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Prof. Steven Plaut

The boycotters, including their amen chorus among the radical left in Israel, are opposed to democratic rule. They want to strip the Israeli electorate of its rights of sovereignty. They want to coerce the country into accepting a program endorsed by a relative handful of Israelis and opposed by the rest.

Israelis who are not part of the leftist fringe see settlements as mine canaries that measure the true intentions of the Palestinians. They also believe Israelis have at least as much right to live in Judea and Samaria as Arabs have to live inside Israel.


Normal Israelis – still the majority – know that Jews are the true indigenous people of the Land of Israel and that they are no more “occupiers” when they live in the West Bank than Native Americans are when they live in North America.


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Steven Plaut is a professor at the University of Haifa. He can be contacted at [email protected]