Basic De-Legitimization of Israel

This concept refers to the convergence of seemingly unrelated associations into a coalition that fundamentally de-legitimizes the Jewish character of the State of Israel.

Definition

The concept Basic De-Legitimization of Israel refers to the convergence of seemingly unrelated movements and associations into a coalition that fundamentally de-legitimizes the Jewish character of the State of Israel. This de-legitimization shifts from one issue to another.

Background

A wide variety of groups have made the fundamental de-legitimization of the State of Israel as their main rallying cry. These groups and associations include some Arab and Third World countries, Islamic movements, left-wing European movements and anti-Semitic groups.

Recent examples of the basic de-legitimization of Israel include the UN sponsored anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa in 2002, where the conference was diverted to focus on anti-Zionism / anti-Israeli agenda to de-legitimize Israel. Other recent examples are the trial in the International Tribunal in The Hague on the Security Fence and Anti-globalization demonstrations.

The phenomenon of de-legitimization of Israel predicts that these diverse groups will keep coalescing around issues that emanate from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hence, every Israeli gesture of confidence-building will have short lived benefits in terms of international legitimacy as the forces that de-legitimize Israel will always converge around the next outstanding issue.

Furthermore, the phenomenon of de-legitimization of Israel implies that even a Permanent Status Agreement that is implemented and brings about an End of Conflict and Finality of Claims may not bring an end to the campaign of de-legitimacy against Israel.

This campaign may then continue and converge around issues such as the status of the Arab citizens of the State of Israel who live in a state that is defined, among other things, by its Jewish character; Israel’s nuclear arsenal; and specific Israeli-Palestinian implementation issues around the Holy Sites, use of water, environmental issues, worker permits etc.