Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon on Wednesday gave a very simple lesson in the progression of the Israeli-Arab conflict: the Arabs first tried to defeat Israel on the battlefield and failed, they then turned to terrorism and failed, and now they are engaging in a no-holds-barred propaganda campaign that sadly is showing signs of success.
In an interview with Israel's Ynet news portal, Yaalon said, "When the Arabs realized they cannot defeat us with their armies, they turned to terrorism and rockets. Now they are realizing that they cannot defeat us this way either, so they are taking the path of de-legitimization."
Yaalon said this propaganda is working in Europe and some parts of the US among left-wing liberals and those who are more than happy to find a new outlet for their long-held anti-Semitic feelings. Others are simply gullible.
"The success of Israel's de-legitimization stems from several elements, such as the new anti-Semitism, which at this time is manifested through anti-Israel sentiments in practice," he said. "There is another group, the liberals, some of whom are radicals while others are naïve. People who compare our security fence to the Berlin Wall, for example, are naïve."