re: #8 CuriousLurker
The movement is called BDS, literally meaning Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions—but the D could easily stand for Delegitimization. The most recent dust up is theoretically over settlements, but the memory is short because Oslo allowed such construction. I have heard arguments, I remember one in particular on a panel discussion show. Everyone on the panel said that they all believed the Palestinians should have a state, except for the Palestinian representative, who made that case that Israel should not be there at all. This speaker did not want only a state, she wanted to see the elimination of Israel.
This particular turn, trying to destroy Israel by means other than military means came after the Arab nations realized that they weren’t going to be able to destroy Israel militarily.
It should be noted that this group of historically constant people, the truly antisemitic, are not confined to either the left or the right. Rather, they are simply looking for shelter in a cause the others will get behind. Even the Nazis were hiding under the umbrella of bringing economic progress, of fighting the kind of horrors that the world already knew Stalin was committing. They also hid under the umbrella of unifying an incredibly fragmented German political system—so fragmented that the Nazis did not win any election.
Whenever there is a movement for social change, they will be there. They may not raise their heads from under the rocks until they feel safe, but they are indeed there.
I don’t know what specific groups Netenyahu has in mind. However for us, getting into Israel, as Jewish looking a family as is possible, was difficult, spending quite a bit of time being interviewed, I guess it was at customs. They were looking for regular looking folks who come to organize events that very well might lead to bloodshed or injury. Israel is under constant assault.