The World: The Superfluous Boycott

In Jerusalem this week, a veteran Israeli diplomat named Tuvia Arazi will go on pension and the Political-Economic Planning Division that he directed will be shut down. "We're superfluous," says Arazi, 58, a onetime underground fighter and Ambassador to Cyprus. But he says it with a smile. The Political-Economic Planning Division is actually Israel's antiboycott office, set up eleven years ago to thwart the efforts of 18 Arab countries to choke Israel economically. "The boycott does us infinitesimal harm now," says Arazi. "It is so inefficient and ineffective that we simply don't need...

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