Boycott all you want. They’ll find other markets.
In light of last month’s publication of Europe’s Nuremberg guidelines, which seek to force Israel to declare that Judea, Samaria, ‘east’ Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are not part of our country, there are increasing calls in Israel to turn away from Europe toward Asia as its main trading partner. Here’s former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dore Gold.
[Former Middle East expert for the US Vice President's office David] Wurmser concludes that Israel make Asia its preferred export destination and not Europe. This is a decision Israel will have to make as it influences how it builds its energy infrastructure. If Europe begins to present itself as an unreliable trading partner, then there will be many more Israeli voices who adopt the idea of making Asia into Israel’s preferred market for its gas exports.
Professor Yisrael Aumann, Nobel prize winner in Economics, reaches a similar conclusion in an interview with Yisrael HaYom.
Is there an alternative to the West?
“There’s an economic awakening in Asia — China, Korea, India, Singapore, Kazakhstan. That’s something new. It increases global competition, and competition is good for the economy. I see it as a good thing, not just for Israel but for the whole world.”
Do you see it as the rise of a new civilization in place of the one we’ve known so far?
“I don’t want to be that kind of prophet. It’s obvious that the Far East is waking up, but it’s still too early to talk about the decline of the West. The Chinese asked me what I suggested for them. I said: ‘Learn English now so that in another 50 years, the whole world will learn Chinese.’ They’re not interested in us for nothing. Despite the political difficulties, there are games that we, as a nation, are winning. Israeli scientific research is such a victory. So are Israeli technology and the start-ups — what the world calls ‘the start-up nation.’”
Damn, I really don’t want to learn Chinese, too many dialects.