Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Condemns Former Diplomat for Aiding BDS
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely condemned a former member of the diplomatic corps for abetting the campaign to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel (BDS), the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Wednesday.
“Regretfully, this man has become an active accomplice to parties seeking to harm Israel,” Hotovely, an MK from the ruling Likud Party, wrote in a statement about Alon Liel, after it was revealed that the former director-general of the Foreign Ministry had coached members of the leftist Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence on how to assist outside elements in their efforts to boycott Israel.
Liel’s activity was exposed by the right-wing organization “Ad Kan,” which infiltrated Breaking the Silence — the controversial group of former IDF soldiers and officers who insist that the Israeli army commits war crimes against the Palestinians.
The Ad Kan activist who managed to get himself positioned in the upper echelons of Breaking the Silence took part in a meeting with Liel, a long-time Israeli diplomat and chairman of the Israel-Syria Peace Society.
“The years that have passed have caused [Liel] to forget his obligation to the state,” Hotovely wrote. “His active role in the service of the anti-Israel BDS movement, and his activity in the diplomatic arena, with the cynical use of his position as a former Foreign Ministry official, stain Israel’s foreign service and serve the interests of the Israel-haters. I wish to express disgust over his activities against the state, and strongly condemn all Israelis who engage in such activity.”
The report did not describe how Liel coached members of Breaking the Silence, neither did nrg provide a statement from Liel.