Wed Feb 6, 2019, 03:40 AM

Senate Passes Pro-Israel Bill, Measure Also Rebukes Trump

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed a Mideast policy bill on Tuesday including a measure that would allow states to penalize businesses that take part in boycotts of Israel and an amendment that breaks with President Donald Trump by opposing any plans for an abrupt withdrawal of troops from Syria.

The amendment called on the Trump administration to certify conditions had been met for the groups’ “enduring defeat” before any significant withdrawal from Syria or Afghanistan.

The bill also includes provisions supported by both Republicans and Democrats to impose new sanctions on Syria and guarantee security assistance to Israel and Jordan. Those are seen as efforts to reassure allies worried about shifts in U.S. policy, including Trump’s Syria plan.

To become law, however, the bill would need to pass the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, where it is unlikely to move without significant changes because of concerns about the provision addressing the “Boycott, Divest and Sanction” movement targeted at Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.

Opponents of that provision argue that Americans’ participation in boycotts is protected by the constitutional right to free speech.


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SatansSon666 Feb 2019 #1

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Wed Feb 6, 2019, 06:20 AM

1. Penalize businesses that boycott Israel.


Poor Israel.
God's chosen people indeed.

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