Free Trade Is Not An "Act of Good Will"
There are several probalems with this. First of all, as all regular readers of this blog knows, I do not think that Israel is the guilty party here . Instead, it is is Hamas and Hezbollah which is at fault here.
But even apart from this, I also object to his view that free trade agreements with other countries is an altruistic act, or an act of good will .
Free trade is always a mutually beneficial act, which because of the law of comparative advantage , will always result in a higher standard of living for all particiants.
While Israel would undoubtedely suffer more from Israeli-EU trade sanctions than the EU itself would because of the fact that the EU is much larger, with more than 450 million people versus 7 million, and as a result of this some of the worst anti-Israel fanatics might still favor sanctions on Israel even after being educated about the effects of sanctions, it is nevertheless the case that regular EU citizens would lose from anti-Israeli protectionist activities.
Whatever one's view of Israel's right to self-defence in the face of rocket attacks and kidnappings from Hezbollah and Hamas, it should be clear that trade barriers against it would harm the EU as well.