On the facebook Keith observes
So what has changed in a year? If we compare Netanyahu’s speeches to AIPAC in 2014 and 2013, it is obvious that the intervening year has seen one very important development.
Both speeches have sections on Iran, Syria, the so-called peace process and the importance ofIsraeli technology. Obviously these are messages that he is keen to repeat to his supporters. Nothing it appears has changed. Until we come to the end of this year’s address to AIPAC. A significant portion of his address was devoted to attacking the BDS movement. That fact alone shows how significant the movement has become and the threat it poses for Netanyahu and his government. In the same way that the anti-apartheid movement was first ignored and then attacked by those trying to defend the apartheid regime of South Africa, so we see the same process being repeated with the BDS movement. It shows that it is winning and like the anti-apartheid movement is gaining ever greater popular support and crucially changing perceptions about the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinians.
It can no longer be ignored! Just how significant it has become is demonstrated by the fact that it is accorded as much space in this year’s address to AIPAC as Iran and its nuclear programme.