Congress Elevates Protecting Israel from “BDS” to Key Trade Objective in Fast Track

THE AMERICAN ISRAEL PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
AIPAC Press Release
Congress Elevates Protecting Israel from “BDS” to Key Trade Objective in Fast Track

June 24, 2015

AIPAC commends Congress for including an amendment opposing anti-Israel trade and commercial practices in the “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill. With the Senate vote to approve TPA today, Congress has completed a major step to defend Israel from pernicious economic efforts by foreign governments to unfairly target our democratic ally, and to protect American businesses operating in Israel.


The provision included by Congress pushes back against actions by foreign governments to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel. Utilizing well-established congressional tools, the provision directs that one of the principal American objectives in upcoming trade negotiations will be to discourage trading partners from taking actions that would limit U.S.-Israel commerce. It also urges the U.S. Trade Representative to seek the elimination of politically-motivated economic attacks on Israel by America's free trade partners.

AIPAC praises Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) and Reps. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) who initiated this important amendment.