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  •  Ahhh, thank you. I like that acronym. (4+ / 0-)

    "Death is the winner in any war." - Nightwish/Imaginareum/Song of myself.

    by doingbusinessas on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:23:35 PM PDT

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    •  The method was proven effective against (16+ / 0-)

      Apartheid South Africa.

      Boycott goods and services of the country.

      Divest from investments in corporations who participate in the Occupation of Palestine.

      Sanction the nation for its misdeeds.

      Consumers do the Boycotting, consumers and investors do the divesting (putting financial pressure on those corporations) , and the governments will eventually be brought around to placing economic sanctions on the offending nation.

      It ended Apartheid in South Africa.  It can end the Occupation of Palestine.

      Celtic Merlin

      Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

      by Celtic Merlin on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:29:52 PM PDT

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      •  Unfortunately, our government will have (1+ / 0-)
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        a hard time enacting sanctions.
        Aside from the fanatical pressure that proIsrael voices will bring to bear, we have a dangerous dependency on Israel when it comes to military technology.
        Israel supplies us with the software for many of our most sophisticated systems, including the Aegis missile system, Total Battlefield Information systems, our drones and, I just learned today, the helmet mounted display systems without which the F-35 JSF is useless.
        Sanction those companies and our military machine goes blind, literally. Sets back our military technology 2 or 3 decades.
        And these are systems that are proprietary to Israeli companies, hellishly complex and would be impossible for us to reverse engineer in any kind of reasonable timeframe.
        As a result, Israel has a unified lobby in Washington and I'm not talking about AIPAC, they are small potatoes compared to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the entire Pentagon.
        If not for that leverage, we could end the Israel problem with two phone calls, One to Netanyahu and one to Ban Ki Moon, stating that we withdraw our solitary support for Israel's lawlessness.

        If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

        by CwV on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:05:26 AM PDT

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        •  BDS is not a government-centric approach (0+ / 0-)

          It is something that happens when companies and individuals begin to use it.  There are governments who also support this approach.

          Also, BDS does not boycott Israel as such, but rather products and services emanating from the Occupied Territories.  I don't know where the companies who produced the various software products you refer to are located, but it's likely that most or all of them are located in Israel proper, and therefore would not be targeted by the BDS campaign.

          Regarding the possibility of broader sanctions, which may be what you're contemplating in your comment, (i) anything can be reverse-engineered or duplicated; (ii) if this sort of exposure exists I rather think that the US military will see it as an unacceptable vulnerability once they realize it; (iii) if Israel were to respond in that fashion to US sanctions, I think that they would quickly find out that the sanctions could be expanded far enough to effect a VERY rapid resolution of the whole issue.

        •  Having said all that (in my comment above) (0+ / 0-)

          I also will say that - as we all know - there is no danger whatsoever in having the US as a country impose any sanctions in any form or to any extent on Israel and its actions.

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