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'Boycotting Israel will Only Hurt the Palestinian Arabs'

Res. Colonel and former MK Moshe Peled notes hypocrisy, ineffectiveness of boycott threats against Israel in Arutz Sheva interview.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 2/4/2014, 9:03 AM

John Kerry
John Kerry
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Boycott threats against Israel will not only be ineffective, but backfire - according to one Israeli official. 

"The boycotts will hang over our heads, but would really threaten the Palestinian Arabs working in Judea and Samaria," Res. Colonel and former MK Moshe Peled stated to Arutz Sheva Tuesday. "This is true coexistence with the thousands of Palestinian Arabs who work with us. Go check with the SodaStream factory in Mishor Adumim; what would the Palestinian Arab workers there do if they had to return to Jericho without a job?" 

He added that US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the boycott threats Saturday, has proved once again that he in incapable of being an intermediary in negotiations. "It is unthinkable that he has strengthened the Palestinian Authority (PA), that he has chosen the anti-Israel side," Peled stated. 

Peled noted that all threats against Israel until now have shown themselves to be ineffective. "The Americans threatened us not once but many times," he explained. "During [the term of Prime Minister Yitzhak] Shamir [they] wanted a building freeze, it was a terrible boycott and here we are, still here, active and growing."

Kerry’s comments in Munich were blasted by many Israeli officials, such as Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett, who made clear that “a country has yet to be born that will give up its land because of economic threats, and we won't either. Only security will bring financial stability, not a terror state next to the Ben Gurion Airport."

Communications and Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan also criticized Kerry on Monday, saying he was not a fair intermediary in the peace talks with the PA.

"Currently threats are still heard against citizens of Israel and they try to terrorize us. When we hear John Kerry and the American State Department, we think they are wrong in their analysis of what's happening in the Middle East," he said, speaking at Arutz Sheva's eleventh annual Jerusalem Conference.

"It would be expected from someone who's supposed to be a fair and objective intermediary to also tell the Palestinian side about the price they will have to pay over their stubborn refusal to recognize the right of the Jewish people to their own nation state," remarked Erdan. "Where's the Palestinian price on all the continued incitement against Israel's existence?"