Click for full articleNaftali Balanson.


Last Friday, the Israeli non-governmental organization B’Tselem appeared before a special session of the UN Security Council.

B’Tselem’s executive director, Hagai El-Ad, demanded “decisive international action” in order to end Israel’s presence in the West Bank.

There is nothing B’Tselem would like more than a binding Security Council resolution that imposes unfavorable terms on Israel, satisfying B’Tselem’s political vision. This would be far easier than real human rights work, such as convincing Israelis that its political agenda is both feasible and in Israel’s best interests.

The truth is, B’Tselem’s greatest diplomatic achievement has been to convince European governments to bankroll its political campaigns.