Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Our World: Dani Dayan and the challenge to Israeli democracy

Caroline B. Glick,

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[T]he government itself must get serious about public diplomacy. A recent report produced by the Knesset Information Center for Law Committee Chairman MK Nissim Slomiansky from the Bayit Yehudi Party showed that Israel’s public diplomacy efforts are in a state of chaos. While the government budgeted some 500 million shekels to fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, almost none has been used. The Prime Minister’s Office has used only 28 percent of its public diplomacy budget.
The Foreign Ministry has earmarked no special funds to fighting BDS. Responsibility for Israel’s public diplomacy efforts are dispersed among a half-dozen ministries with competing interests.
Due in large part to this stunning governmental failure to competently defend the country, aside from the heroic work of a few privately funded Zionist NGOs forced to punch above their weight, the ground is clear for agents of subversion to undermine the government. ...

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