The Israeli Manufacturing Association claimed that people like me, who boycott Israel goods, has cost it a 5% drop in the Israeli export economy but over the last few years more and more people and companies have grown a conscience and shunned the country over it's actions in Palestine.
This week telecoms giant Orange announced that it was axing a deal which gave an Israeli mobile phone company rights to use its brand while the National Union of Students on Tuesday adopted a motion supporting international campaign for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel and there is also the campaign to have Israel suspended from international football.
Israel's relationship with it's greatest ally, the USA, is in probably the worst shape it ha sever been with Barack Obama saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's diplomatic efforts in dealing with Palestine meant 'the international community does not believe that Israel is serious about a two-state solution' which of course, Netanyhu said prior to his election when he announced that there would be no Palestinian state if he remained premier.
All approach the boycott movements that once targeted South Africa's apartheid regime although Netanyahu is manoeuvring himself into a position to claim that all criticism of Israel as being part of some anti-semitic conspiracy but that call has grown old and tired and finally we may be seeing some movement.
There were some people who backed South Africa at the time when it practised apartheid and there will be those who back Israel out of some misguided religious belief or ignorance of what is going on there but the wheels are finally in motion to drag Israel to a peace solution and not a moment to soon.