Many on the far-left oppose Israel’s existence. In an attempt to hurt them financially, a number of liberal businesses have organized together to stop trading with the country. They believe that by doing so, Israel will be forced to give control of the land back to Palestinians. However, their actions are not going unpunished. Some conservatives are starting to take action against companies hostile to Israel.
Greg Abbott (R), the Governor of Texas, just signed a bill that prevents state agencies from giving out contracts to companies that boycott Israel. Now, any business that refuses to trade with the country won’t be able to work on public projects. This shows that the state won’t tolerate those who oppose the nation.
According to reports, Abbott signed House Bill 89, which targets the Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement, this past Tuesday. Companies involved refuse to support Israel in any way. Now, any company doing so will be unable to work for the Texas state government. The bill, which was authored by State Rep. Phil King (R), orders the state comptroller to “prepare and maintain, and provide to each state governmental entity, a list of all companies that boycott Israel” and prohibits the state from working with any organization listed.
The legislation, also known as the Anti-BDS bill, was signed at the Jewish Community Center in Austin on the Israel’s Independence Day. In a press statement Abbott said, “I am proud to have commemorated Israel’s Independence Day by signing into law Anti-BDS legislation in Texas,” adding, “as Israel’s number one trading partner in the United States, Texas is proud to affirm its support for the people of Israel and we will continue to build on our historic partnership.” He also noted, “Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally.”
Charles Kaufman, who chairs the B’nai B’rith’s International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy, praised the new law, stating, “the measure Gov. Abbott signed today became law with bilateral support because Texas stands with its business partners and for free trade. In her 69 years, Israel has become a thriving, burgeoning state by enjoying and sharing the fruits of individual freedom and a pioneering spirit for innovation and entrepreneurism.”
Israel is an important ally for the United States. They give us excellent access to the Middle East and are pretty much the only thriving democracy in the region. Without them, the situation in the Gulf would be much worse. However, thanks largely to the United States, Israel is doing extremely well. As a result, we’re able to more effectively deal with problems in the region.
The worst problem in the region is the so-called “Islamic State.” They’re responsible for a massive amount of terror in the region. When President Donald Trump first took office, they directly challenged the United States and openly mocked the new president. “America, you have drowned and there is no savior, and you have become prey for the soldiers of the caliphate in every part of the earth, you are bankrupt and the signs of your demise are evident to every eye,” they stated, adding, “there is no more evidence than the fact that you are being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is…die of spite America, die of spite, a nation where both young and old are racing to die in the name of God will not be defeated.”
Thankfully, the Trump administration understands that ISIS is a major threat to the United States. To prove this, the U.S. military recently dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on a jihadi stronghold in Afghanistan, killing many terrorists. Israel helps us monitor them, giving us the upper hand. Without their help, it would be much more difficult to fight terrorism in the Middle East.
They also help us deal with Syria. Earlier this year, the country’s dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, used chemical weapons on his own people. In response, we launched over 50 missiles at the airfield where the planes responsible for using the illegal nerve agent took off. Israel helps ensure that we have easy access to the country.
Iran, the number one state sponsor of terrorism, is another major regional and global threat that Israel helps us with. The Iranian regime has been accused of harassing U.S. naval vessels, conducting cyber attacks, arbitrarily detaining foreigners including U.S. citizens, and violating U.N. resolutions by carrying out a series of missile tests. They’ve also helped fund terrorist activity in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon, and Israel. “Everywhere you look if there is trouble inside the region you find Iran,” noted Defense Secretary James Mattis. Without Israel, Iran would be a much more powerful.
Like ISIS, Trump and his team have shown that they won’t tolerate threats to our national security. Just recently, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned the country’s push to acquire nuclear weapons and announced that he would be conducting a “comprehensive review” of the nuclear deal we have with the country. “The evidence is clear Iran’s provocative actions threaten the U.S., the region, and the world,” he announced. Additionally, he said, “[the] deal represents the same failed approach of the past that brought us to the current imminent threat we face in North Korea,” he added, noting, “the Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran.”
Many conservatives are extremely happy that Tillerson is taking a second look. Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida, was worried about Iran taking advantage of the deal. He reasoned, “history is full of examples of when you enable people or regimes who don’t embrace democratic values you get a bad result…it’s called appeasement.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also opposed the agreement. He claimed the deal is a “possible death sentence for Israel,” adding, “my initial impression is that this deal is far worse than I ever dreamed it could be and will be a nightmare for the region, our national security and eventually the world at large.”
Conservatives in Texas are showing the rest of the country how to deal with the authoritarian left. By avoiding businesses that boycott Israel, the state is sending a clear message that the BDS movement is not welcome there. Other states should learn from them and pass similar laws.