Notes on a (boycott) scandal
By Orlando Radice
July 15, 2011
There is a sad footnote to Israel’s passing of the much-derided ‘Boycott Bill’.
The fact that Benjamin Netanyahu did not turn up to vote reveals the degree to which he is unwilling or unable to upset his coalition partners.
Bibi is now trying to fight off a second bill whose democratic credentials are at best questionable – the proposal for a committee to be established to investigate human rights organisations – presumably thinking that the first concession should have been enough to secure his power base in the Knesset.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is vowing “revenge” over this rebuttal, and Bibi’s tactics are looking more and more like fruitless appeasement.
Talking of fruitlessness, anyone for peace talks?