Gideon Levy über Israels diplomatische Künste:
Israel has been dealing one blow after another to the rest of the world. While China has still not recovered from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s absence from the reception at its Tel Aviv embassy – a serious punishment for China’s support for the Goldstone report – France is licking its wounds after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu „vetoed“ a visit by the French foreign minister to Gaza. And Israel has dealt another blow: Its ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren, will boycott the conference next week of the new Israel lobby J Street.
China, France and J Street will somehow get by despite these boycotts, Turkey will also recover from the great vacationers‘ revolt, and we can expect that even the Swedes and Norwegians will recover from Israel’s loud reprimands. But a country that attacks and boycotts everyone who does not exactly agree with its official positions will become isolated, forsaken and detestable: North Korea of today or Albania of yesterday. It’s actually quite strange for Israel to use this weapon, as it is about to turn into the victim of boycotts itself.
Wer angesichts des Verhaltens israelischer Regierungsvertreter auf internationalem Parkett nicht wahlweise fassungslos schweigt oder sich aber vor Lachen schier nicht mehr einkriegen mag, sollte fragen: Wenn Israel sich benimmt wie ein schlecht gelauntes, süßwarenvernarrtes Kleinkind in der Einkaufsschlange vor der Kasse (dort, wo es Süßes gibt), wer will mit diesem Balg (oder: Blaach, wie man in meiner Region zu sagen pfleecht…) noch mit in den Sandkasten?
Such aggressiveness is a bad sign. It will drive away our last true friends and deepen our isolation. „A nation alone“ has turned into our goal, our isolation has become an aspiration. Whom will we have left after we attack and boycott everyone? Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League? Our propagandist-attorney Alan Dershowitz?