The Keneset ban on demonstrations against the Zionist state is causing a backlash inside and outside Israel.
The right wing Likud led government under the iron grip of prime minister ‘Bibi‘ Netenyahu has, it seems, bitten off more than he can chew. The object all sublime of the ban was to nip in the bud peace flotillas, fly in tillas, and protests of illegal settlements in the Palestinian occupied West Bank and Arab east Jerusalem, in violation of international law.
At the same time, as GuamDiary has noted, Israel has pulled out plugs on a multi million dollar media campaign to flagging tourism.
The Keneset ban may widen the boycott movement. Netenyahu’s clever by half strategy is now boomeranging as it attacks fundamental civil liberties of citizens of Israel, which it long denied Palestinians under its 43 occupation of the West Bank, Arab east Jerusalem, which the International Court of Justice has defined as belonging to Palestine and not to Israel to steal and populate as it sees fit with its own citizens. Ariel Sharon returned the Gaza strip to the Palestinians but that did not stop the Zionist state from waging a 22 day preemptive war dubbed ‘Cast Led’ in December 2008 because its democratically elected Hamas government refuses to recognise Israel, and reserves the right to self defence against IDF attacks. Israel alone goes the Zionist’s state argument has the right to defend itself by any means but denies it to others.
In any run of time, Israel is going to suffer condemnation at home and abroad and will see its inflexibility to come to terms with the realities of the day affect seriously its economy and standard of living.