The coincidence of the NSO and Ben and Jerry's stories reveals the duality of Israel's response to BDS: NSO shows Israel is economically robust against 'threat' of BDS as tech sector is unboycottable and repressive states provide lucrative markets outside lib democracies. 1/
While BDS may not threaten Israeli economy, the Ben and Jerry's story shows just how far, economically and socially, Israel still cares about being part of the 'west' and how far US soft power still matters. The prospect of being shunned by US brands is disturbing to Israelis 2/
BDS, if it makes deeper inroads wouldn't be an economic threat, it would just deepen ties to authoritarian states. But cultural threat is existential. Israel may be becoming part of da facto bloc of oppressive states, but it doesn't want to be a cultural part of that bloc. End/
Would add to this that impact of BDS on Diaspora Jews is a v different matter. There is a case for arguing that, while BDS isn't a serious threat to Israelis, it has a much more serious impact on Diaspora Jews.

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