The Republican Party plans to make the boycott of Israel illegal if it seizes control of the House and Senate

Republican Senator Rick Scott (Florida) predicted that if Republicans retake the US House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, Congress for the first time will be able to pass legislation targeting the boycott, divestment, and imposition movement. Sanctions, BDS.

While dozens of US states have passed their own laws against the boycott of Israel movement, legislation at the federal level has been held up by objections from Democrats and even some Jewish organizations who say it is excessive and infringes on free speech rights.

"If we get back control of the House and Senate next year, for the first time we'll be able to pass a law against the movement," Scott said in an interview with Senator Ted Cruz (of Texas) on the sidelines of the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual meeting last weekend in Las Vegas. The boycott, BDS,” speaking optimistically of the Republican Party's chances to build on the major victories earlier last week, namely, the defeat of Republican Glenn Youngkin over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's governor race (Day 2/11/2 2021).

But he admitted he was unsure whether US President Joe Biden would sign anti-boycott legislation, even if Republicans successfully passed it through Congress after the 2022 midterm.

“While the Biden-Harris administration will fully and permanently respect the First Amendment rights of our citizens and the American people, the United States will be a strong partner in efforts around the world likely to seek to delegitimize Israel and will work tirelessly for State Department Ned Price in July “Support for Israel’s Further Integration into the International Community.”

And the Florida senator alleged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have joined forces to prevent him from trying to pass such laws. Schumer "won't even go up in the elevator with me," Scott later claimed in his speech to nearly 700 members of the Republican Jewish Alliance, a right-wing coalition.

He also asserted that Republican control of Congress would ensure the passage of funding for the "Iron Dome" missile defense system.

Several progressive Democrats successfully stalled the approval of $1 billion in supplemental aid in the House of Representatives before the vast majority of lawmakers from both parties voted on it several days later. It has since been held back again, this time by Republican Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky), who has repeatedly blocked the Senate from approving the money over assurances it should be taken from US aid to Afghanistan.

However, Scott insisted that it was the Democrats who were preventing Congress from approving the money to Israel. "The entire Democratic Party doesn't want to do anything now," he said.

He went on to accuse the Democratic Party of "not talking about Israel." “It's not just the band (progressive team)," he said. It's not just Bernie Sanders (the Jewish senator from Vermont). They are all,” he told the RJC in his address, referring to the progressive wing of the Democratic Party in what has become the latest escalation in Republican rhetoric against their rivals.

Along with Senator Scott, Senator Cruz said that "the safety and security of Israel have been seriously compromised under the Biden Harris administration."

He referred to the normalization agreements (Abraham Accords) brokered between Israel and several Arab countries by the Trump administration, which have not yet been expanded under Biden to include other countries.

Cruz claimed that Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal were "precedents" for those agreements. He said that Biden's renewal of relations with the Palestinian Authority and his determination to return to the Iranian agreement set US policy in the Middle East backwards.

Referring to the Palestinian Authority, he said, "We should not fund an organization that funnels huge sums of money to terrorists as a reward for killing Israelis and Americans."

American law prohibits aid to the Palestinian Authority because of the salaries that the authority pays to the families of prisoners and martyrs, and none of the millions of dollars in aid cut by Trump and returned by Biden to the Palestinian Authority go directly to the Palestinian Authority, but to the United States’ humanitarian partners working on the ground. However, Cruz claimed that the "money is fungible" and that US aid still reaches the Palestinian Authority.

In his subsequent speech to the Jewish Republican Committee, Cruz criticized the Biden administration's plan to reopen the US Consulate in Jerusalem, which has historically served as a de facto mission for the Palestinians, warning that the Biden administration raises expectations and the Palestinians.


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