A Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) protest against Israel in Melbourne, Australia, on June 5, 2010. Credit: Mohamed Ouda via Wikimedia Commons.
(JNS.org) Israel has established a new inter-ministerial team to fight efforts to boycott the Jewish state and products manufactured beyond the Green Line, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Monday.
The creation of the inter-ministerial team, which includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and International, Intelligence, and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, was declared in the wake of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s controversial comments over the weekend warning of boycotts and isolation if Israel does not reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.
“We are not disregarding the boycott, but we are also not going into the history,” Lieberman said, according to Israel Hayom.
Netanyahu said at his cabinet meeting on Sunday, “Attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust. Moreover, they will not achieve their goal.”