Israel-UAE, Israel-Bahrain normalization to hurt BDS movement: ministry

Categories: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

09/16/2020

Strategic Affairs Ministry said expecting those opposing normalization to unite, focus on int’l platforms

Israel’s accords to normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain could make a dent in the ideology promoted by the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry said Wednesday, as cited by Israel Hayom.

In a memo circulated among Israeli diplomats and military, the ministry analyzed the accords’ possible impact on the Palestinian-led — albeit posing as grassroots — international movement.

The memo says, as reported by the newspaper, that the UAE’s and Bahrain’s willingness to forge formal bonds with the Jewish state could deal a blow to the ideological foundations of the group.

It also points at the UAE’s decision to formally end its own boycott of Israel and Israeli-made goods as something that could compromise the BDS push for boycotting Israel.

The accords could also trigger a counter-reaction by anti-normalization parties,including the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Iran, driving them closer together, the memo warns.

As reported by Israel Hayom, the ministry anticipates that these entities would try to step up their efforts on international platforms with favorable sentiments, including the International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights Council.

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