Israeli mobile carrier mulls dumping Orange brand, suing after CEO backs boycott

Israeli mobile carrier Partner Communications Ltd. is considering ending its agreement with French telecom giant Orange after Orange CEO Stephane Richard said Wednesday that his company wished to distance itself from its role in facilitating Israel’s rule over the Palestinian territories.

The Israeli company is also considering additional steps such as suing Richard for damages for his boycott comments.

Speaking at a press conference in Cairo, Richard told journalists, “Our intention is to withdraw from Israel. It will take time but for sure we will do it. Believe me I would cancel the contract tomorrow if I could." He added, however, that the language of Orange’s contract with its Israeli operator precludes it from pulling out.


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