Jun. 12, 2015
- Boycott Movement Grows, But Israel Fights Back – Oren Liebermann
The BDS movement made front-page headlines after Stephane Richard, CEO of Orange, a French telecommunications company, said last week in Cairo that he would cut ties with the company’s Israeli partner “tomorrow” if he could. After Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli politicians blasted Richard’s comments, Richard apologized for his remarks, said he was misunderstood, and is expected in Israel this week to clarify his comments.
To counter the growing influence of the movement, Jewish-American mega-donors Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban bridged their political differences and pledged to start and fund an anti-boycott movement. “This isn’t over. This is just the beginning,” Saban told Channel 2 Israel about the Orange CEO and the boycott movement. “Any company that chooses to boycott business in Israel is going to look at this case, and once we’re done, they’re going to think twice whether they want to take on Israel or not. Trust me, this is just the beginning.” (CNN)