Daily Israel Report

Former MK Eldad: The Boycotts Are Our Own Fault

Former MK Aryeh Eldad: Israel is creating a snowball effect by continuing to surrender to those who want to boycott us.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/19/2013, 5:39 AM

Professor Aryeh Eldad
Professor Aryeh Eldad
Hillel Maeir

Former MK Professor Aryeh Eldad, head of the Professors for a Strong Israel organization, said Wednesday that if the Israeli government wants to blame someone for the constant boycotts of the Jewish state, it should look in the mirror.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Eldad said the Israeli government, by agreeing to participate in the European Union’s “Horizon 2020” scientific project despite its guidelines boycotting Judea and Samaria, was creating a snowball effect that encouraged others to boycott Israel as well.

According to Eldad, the compromise reached between Israel and the EU, which stipulates that the EU will note that it does not recognize Israeli activities over the 1949 Armistice line, led to other boycotts such as the one by the American Studies Association (ASA) that was announced this week.

The American boycott is “in part the fruit of the Israeli surrender and the signing of the Horizon 2020 agreement with the European Union, in which Israel actually recognized the demand of the EU not to support settlement activity,” said Eldad, adding, “From there the way to continued boycotts against Israel was very short.”

He proceeded to slam the opposition for its failure to speak out against the Horizon 2020 agreement.

“The government should have been called to order over this disgraceful surrender, even the Knesset’s Land of Israel lobby kept quiet,” charged Eldad. “We’ve seen other examples of surrendering to pressure, such as Magen David Adom surrendering to the Red Cross. Do they expect that if we continue to give in, then the boycotts will stop?”

However, noted Eldad, it is not just the government that contributed to these boycotts, but also leftist Israeli professors. "There are enemies of Israel, including Israeli academics, who have for years called on the academic community worldwide to boycott Israel. Those traitors came from among us and grew here at our universities,” he said.

"Israel has been negligent up until now and dragged its feet when the first signs of a boycott of products from Judea and Samaria emerged. It declined to indict those factors who called for the boycotts, and now we are paying the price,” concluded Eldad.