Israel’s “traitor” du jour is Alon Liel, the former director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. On Jan. 12, right-wing activists disseminated an audiotape from a meeting between Liel and members of Breaking the Silence. In it, Liel is heard urging them to pressure United Nations member states to vote for a Palestinian state. He is also heard saying that he has given up hope that Israel’s political establishment could change the public’s mind-set and reinstate the idea of the two-state solution on the agenda. “The political establishment is lost — lost, especially now when there’s a consensual government, with all the apparatuses, with all the spokespeople, with all the growing control over the media,” Liel said, among other things.
The conclusion, according to him, is that human rights organizations need to be proactive, initiate a move and influence local public opinion as much as possible, but mainly public opinion around the world.