There’s a reason that the liberal Zionists are silent. They anticipate that within a couple of months Secretary of State John Kerry will announce a “framework” for negotiations toward a final-status agreement.
I disagree. Liberal Zionists like Peter Beinart and various JStreet activists deploy a lot of empty talk about being willing to boycott settlements to preserve what Beinart calls “democratic Israel.” Even though Johansson used this precise phrase to describe the settlement industrial zone, Beinart cannot escalate his criticism of SodaStream, Johansson or Oxfam. Other Zionists who talk about their willingness to boycott settlements or the legitimacy of boycotting settlements are doing no better, either.
Why? It’s because they can’t abide taking a back seat in a solidarity movement led by Palestinians, even if it is within campaigns and organizations that are perfectly aligned with their purported principles.
Their inability to actually put actions behind their words will be what totally destroys their credibility within their community and among the most liberal, mainstream-friendly solidarity activists. The constituencies on the margins of liberal Zionist communities will be easy pickings for us to bring in to campaigns of effective action, even if it’s only about targeting settlements outside the 1948 territories.