Obama’s White House rejects proposed trade bill for being too pro-Israel…his hatred for the Jews in Israel is now right out in the open
By Ari Yashar
The White House on late Thursday issued a statement in which it announced it partially opposes a new bipartisan trade bill, specifying only one part of the bill that calls to strengthen bilateral economic ties with Israel and fight BDS efforts to boycott the Jewish state.
The bill, entitled the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 or H.R.644, easily passed a bipartisan vote in Congress. According to the statement, US President Barack Obama intends to sign the bill into law.
However, the statement goes on to say: “As with any bipartisan compromise legislation, there are provisions in this bill that we do not support, including a provision that contravenes longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the occupied territories, including with regard to Israeli settlement activity.”
No other opposition to the bill was expressed, indicating Obama’s particular rejection of the section against BDS and the labeling of Jewish goods from certain regions. Obama has given his backing to the recent EU decision to label Jewish goods from Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights.
He also in late January issued orders to importers to label all products from Judea and Samaria as not being from “Israel.” A legal group has argued the orders were not merely “reissued” as the White House claimed, but rather indicated a policy change.
“Obama actively delegitimizes Israel”
A senior congressional aide involved in the matters of the bill was quoted by Washington Free Beacon as expressing shock at the White House statement, and the way it singles out Israel.
“This administration never misses an opportunity to take a swipe at Israel – even if it means criticizing bipartisan anti-BDS measures passed unanimously in the House and Senate,” said the source.
“Don’t fall for any White House doublespeak: Opposing efforts to combat BDS equates to supporting BDS. That’s why history will show that President Obama actively advanced a movement solely aimed at delegitimizing the State of Israel.”
The bill in question calls among other things to “discourage actions by potential trading partners that directly
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