Obama weighs in on BDS settlement fight – but battle likely won’t end there

WASHINGTON – The controversy over whether laws protecting Israel from boycotts should include West Bank settlements found its way into a presidential signing statement this week. But President Barack Obama’s decision to ignore a trade law’s requirement to oppose boycotts of Israeli settlements likely won’t settle the argument.

The president said Wednesday he had signed the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 and embraced its provisions protecting Israel from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS. But Obama also said he would not observe the measure’s requirement to extend those protections to businesses in “Israeli-controlled territories.”

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Obama-weighs-in-on-BDS-settlement-fight-but-battle-likely-wont-end-there-446184

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