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February 3, 2014 10:00 am

Israeli Economy Minister Bennett Mocks Boycott Threats, Again

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Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett mocking the threats to boycott Israel, on Facebook. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett mocking the threats to boycott Israel, on Facebook. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday mocked the threat of economic boycotts against Israel, referring to a headline from the Israeli daily Ha’aretz that said U.S. technology giants Microsoft and Amazon were eyeing Israeli cyber-security firms to acquire as research and development centers.

On Facebook, Bennett posted a link to the article and a screenshot from the newspaper’s site, and wrote one line of commentary: “Another typical day of the boycott.”

Bennett’s comments came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking at his cabinet meeting, had to address the boycott threat directly, describing calls to “impose a boycott” on Israel as “immoral” and “unjust,” and said they would be ineffective at compelling his government to make any decision that would be against Israel’s interests.

The two Israeli leaders were responding to comments on Saturday from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who warned that a failure of the current peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority could lead to more international boycotts against the Jewish state.

“Today’s status quo absolutely, to a certainty, I promise you, 100 per cent, cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable. It’s illusionary. There’s a momentary prosperity, there’s a momentary peace,” Kerry said on Saturday, at a Munich conference.

On Sunday, Bennett had responded: “We expect our friends around the world to stand beside us against anti-Semitic boycott efforts targeting Israel, and not for them to be their amplifier.”

Last month, Bennett also took to Facebook to question threats of international isolation by recounting the many international meetings he’d held that day.

On Facebook, Bennett listed his “day so far,” which included meeting an Indian delegation to establish a joint research fund, establishing a booster for Israeli start-up companies in Shanghai, China, and approving final guidelines for joint technology investments with Germany. Earlier that week it had been reported that several Northern European-based pension funds were considering dumping their Israeli investments to boycott the Jewish state.

That day, he’d also met with the Canadian Prime Minister and Canada’s Ministers of Trade, Industry and Natural Resources to discuss upgrading Israel’s Free Trade Zone agreement with the ally, while he attended a presentation on progress on Free Trade Zone negotiations with Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, and granted a green light for a feasibility survey towards opening Free Trade Zone negotiations with Vietnam.

“This international isolation situation is not easy,” Bennett joked online.

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  • rahelli@live.se

    Long live Israel

  • jb willikers

    ” “We expect our friends around the world to stand beside us against anti-Semitic boycott efforts targeting Israel, and not for them to be their amplifier.”

    Don’t expect Kerry to stand beside Israel – he hardly stands by the US. He is too stupid to understand such concepts as loyalty, honesty, trust, honor etc. He has never demonstrated them in his own life why would he start now?

  • NCS

    Israel will not be pushed by Washington threats. American Jewish Zionists need to make their collective voices heard by our government who enjoy their current offices primarily because of American Jewish money….sad to say.

    • MartyNYC

      Is American Jewish money the reason why Israel gets 3 billion a year from the Uncle Sam? Sad to say.

  • Yale

    Maybe Bennett should compares Kerry’s lose remarks to those of Minister Ya’alon. Which of them is closer to reality? Which is more likely to get someone killed?

    • esther noodelman

      Why do we have to deal with people who will help get us killed if they don’t like what we say ?

  • Ted Sternberg

    Kerry is like the guy who says, “Nice store you have there. It would be a shame if someone burned it down.”

  • Dov

    Maybe the world is thinking of boycotting America and this is what Kerry was referring too…

  • Eric R.

    Bennett, to his credit has been out in front of trying to reduce Israel’s dependence on Europe and increase trade with India, China, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc., where Jews are actually admired.

    One other thing they should do in this regard is encourage non-European tourism. Koreans and Latin Americans are increasingly turning to Evangelical Christianity, and thus would make prime audiences to target. And of course, Filipinos, being Catholic, would present another big potential market. Even Malaysia, one of the world’s most Jew-hating countries, thanks to Mr. Mathatir, allows its Christians to make pilgrimages to Israel.

    • Shalom-Hillel

      Very interesting comment. Those are important points.

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