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2016 Annual Assessment

It is important to recognize that although these successes are important, they should not distract Israel supporters from the larger issue. Many (including some BDS supporters) are mistaken in thinking that the struggle is a limited one surrounding BDS campaigns and the damage they could cause to Israel’s economy – i.e. that enough economic damage will convince Israel to change its policies. However, these initiatives cannot alone defeat anti-Israel activists.

As noted, the real achievement is that these legislative initiatives, in blocking a key tool from the anti-Israel activist’s arsenal, force the BDS movement into a reactive position, and provide a cushion of breathing space for pro-Israel activists.
In this crucial time, it is imperative that the pro-Israel community, including the Government of Israel, work diligently, cooperatively, proactively and creatively to reclaim and reframe the positive narrative surrounding Israel’s legitimacy.

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