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Republican senators ask Trump to label West Bank merchandise ‘Made in Israel’

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Nov 19, 2020 A bunch of Republican senators is demanding the Trump administration label items made within the West Bank as “Made in Israel.” On Monday, Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia wrote a letter to US President Donald Trump. In it, they mentioned US customs coverage ought to stipulate that merchandise made within the Palestinian territory of the West Bank must be labeled as “Made in Israel.” As of now, such merchandise are labeled “Made in West Bank”; this coverage dates again to the administration of President Bill Clinton. The senators mentioned Trump ought to proceed to assist Israel with the coverage change. They additionally wish to strike a blow to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion, which helps numerous financial boycotts in opposition to Israel over its therapy of Palestinians. “Your administration should continue its string of pro-Israel policy changes by undoing these misguided Clinton-era guidelines,” wrote the senators. “This decision would be yet another achievement by your administration that would support Israel and would push back against anti-Semitism and the BDS movement.” Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the course of the 1967 struggle. Most of the West Bank’s inhabitants of nearly three million is Palestinian, although a number of hundred thousand Jewish Israeli settlers dwell there. International regulation regards the territory as occupied by Israel and Palestinians envision it as a serious a part of a future unbiased state. The Clinton administration required that West Bank merchandise be labeled as “Made in West Bank” to assist the Palestinian financial system on the time. The senators referred to the West Bank as “Judea and Samaria” within the letter. This time period is usually utilized by spiritual and nationalist Jews to check with the West Bank. The timing of the letter could possibly be associated to Trump solely having just a few weeks left in workplace. Former Vice President Joe Biden has been broadly projected because the winner of the 2020 presidential election and has already began his transition plans, regardless of Trump’s refusal to concede. Loeffler can also be working to maintain her seat in a January runoff election, and the measure may rally assist amongst evangelical Christian voters. Cotton, Cruz and Rubio are all doable contenders for the Republican nomination within the 2024 presidential election. The White House didn’t instantly reply to Al-Monitor’s request for remark and it’s unclear whether or not the president will change US customs coverage on this regard. Trump has enacted a number of pro-Israel insurance policies, together with recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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