Obama Admin Rejects New Trade Bill Because It Is Too Pro-Israel

ByPamela Geller on February 11, 2016
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Obama’s Islamic upbringing permeates everything he does.

“White House Rejects New Trade Bill Because It Is Too Pro-Israel,” By  Adam Kredo,

“Obama admin continues to fight against anti-BDS measures,”

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The White House has announced its opposition to a new bipartisan trade bill because of a portion of the legislation that would strengthen the U.S.-Israel economic relationship, according to a statement issued late Thursday.

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, which the White House says it mostly supports, overwhelmingly passed on a bipartisan vote.

“The president intends to sign H.R.644 into law to help strengthen enforcement of the rules and level the playing field for American workers and businesses,” the statement reads.

However, a portion of the bill that seeks to enhance U.S.-Israeli economic ties drew criticism from the White House, which announced that it would not support these new provisions.

The White House did not explicitly express its opposition to any other part of the comprehensive trade legislation.

Congress directed in the bill that the U.S. government work to strengthen its economic ties with Israel and boost efforts to combat international boycotts of the Jewish state.

The Obama administration’s rejection of this effort comes on the heels of a controversial memo mandating that the U.S. trade community label Jewish goods produced in disputed areas of the West Bank.

Elements of the pro-Israel community and many in Congress objected to this order, claiming that it encourages boycotts of the Jewish state. The Obama administration separately has endorsed a European Union effort to label Jewish goods, a policy that Israeli leaders have described as patently anti-Semitic in nature.

Congress moved earlier this week on legislation that would facilitate divestment from anti-Israel companies by state and local governments.

The White House, in its latest statement, expressed opposition to certain congressional efforts aimed at combatting the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment movement, also known as BDS, which aims to wage economic warfare on Israel.

“As with any bipartisan compromise legislation, there are provisions in this bill that we do not support, including a provision that contravenes longstanding U.S. policy towards Israel and the occupied territories, including with regard to Israeli settlement activity,” the White House said, referring to efforts to stop the labeling of Jewish goods.

One senior congressional aide who works on these issues expressed surprise at the administration’s statement, saying that it goes out of its way to single out Israel.

“This administration never misses an opportunity to take a swipe at Israel—even if it means criticizing bipartisan anti-BDS measures passed unanimously in the House and Senate,” the source said. “Don’t fall for any White House doublespeak: Opposing efforts to combat BDS equates to supporting BDS. That’s why history will show that President Obama actively advanced a movement solely aimed at delegitimizing the State of Israel.”

The bill seeks to combat the BDS movement. 

Congress “supports the strengthening of United States-Israel economic cooperation and recognizes the tremendous strategic, economic, and technological value of cooperation with Israel,” the legislation states.

It goes on to support “efforts to prevent investigations or prosecutions by governments or international organizations of United States persons on the sole basis of such persons doing business with Israel, with Israeli entities, or in Israeli-controlled territories,” according to the legislation. 

Additionally, Congress extends support to “American States examining a company’s promotion or compliance with unsanctioned boycotts, divestment from, or sanctions against Israel as part of its consideration in awarding grants and contracts and supports the divestment of State assets from companies that support or promote actions to boycott, divest from, or sanction Israel.”

The legislation also mandates that the United States work to eliminate “state-sponsored unsanctioned foreign boycotts against Israel or compliance with the Arab League Boycott of Israel by prospective trading partners,” according to the bill.

Additional portions of the legislation direct U.S. trade partners and companies that may have been participants in efforts to boycott Israel to disclose such behavior, particularly the labeling of goods produced by Jews in the West Bank.

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  • Fred

    January 20, 2017. The end of an error.

    Obama will go down as the worst President in US history

    • itchy

      He has been down there for a while now… on his knees

      • Up Huff

        As far as I’m concerned he does to Muslims what Monica Lewinsky did to Bill Clinton in the Oval Office.
        And like Clinton, loudly proclaims that he “did not have sex with…”.

    • Rocinante44

      worse than that. i hope i live to see him tried, convicted, and executed as a enemy and a traitor

      • Fred

        Could not have said better myself

      • billwhit

        Amen to that, brother! All I want is his Obituary!

    • Ektor

      Only Hillary and Sanders could do worse than this overrated community agitator.

  • roger

    This is standard normal for the Muslim fundamentalist that is the president and supreme commander against Jews and Christians, if Barak Hussein had the power to do so, he would both enable, and give total sanction to the Muslim Arab worlds quest for the destruction of Israel.

  • Stace325

    The US ties with Israel are too strong already.

    • so edgy

    • Les Legato

      You head is too deep up the koranus. Don’t worry, you won’t feel it when they cut it off.

    • BrunoPBuhr

      Actually our ties with terrorist organizations and governments that support murders of innocents by celebrating these horrific acts as heroism are too strong. Payments to the families of these MONSTERS who stab stone and run over innocents should be enough for any RATIONAL HUMAN BEING to find repulsive enough to shut down with prejudice said PLO government NOT discriminate against the victims. Obama is pathetic so is your statement.

    • itchy

      Its ok as another friend of the US is moving towards closer ties with Russia. Good on them to stick with a government with balls. The UN is accusing Israel of being too strong with force against knife attackers. Go harder and tell those muslim guided tossers to get #$*&

  • Mahou Shoujo

    The time is long past for the American citizen to continue supporting the brain dead congress they elected. Until the next election ignore it, it won’t go away, but following it is destructive to individuals and the country.

