Just Journalism carries an interview with Gadi Taub. Here is one of the questions and Gadi's answer to it:
At times it seems that the bulk of Israeli society has written off Europe, and Great Britain in particular, as being beyond reach. A certain strand of thinking goes that the argument was had and won here - by the Palestinians and almost exclusively on their terms... What's your assessment of Europe when it comes to Israel? Is it even worth caring about?
GT: I think that it's true that Israelis have given up on the argument in the UK. And they are more or less right, I think.
When you read all this one-sided coverage, you just shrug and go read something else. But this is mostly true of the press, and academia. I don't think that foreign policy had turned its back on Europe or that European politicians buy the line of the anti-Israeli press. So that cooperation with most EU countries goes on.
Of course, if Israel doesn't extricate itself from the occupation - which would have been over had the Palestinians agreed to partition offered them by Rabin, Barak, or Olmert, or by the Clinton Paper which went even further - it will gradually turn into a pariah state. But quite apart from that we must still insist on the difference between a critique of Israel's policies [and] a denial of its right to exist. If you say that the club of political self-determination is open to all peoples, except Jews, then this is not a critique of policy. This is anti-Semitism. It also often blends with another sentiment. British guilt over its own colonial history, and the feeling that it has created this mess at the expense of the Palestinians.
Yes, there is that difference between criticizing Israeli policies and excluding the Jews from 'the club of political self-determination'. And yes, often you 'shrug and go read something else'. But if the battle for opinion is already lost in this country, it still has to be fought. Because sometimes you persuade one person, or a few people, or more than a few, and that can end up mattering. I doubt that Gadi would disagree. (Via Yaacov.)