Plan B

Israeli Think Tank Calls for Sabotaging "Delegitimizers" of Israel By JAMES MARC LEAS While a report by an Israeli think tank has been widely condemned (1) for advocating that the Israeli government use its intelligence services to attack and sabotage non-violent human rights advocates, plan b the report is worth detailed study because it is chock full of admissions of illegitimate features of the Israeli government it desperately seeks to protect. The report, plan b “Building a Political Firewall Against Israel’s Delegitimization, plan b” is the product of a year of research by a team of Tel Aviv-based Reut Institute (2) investigators and includes contributions from more than 100 individuals in Israel, plan b the United Kingdom, plan b and the United States. Plan b While the Israeli government did not commission the report, plan b Reut officials gave a PowerPoint presentation, plan b “The Challenge of Delegitimacy to Israel’s National Security, plan b” to the Israeli Cabinet in February 2010 and to a large conference of Israeli government officials in March 2010. The report describes the “new strategic threat” created by the human rights activists’ “fundamental delegitimization” of the Israeli government. But the report also: Validates two of the three demands of the rapidly growing Boycott, plan b Divest, plan b and Sanctions (BDS) campaign: for ending the occupation and for equal rights for all Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel Admits the concern that Israel will become a pariah state if it fails to end the occupation and provide equal rights Asserts that “earnest and consistent commitment to ending occupation” and “to the equality and integration of its Arab citizens” are critical to combating delegitimization Notwithstanding the previous points, plan b asserts that the demand for equal rights is one that “unbundles Israel’s elimination, plan b” and therefore, plan b actually providing equal rights is incompatible with the Israeli government’s continued existence Admits that the Israeli government requires the ability to continue unilaterally launching “harsh” militarily attacks Admits that the delegitimization crisis is “crippling” the Israeli government’s freedom to launch such military attacks Admits the crucial importance for the Israeli government to overcome that crisis to restore its unbridled freedom to act militarily Admits that in the past the Israeli government was successful at using peace moves to obtain the legitimacy it needed for its next war Admits that its widely publicized withdrawals from Lebanon in 2000 and Gaza in 2005 were not effective to achieve legitimacy for its attack on Lebanon in 2006 or its most recent massive attack on Gaza Admits that the failure of those peace moves to achieve legitimacy for the attack on Gaza had consequences that accelerated the delegitimization. Plan b Admits that “following Operation Cast Lead, plan b” the intense criticism of the government “was expressed in the Goldstone report and in legal proceedings against IDF officers and Israeli politicians.” Admits that the legal proceedings restricted Israel military and political leaders’ freedom to travel “due to application of universal legal jurisdiction.” Admits that “the Jewish world is growing more distant from Israel” and that “criticism of Israel is more prevalent within the Jewish world than in the past” Admits that “too few of our people … are able to effectively respond to Palestinian claims or to campaigns which seek to de-legitimize the moral basis for Israel” Admits that the so-called “delegitimizers” are a loose network of non-violent activists who “punch above their weight” Despite the well-deserved condemnation the report has received for its proposal to attack human rights advocates, plan b the admissions included in the report, plan b taken together, plan b make it a valuable resource: through these admissions the Reut Institute paints the Israeli government as essentially a rogue state needing to “overhaul” its methods to maintain its ability to continue being one. Plan b But the desperate methods the Reut Institute recommends risk further accelerating its decline in legitimacy, plan b as happened when Israeli border guards denied entry to Noam Chomsky into the West Bank on May 16, plan b 2010. Plan b (3) Article can be read in its entirety at: