Sunday, July 23rd | 29 Tammuz 5777

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
May 25, 2016 9:44 am

Israeli Foreign Ministry Falls Short of Goals in BDS Fight, Government Report Says

avatar by JNS.org

Email a copy of "Israeli Foreign Ministry Falls Short of Goals in BDS Fight, Government Report Says" to a friend
A BDS protester. A new report says Israel's Foreign Ministry is failing to achieve its “designated goals” in the fight against the BDS movement. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

A BDS protester. A new report says Israel’s Foreign Ministry is failing to achieve its “designated goals” in the fight against the BDS movement. Photo: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A new report issued by the Israeli state comptroller says that the country’s Foreign Ministry is failing to achieve its “designated goals” in the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

“Foreign Ministry projects meant to improve Israel’s image in target communities around the world are lacking in their planning, management, and implementation, and are failing to achieve their designated goals,” said the report, issued by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira.

While there have been some efforts to combat the BDS movement, overall the Foreign Ministry “has a hard time presenting achievements relating to efforts to delegitimize Israel around the world: in academic circles, culture, trade unions, and the general public in the target countries,” the report said.

Related coverage

July 22, 2017 1:24 pm
0

Anti-Israel Protests Held in Turkey, Jordan Over Temple Mount Security Measures

Demonstrations in support of Palestinian worshipers in support of their struggle against the new Temple Mount security measures were held...

The report specified a number of failed strategies, including those of Israel’s relatively new Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Relations, which was tasked in 2013 with countering the BDS movement and has had problems cooperating with the Foreign Ministry.

“As of 2015, the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Relations has still not put into place its own operational work plans and still lacks the operational advantages that are built into the Foreign Ministry, including the professional knowledge and experience…required to manage a campaign effectively against BDS,” the report said, adding, “Reports from missions abroad have made it clear that the problems in this area have steadily exacerbated.”

The report also said that only about 8 percent of the Foreign Ministry’s annual budget is used for diplomatic activity, including development aid, conference, and hasbara (public diplomacy).

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner

Algemeiner.com