Michael Oren: Israel Should Fight BDS 'Like a War'

Former ambassador to Washington says BDS poses a 'strategic threat' to Israel, should be fought as such - and there is hope.

Ari Soffer,

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Arutz Sheva

In his address Monday to the Yesha Conference, former Israeli Ambassador to the US MK Michael Oren (Kulanu) covered a wide range of topics, spanning the roots of US President Barack Obama's hostility towards Israel to the anti-Israel "BDS" boycott campaign.

Following his speech, Arutz Sheva asked Oren about his assertion that the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement posed a "strategic threat" to Israel, and that in order to defeat it the Israeli government needed to fight the struggle "like a war." 

He also explained why he believed that - despite Israel having a "fundamental right" to the entire land of Israel - the government should "think strategically" before building in parts of Judea and Samaria. Doesn't that constitute giving ground to BDS? Not so, he argued.