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Pompeo: US to recognize the BDS movement as antisemitic

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Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced Thursday that the US will recognize the BDS movement as antisemitic.

BDS (The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement) is a Palestinian-led movement promoting boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel. The movement was started in 2005 and its ultimate goal is to eliminate Israel.

Pompeo met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and said that he wants to join with all the other nations that “recognize BDS for the cancer that it is.”

Pompeo later released a statement that said the US “strongly opposes the global discriminatory boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaign and practices that facilitate it, such as discriminatory labeling and the publication of databases of companies that operate in Israel or Israeli-controlled areas.”

He added that “anti-Zionism is antisemitism.”

The US will deny government support to groups that participate in the movement and the State Department will review its funds to make sure none are going to entities that support the BDS campaign, including foreign aid funding.

Netanyahu said the decision is “simply wonderful.”

Moreover, Netanyahu said that the partnership between Israel and the US in recent years is evidence that “the United States has no better friend than the State of Israel and Israel has no better friend in the world than the United States of America.”

The Prime <inister thanked President Donald Trump for recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights, leaving the Iran nuclear deal, putting “crippling sanctions” on Iran, killing Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, and for putting forward “the first truly realistic plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and for helping Israel forge peace with three Arab countries.”

“We are deeply grateful for all President Trump has done to strengthen Israel and advance peace,” Netanyahu said. “We are grateful for your unwavering support.” 

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Israel Defense Forces say coalition successfully intercepted over 99 percent of Iranian drones, missiles

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The U.S., U.K, France, and Jordan came together with Israel to intercept the onslaught of Iranian drones targeting Israel, according to multiple reports.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded defiantly, saying his country is “strong” and prepared to defend itself from any threat.

“Our defense systems are deployed, and we are prepared for any scenario, both in defense and offense. The State of Israel is strong, the IDF is strong, the public is strong,” Netanyahu said.

“We appreciate the US for standing by Israel’s side as well as the support of the UK, France and many other countries,” he continued.

“I established a clear principle — whoever hurts us, we will hurt them. We will defend ourselves from any threat and we will do so calmly and with determination.”

In conjunction with the attack, Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei launched a tirade against Israel on Saturday and blamed the Jewish state for the recent attack on an Iranian compound in Damascus, Syria.

“The malicious regime has made a wrong move in this case. It should be punished and it will be punished,” he said of Israel.

National Review reports:

Iran typically targets Israel through its network of well-resourced regional proxies such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Israel continues to fights its war against Hamas sparked by the terrorist group’s mass civilian slaughter and rape on October 7.

Hamas rejected another temporary cease-fire proposal after negotiations began in Cairo, Egypt last weekend between U.S., Qatari, and Egyptian officials. The cease-fire proposal would have seen Israel exchange hundreds of Gazan prisoners for dozens of the hostages held in captivity by Hamas.

As for injuries, a seven-year-old girl suffered severe injuries from shrapnel that fell directly onto her home. She was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery for a head wound. An estimated 31 people in total were treated for stress and minor injuries.

 

 

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