On 14 June, the annual conference on Israel’s security opened at Herzliya. While work got stuck on the discussions agreed, (like those of the Frenchmen, Français Jean-François Copé and Bernard-Henri Lévy), the walls trembled at the hour of closing.

The former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, [now] withdrawn from political life, accused the government of Netanyahu of “fascism” (while taking care to clarify, not fascism as the term is understood in relation to the thirties and forties).

Warning against a policy that leads Israel to its downfall, he detailed his successor’s secret plan:
 1. Israel anticipates having perpetual control over the territories it conquered in 1967.
 2. Israel has no interest in a solution for both States and opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state on its border.
 3. Israel expects the rest of the world to conform and accept this reality. It expects that some difficult times – such as the terrorist attacks in Europe, the situation in Syria and so forth— will divert their attention.
 4. Israel accepts autonomy for Palestinians but does not accept that they have a right to a State.
 5. Israel patiently constructs colonies to construct, bit by bit, an irreversible title to the land.

If this programme is applied and pursued under sustained applause, it will inevitably lead Israel becoming an “Apartheid State”. And in capitals throughout the world, from London and Washington, to Berlin and Paris, to Moscow and Peking, — there is no leader that any longer believes a word issued from Netanyahu’s mouth or his government’s. Our situation, he said, in his concluding cry for revolt, is comparable to that of the former Johannesburg.

Anoosha Boralessa