term security arrangements on the ground to protect the peace and to protect Israel if the peace unravels. You see, those security arrangements would always be important, but they’re even more important and critical today when the entire Middle East is unraveling. Three years ago, our region was a very different place. Can anyone sitting here, anyone listening to us, can anyone tell me and be sure what the Middle East will look like five, 10, 20 years from now? We cannot bet the security of Israel on our fondest hopes.

You know, in the Middle East, that’s usually a losing bet. We should always hope for the best, but in the Middle East we have to be prepared for the worst. And despite the best of hopes, international peacekeeping forces sent to Lebanon, Gaza, Sinai, the Golan Heights, they didn’t prevent those areas from becoming armed strongholds against Israel.

If we reach an agreement, as I hope, with the Palestinians, I don’t delude myself. That peace will most certainly come under attack — constant attack by Hezbollah, Hamas, al-Qaida and others. And experience has shown that foreign peacekeepers — foreign peacekeeping forces, well, that they keep the peace only when there is peace.

But when they’re subjected to repeated attacks, those forces eventually go home. So as long as the peace is under assault, the only force that can be relied on to defend the peace and defend Israel is the force defending its own home — the Israeli Army, the brave soldiers of the IDF. (Applause.)

I’m going to reveal to you a secret. This position may not win me universal praise.

That occasionally happens when I (state ?) our positions. But I’m charged with protecting the security of my people, the people of Israel. And I will never gamble with the security of the one and only Jewish state. (Applause.)

So as we work in the coming days, in the coming weeks, to forge a durable peace, I hope that the Palestinian leadership will stand with Israel and the United States on the right side of the moral divide, the side of peace, reconciliation and hope.

You can clap. You want to encourage them to do that. (Applause.) I do, and I know you do too.

Thank you.

My friends, one movement that’s definitely on the wrong side of the moral divide is the movement to boycott Israel, the so-called BDS. (Applause.) That movement will fail. (Applause.)

Let me tell you why. (Sustained applause.) I want to explain to you why.

Beyond our traditional trading partners, countries throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America, where I’ll soon be going to, these countries are flocking to Israel. They’re not coming to Israel; they’re flocking to Israel.

They want Israeli technology to help transform their countries as it has ours. And it’s not just the small countries that are coming to Israel, it’s also the superpowers. You know, the other superpowers: Apple, Google — (laughter) — Microsoft, Intel, Facebook, Yahoo. They come because they want to benefit from Israel’s unique ingenuity, dynamism and innovation.

And I could tell you the BDS boycott movement is not going to stop that anymore than the Arab boycott movement could stop Israel from becoming a global technological power. They are going to fail. (Applause.) And in the knowledge based century, the knowledge based economy, Israel’s best economic day are ahead of it. Mark my words. (Applause.)

Now, wait, wait. I don’t want you to get complacent — (laughter) — because the fact that they’re going to fail doesn’t mean that the BDS movement shouldn’t be vigorously opposed. They should be opposed because they’re bad for peace and because BDS is just plain wrong. (Applause.)

Most people in the BDS movement don’t seek a solution of two states for two peoples. On the contrary, they openly admit that they seek the dissolution of the only state for the Jewish people. They’re not seeking peace, they’re not seeking reconciliation. But some of their gullible fellow travelers actually do believe that BDS advances peace.

Well, the opposite is true. BDS sets back peace because it hardens Palestinian positions and it makes mutual compromise less likely.

But I think these are all important points, but not the critical important. The critical thing is that BDS is morally wrong. It turns morality on its head. This is the main point. And I can tell you, it’s not that Israel, like all states, is not beyond criticism. We have a boisterous democracy where everyone has an opinion. And believe me, no one in Israel is shy about expressing it — about anything. In Israel, self-criticism is on steroids. (Laughter.)

But the BDS movement is not about legitimate criticism. It’s about making Israel illegitimate. It presents a distorted and twisted picture of Israel to the naive and to the ignorant. BDS is nothing but a farce. Here’s why, listen: In dozens of countries academics are imprisoned for their beliefs. So the universities of which country does BDS want to sanction and boycott? Israel — the one country in the Middle East where professors can say, write and teach what they want.

Throughout the Middle East, Christians are fleeing for their lives. So which country does BDS want churches to divest from? You got it — Israel, the one country in the Middle East that protects Christians and protects the right of worship for everyone. (Applause.)

Throughout the Middle East — throughout the Middle East, journalists are jailed, gays are hanged and women are denied their most basic rights. So which country does BDS want to sanction? Take a guess. Israel — the only country in the region with a free press, a progressive gays’ rights record and where women have presided over each of the three branches of government. (Applause.)

Now, when you hear this — and anybody can verify this — so you have to wonder, how could anyone fall for the BS in BDS? (Laughter, applause.) How can they fall for this?

Well, you shouldn’t be surprised. Throughout history, people believed the most outrageously absurd things about the Jews, that we were using the blood of children to bake matzos, that we were spreading the plague throughout Europe, that we were plotting to take over the world. Yeah, but you can say how can educated people, how could educated people today believe the nonsense spewed by BDS about Israel? Well, that shouldn’t surprise you either. Some of history’s most influential thinkers and writers — Voltaire, Dostoyevsky, T.S. Eliot, many, many others — spread the most preposterous lies about the Jewish people. It’s hard to shed prejudices that have been ingrained in consciousness over millennia.

And from antiquity to the Middle Ages to modern times, Jews were boycotted, discriminated against and singled out.

Today the singling out of the Jewish people has turned into the singling out of the Jewish state. So you see, attempts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, the most threatened democracy on Earth, are simply the latest chapter in the long and dark history of anti- Semitism. (Applause.) Those who wear — those who wear the BDS label should be treated exactly as we treat any anti-Semite or bigot. They should be exposed and condemned. The boycotters should be boycotted. (Applause, cheers.)

Everyone should know what the letters B-D-S really stand for: bigotry, dishonesty and shame. (Applause.) And those who — those who oppose BDS, like Scarlett Johansson, they should be applauded. (Cheers, applause.)

Scarlett, I have one thing to say to you: Frankly, my dear, I DO give a damn. (Applause.) And I know all of you give a damn, as do decent people everywhere who reject hypocrisy and lies and cherish integrity and truth.

My friends, on behalf of the people of Israel, I bring you message from Jerusalem, the cradle of our common civilization, the crucible of our shared values. It’s a message from the Bible. (In Hebrew.) (Applause.) I have put before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life so that you and your offspring may live.

Ladies and gentlemen, my friends, never forget — America and Israel stand for life. We stand together on the right side of the moral divide. We stand together on the right side of history. (Applause.) So stand tall, stand strong, stand proud. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Thank you all. Keep doing a great job. (Applause.) Thank you.


]]> 13
Fun Fjord Fact: BDS Fails In Norway Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:56:18 +0000 There’s no getting away from it. Boycotting the Jewish state is not a good way to win friends and influence people. From Norway:

Staples, a large Norwegian department store chain, announced in December that it was going to stop selling SodaStream products from Israel following pressure from the local workers Union and pro-Palestinian groups.


Staples claimed they stopped selling the product because it sold poorly. Following a campaign by MIFF, Staples reversed its decision and returned to selling SodaStream. MIFF notified Staples it would publicize that Staples was a boycotting company, thus potentially hindering its international sales. Staples announced: “We want to make it clear: We still sells SodaStream. We take no position on political issues.”

As I contend, BDS will hurt boycotters more than it will hurt Israel. Israel’s trade with Norway, despite a hostile political class and plenty of anti Israel rhetoric in the media there, has grown for the last five straight years.


]]> 5