Former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat embarked on an information campaign this week in the United States to encourage the American administration to act against companies boycotting settlement in Judea and Samaria.
The campaign comes after Airbnb's decision to surrender to Arab pressure and to remove the housing units in Judea and Samaria from its site.
Barkat met in the White House with President Trump's special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt, and discussed with him the regional challenges of Israel and ways to combat the BDS phenomenon and the boycott of Israel and Judea and Samaria settlement.
Barkat thanked Greenblatt and President Trump for their support of Israel and for the historic decision to transfer the American Embassy to Jerusalem. The former mayor also held a series of meetings with senior members of Congress including Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House leader who is close to President Trump.
Barkat asked McCarthy to examine possible legislation to impose sanctions on American companies that boycott Israel and Judea and Samaria settlement. "A company that boycotts us must know that they'll pay a heavy price for this. We must promote sanctions against those who submit to the pressure of Israel's enemies motivated by hatred of Jews."
McCarthy expressed firm opposition to Airbnb's decision and promised to examine various options that would lead to a change in the decision.