EURASIA REVIEW - February 25, 2015
By Jonathan Cook
It was another difficult week for Israel.
In Britain, 700 artists, including many household names, pledged a
cultural boycott of Israel, and a leader of the Board of Deputies, the
representative body of UK Jews, quit, saying he could no longer abide by
its ban on criticizing Israel.
Across the Atlantic, the student body of one of the most prestigious
US universities, Stanford, voted to withdraw investments from companies
implicated in Israel’s occupation, giving a significant boost to the
growing international boycott (BDS) movement.
Meanwhile, a CNN poll found that two-thirds of Americans, and
three-quarters of those under 50, believed the US foreign policy should
be neutral between Israel and Palestine.
This drip-drip of bad news, as American and European popular opinion
shifts against Israel, is gradually changing the west’s political
culture and forcing Israel to rethink its historic alliances.
The deterioration in relations between Israel and the White House is
now impossible to dismiss, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
and President Barack Obama lock horns, this time over negotiations with