Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released a video message on Tuesday, in honor of the Building Bridges Not Boycotts international summit at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. The summit seeks to fight the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
"You should fight BDS - but not because it's gonna [sic] threaten the Israeli economy. That's not gonna happen," the Prime Minister quipped. "Sometimes I wish the BDS movement would succeed, so I could take a break from meeting all these foreign leaders who come to Israel every single day - they, or their delegations, or their trade missions."
"They're all coming here," he said. "Israel has become a global force in technology, and everybody wants to partake in the Israeli know-how."
"The reason we should fight BDS is because it's wrong," Netanyahu emphasized. "It's a moral outrage."
"Why does the BDS movement focus on an open society like Israel, and not the mass-murdering dictatorships of North Korea, Iran, or Syria?" he continued. "See, because BDS has nothing to do with human rights, nothing to do with justice."
"All of you here are the real freedom fighters, the real champions of justice," he added. "Israel is a strong and prosperous democracy which will always seek peace."
"There's nothing that BDS can do to change that."