בנימין נתניהו ומייק פומפאו
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Photo: GPO
U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

U.S. will take action against BDS movement, Pompeo says in Jerusalem

Secretary of state says Trump administration 'will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic', compares it to a 'cancer'; Pompeo slated to visit the Golan Heights, breaking from previous administrations' policy

i24NEWS, Reuters |
Published: 11.19.20 , 11:21
The U.S. government will take action against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and groups that support it, U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo said Thursday during a press conference in Jerusalem.
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  • "We will regard the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,' Pompeo said in a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and promised concrete steps will follow.
    בנימין נתניהו ומייק פומפאובנימין נתניהו ומייק פומפאו
    U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: GPO)
    "We will immediately take steps to identify the organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct and withdraw U.S. government support from such groups."
    Pompeo minced no words, comparing the BDS movement to "cancer," and reinstated the "ironclad" U.S. commitment to Israel's security: "During the [U.S. President Donald] Trump administration, America stands with Israel like never before."
    The state secretary also condemned Iran's regional aggression, saying that the U.S. had no intention to pull the brakes on its "maximum pressure" campaign.
    He slammed the Tehran regime as the prime state sponsor of terrorism in the world and thanked Israel for its support in the U.S. pressure campaign.
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the City of David archeological site in JerusalemU.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the City of David archeological site in Jerusalem
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits the City of David archeological site in Jerusalem
    (Photo: Mike Pompeo's official Twitter account)
    Pompeo also said he would visit the Golan Heights, territory Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War, in a break from previous administrations' policy.
    "Today I'll have the chance to visit the Golan Heights. The simple recognition of this as part of Israel, too, was a decision President Trump made (in 2019) that is historically important and simply a recognition of reality," he said.
    Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called Pompeo's visit "an active partnership in this occupation."

    Reprinted with permission from i24NEWS
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