I support BDS, the Boycott, Divestment, Sanction movement. Over the years, we have had many boycotts. Nearly all have brought great benefit to Israel. Let’s take a closer look.
In 1954, the Israel Air Force was looking for a new jet fighter. The IDF’s first choice was for the North American F-86 Sabre but the U.S. under president Dwight D. Eisenhower refused to allow the sale; you could call it a boycott. As a result, Israel turned to France and began a long cooperation with Dassault, starting with the purchase of the very poorly designed Mirage IIICJ. This aircraft was so problematic that Israel and France cooperated in the development of the Mirage 5.
Thanks for the boycott, Mr. Eisenhower.
In 1967 France boycotted Israel. As the Six Day War broke out, French president Charles de Gaulle imposed an arms embargo against Israel. The delivery of 50 Mirage 5s built specially for the Israel Airforce was stopped before it even began. But this boycott led directly to Israel developing her own aircraft industry. Israel had already obtained drawings and detailed information for the Mirage, which were used to produce the Nesher. Its airframe was identical to the Mirage 5, but it was fitted with Israeli-built avionics. (The IAF’s Nesher performed well in the 1973 Yom Kippur War with over a hundred ‘kills’.)
Thanks for the boycott, France.
During the 1969–70 War of Attrition, the US promised Israel a certain piece of military equipment but every time the fighting died down, delivery was postponed. A certain hi-tech industry decided to develop a home-grown Israel version. But once the IDF started testing a working prototype, the US removed all restrictions and supplied the equipment. This left us with a lot of know-how, but no opportunity to manufacture the device.
Thanks for the boycott, America.
Great Britain and Israel collaborated on a custom version of Britain’s Chieftain tank. Work on the development of a domestically produced tank, the “Sabra” was stopped. However, in 1969, Britain reneged on its commitments and decided not to sell the tank to Israel for ‘political reasons’. (Israel had had the temerity to use old tanks, purchased from Britain, to defend herself in the 1967 Six-day war.) Reaction to this boycott was not long in coming; Israel developed the Merkava main battle tank, and the IDF soon had a much better tank than anything that Britain could produce.
Thanks for the boycott, Britain.
There are many positive aspects to BDS. Recently, one Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, for some reason known better as Lorde, cancelled her concert in Tel Aviv. That’s a relief for busy Tel Avivians who would have had to put up with traffic jams. And we will not have to listen to the screeching of a 21-year old who admits to being totally ignorant of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but is quite happy to pontificate on a subject that she knows nothing about.
Thanks for the boycott, Lorde.
I am now waiting for the free, world-wide publicity when my books, The Len Palmer Mysteries from Amazon, are banned!