Middle East: Crumbling Boycott

In the bitter "state of war'' that the Arabs still maintain against Israel, the only weapon left is the economic blacklist of companies and persons trading with the Jewish state. Even this weapon has begun to fail, because it is clear that the penalties are boomeranging against the Arabs themselves.

Today the blacklist is full of loopholes. Arab countries do business with airlines that also service Israel. Rather than lose tourist trade, Arabs now allow cruise ships to dock at their ports after stopping at Haifa. Cairo shops still sell Sinatra records, though Frankie's "pro-Israel" tendencies have kept him on...

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