Haaretz, Mar. 8, 2017


The statement [this law] makes and the message it sends - that those who so deeply object to the occupation that they choose not to buy settlement products - are no longer welcome to visit, see and experience their country is a drastic shift in Israel’s relationship with the outside world.  

Historically, those who believe in Israel’s value to the world, despite the conflicts and problems, have always preached that seeing is believing.

[...] As an added bonus, the very fact that they took the time and expense to make the trip convinces me that they truly care.The opposite of love, after all, is not hatred - but distance and detachment.

[...] While the new law impacts everyone - Jewish and non-Jewish - its effect on the new generation on the Israel-Diaspora relationship will be surely particularly profound [....]

Now, for the first time, Israel is rejecting Diaspora Jews who are engaged, who have a relationship with Israel, who care about her fate so deeply they are trying to do something about it in the form of actively choosing not to support the settlements.

With this new law, the message to young Jews, and the rest of the world is no longer: “Come, see for yourself, let’s have a discussion - even an argument in which I try to change your views. We know it’s complicated, but let’s not end our relationship.”

Instead, it is: “Stay away. If you don’t agree with us, there is no place for you here.”