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September 10, 2015 10:53 am

Report: Netanyahu Tells UK That Boycotting Israel Would Be EU’s Loss

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu impressed upon British Prime Minister David Cameron that efforts in Europe to restrict trade with the Jewish state could cost the continent access to Israeli tech and strategic influence in the region, the U.K. Jewish Chronicle reported on Thursday.

According to a high-level Israeli source, the prime minister stressed that Indian and Chinese investment could surpass Europe’s in the Jewish state, especially amid increasing efforts in Europe to limit business between its companies and Jewish settlement-related enterprises.

Netanyahu’s visit to London, as well as his statements, came a few days after E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini’s announcement that the E.U. was close to finalizing policy regarding labeling products from Israeli settlements, a move supported by Britain and at least 15 other European states, including France and Spain.

Netanyahu’s message to the U.K. and Europe was clear: “Europe should support Israel — not pressure Israel, not attack Israel, but support Israel, which is the only real shield that Europe and the Middle East have against extremist Islam, which is surging,” he told reporters in London, according to the JC.

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In remarks to his British counterpart, Netanyahu encouraged closer ties between the countries, specifically on technology.

“The future belongs to those who innovate,” he said. “Britain and Israel are two great centers of technology. Israel is a global hub of innovation, especially in cyber security. And I think that if we pull our resources together we can offer a better future and great prosperity.”

Cameron and other senior British officials have rejected a boycott of Israel and actually stressed growing trade between the two countries, which British Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills Sajid Javid valued at about $7 billion per year.

Both China and India have boosted investment in Israel, with some predicting $500 million in Chinese investment for Israeli high-tech in 2015.

 

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  • Alexandra

    Of course, the people here who are talking about losses to Europe are really talking about economic losses. But those of us who boycott Made in Israel products can have a clear conscience. There are plenty of products from other countries to choose from, aren’t there? My personal boycott of Israel is now 47 years old and I haven’t suffered at all from buying Made in Elsewhere.

    There are the usual whining comments here about the boycotts being caused by hatred and antisemitism, but this is not true. The target is the reprehensible state of Zionist Israel, and there are many orthodox Jewish groups who feel the same way.

  • Camille

    It is the truth, you have just to wait and see what will happen and how much it will cost to German,

  • Camille

    I am not shure that for instance, german people are winning to have exchange a jewishpopulation, against muslims immigrants, being aware of how christians are treated in muslim countries

  • Through political history of ups and downs there is always a man who rises been aware of what is right! I call it knowledge and faith as one shape of mind which is very seldom to happen in Europe! David Cameron talks true! Beyond politics! A great man wish Europe need to stay the true Europe!

  • Through political history of up end down there is always a man who rises been aware of what is right! I call it knowledge and faith as one shape of mind which is very seldom to happen in Europe! David Cameron talks true! Beyond politics! A great man wish Europe need to stay the true Europe!

  • Mr Netanyahu is absolutely right. When Europe gave up the Jews it was Europe that sustained the worse loss.

  • Peter Joffe

    Benni is a good man and stands up for what his country needsand what civilization should be protecting. The EU is trying to be “politically Correct’ and this is leading to their downfall.When is the voice of the majority going to be heard???

  • steven L

    Mogherini represents the EU socialists and the socialists have been and remain antisemitic.
    Europe is getting closer to her dream of Eurabia, so dear to France (“60ties). See what Bet Ye’or had to say about Eurabia in the late 1960ties!!! Prophetic.

  • Ephraim

    What Bibi understands, as I am sure, is that 2000 years of antisemitism shows that logic, reason, decency, civilization, fair play, and all the other factors which help create a rational world, do not hold a candle to the undying hatred which is antisemitism. Europe will happily return to the dark ages, rather than give up their favorite prejudice.

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