    • kgolfinghawaii

      So are you saying you agree with Obama and are anti-Semite?

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Perhaps you should consider re-reading my comment, without your presumption.

  • BDS = BARACK DHIMMI SHITHEAD

  • Armaros

    Is Roger Waters now an Obama adviser?

    BTW, many EU members reject the labelling. Namely Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany …to name a few….

  • Les Legato

    Unhappy Leftist jinos at Times of Israel say Obullcrap will unhappily sign it.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/obama-to-reluctantly-sign-trade-bill-that-lumps-together-israel-and-settlements/

  • There are 270 days until the 2016 election. Maybe the AMERICANS can get it right this time?

  • BrunoPBuhr

    Obama’s blatant disregard for common decency in policy decisions affecting Israel should show everyone what his true allegiances are!

  • BrunoPBuhr

    What more needs to be said. Unfit to serve! So much for his oath of office!

    • Up Huff

      Which means he should swing with them when they get the rope. Or bullet. Or whatever.

    • Rocinante44

      don’t forget his TV interview where he said “my muslim faith”. how many Christians in 1400 years have had this slip of the tongue? none

  • jon wright

    Ur muzzie Marxist president has just about ruined ur country now he trying to do the same to Israel he hates as Islam does. This turkey will not succeed, Israel knows how to handle his ilk.

  • jon wright

    For heavens sake do not elect a leftist government as that will be the end of your great country. It’s just about on its last leg now.

  • Areyoukiddingme

    There’s not even a word for the level of hatred I feel for this man….biggest mistake ever America!

    • roger

      He is not on my list for Christmas presents either.

  • Any Jew who votes for Obama is an ASS!

    Disclaimer: I’m Jewish.
    .

  • itchy

    Old barbarack osama…….Why cant he be more like JFK and I don’t mean on policy. 8 years and this tool has almost destroyed the US

  • Up Huff

    It seems more and more that the evidence points towards Obama being a covert Muslim at the least and a Muslim plant at the other end of the scale. With the backing of the oil producers he could hide most anything, including his life, from scrutiny. Frankly, I think he’s a typical lying Muslim piece of excrement trying to act otherwise. And failing miserably. Only someone who has an absolute hatred of the State of Israel and its inhabitants would risk God’s Wrath.
    But then, Hell IS the place for Obama and company, and surely they will end up there if there because of true Justice in the life to come. One doesn’t treat His people badly with impunity.
    That’s how I see it all.

  • Chet

    America’s idol and Democrat politicos disdain for Israel is at the core of the nation’s myriad problems. God willing, come Nov, things gonna change round heah… Now, if only America’s Jews would wake up and abandon the liberal reservation and return to their biblical conservative roots… Return to the Holy One of Israel, King of Kings and Lord of Lords…

  • Politically Accurate

    I practice BDS every day, just to the piss off the Kenyan/Indonesian, America-hating, Islamonazi-loving, Constitution-raping, race-baiting turd pile defiling the White House.

    B Buy Israeli
    D Defend Israel
    S Support Israel

  • DemocracyRules

    Kerry proclaims “cessation of hostilities” in Syria. Russia will stop bombing of Western-backed fighters.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says “the truce does not apply to terrorists”.

    The Russian bombing of civilians in Aleppo continues.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/assertive-russia-looms-large-annual-munich-security-conference/27546608.html

  • David Mulloy

    Funny how He can be so “Anti-Semitic” and still “Complain Constantly about Racism”;
    The Hypocrisy is “Strong” with this one!!

  • billwhit

    As we have all learned, if Queen Hussein hates something, then that “something” would have been good for and benefited American Citizens, which is something Hussein does not want! If he approves of something, then it benefits those whom he loves, Illegal Criminals, Radical Terrorists, Scum of the Earth Rapists and Baby Murderers! Those are the people our perverted and worthless 3rd World Illegal President loves and helps! All I want from Obama is his Obituary! That will be a Wonderfully Blessed Day when he is Dead and Maggot Food!

  • SCUMBAG OBAMA, I’M NOT AT ALL SHOCKED BY THIS!

  • Robert Batchelor

    The biggest and baddest racist of them all sits in The White House.

  • Ektor

    What a shocker…more proof that Obumba hates Jews and America and loves Islam.

  • John Gillis

    My baloney has a first name, it’s B-A-R-A-K,
    My baloney has a second name, it’s O-B-A-M-A!
    Oh, I’d like to chuck him in the trash and if you ask me, “Why?”, I’ll saaaaaaaaaaayyyy….
    ‘Cause Barak Obama has a way of messing up the USA!!

    • Lonnie Robinson

      Bravo the crowd cheers :)

  • jon wright

    so while Americans were busy with entertainment their greatest interest, Islamic buraq hussein was taking the country apart piece by piece and not many opposed. Sad story now that deed almost completed.

  • LightMirror

    Arch-neocons Geller, Schlussel, Kristol, Krauthammer and other Israel-first usual suspects relish attacking Obama for his Middle East policy and allegedly being pro-Islam.
    Okay, Pamela, here’s a legitimate criticism of Obama’s Middle East policy. And is he really pro-Islam? —–

  • LightMirror

    Geller: “The White House, in its latest statement, expressed opposition to certain congressional efforts aimed at combatting the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment movement, also known as BDS, which aims to wage economic warfare on Israel.”

    Actually Pamela, BDS aims to encourage Israel to become (as it aggressively promotes itself) a “tiny, heroic democracy that shares America’s values” —–