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U.S. to Vote on Pro-Israeli Provisions in EU-US Free Trade

(Andrew Rettman – EU Observer)

The US Senate will on Tuesday (12 May) begin voting on legislation which could tie EU-US free trade to prevention of EU action on Israeli settlements.

One of the two items, the Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act, instructs the US Trade Representative, to “utilise free trade negotiations to discourage potential trade partners from participating in or promoting politically motivated acts of BDS [boycotts, divestment, and sanctions] against Israel.”

The second one, the US-Israel Trade Enhancement Act, obliges the US to “discourage politically motivated actions by foreign countries" and "international organisations ... that are intended to penalise or limit commercial relations with Israel.” Click here to read more.