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US won’t defend West Bank settlements against boycotts


The US State Department has made clear that new trade legislation will not affect its policy on Israeli settlements over the 1967 lines.

How prepared is the Obama administration to defend Israel against the boycott movement against it? Will Washington act against the global efforts to single out Israel as a target for sanctions in protest against its occupation of the West Bank? Yesterday, the US administration provided an answer to these questions, and it can be summed up as follows: the US opposes to the use of the boycott weapon against Israel, but when it comes to “Israeli-controlled territories”, it’s a different story.

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It’s not clear how the Obama administration can oppose a boycott of Israel and but not “Israeli-controlled territories”, when at least some of the calls to boycott Israel are based on Israel’s continuing control of the territories…


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