Uri Avnery (Who’s Laughing, Nov 2010) wrote that senior Peace Now operatives have met with the Foreign office making a point that they served a useful purpose in providing an image that Israel was not all right-wing/settlers, but that there was also a liberal side. Avnery writes:
The topic of the meeting is even more amazing. As reported, the Peace Now people proposed “cooperation” with the Foreign Office. It would be good for you, they told their host, to distribute Peace Now material around the world, in order to show that Israel is not only a state of occupation and settlements, but also of peaceniks. That would improve the image of the state and help the Foreign Office to silence the critics. In other words: the “Senior Peace Now Members” are prepared to serve as fig leaves for Netanyahu’s government and for Lieberman’s Foreign Office. They offer them an alibi. The Peace Now movement enjoys a very positive reputation all over the world. People remember them for the giant protest demonstration after the Sabra and Shatila massacre. The impression is widespread that it is the sole peace movement in Israel. The world media treat it graciously, while practically ignoring all other Israeli peace forces.
Maybe yet another indication that PN is part of the problem, and they are simply meant to be a hasbara figleaf.