BDS Movement Suffers Several Defeats in April
Activists in the movement to Boycott, Divest and Sanction BDS) Israel got some discouraging news over the weekend as the prestigious news magazine US News & World Report published a list of the world’s most influential countries, ranking the Jewish State 8th behind the US, Russia, China, Britain, Germany, France and Japan. Elsewhere, Israeli soldiers participated alongside colleagues from several other countries in the in the Allied Spirit X drills run by the US Army’s European command throughout the month of April.
In related news, United Arab Emirates business leader Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, noted for taking bold stands on a number of social and political issues, sent out a Tweet over the weekend rhetorically asking “Why do the GCC countries not sign a peace treaty with Israel?” The Tweet further challenged readers to consider deepening cooperation with Israel “in fields of technology, agriculture, even defense.”
The move was applauded by Israeli officials, including Communication Minister Ayoob Kara who posted his own Tweet inviting Al-Habtoor to Israel, saying “It is time to end the hypocrisy in the Middle East. Iran, and only it, is the enemy of the Saudi coalition and Israel, which is the true lover of peace.”