The Times of Israel interviewed me recently for a comprehensive analysis of anti-BDS state-level legislation in the U.S. I have previously published an extensive policy analysis of the matter for JPPI's Annual Assessment (2016). I note that these legislative efforts enjoy a wide base of bi-partisan support, which shows how popular Israel remains, at least on the political level. I further explain that these laws have a practical and a symbolic effect. “The vast majority [of the laws] have teeth and are punitive. They are practical and symbolic,” ... “On the practical level the laws keep the anti-Israel movement busy. BDS is a weapon in their tool kit and these laws put them on the defensive. The laws also can snatch away important psychological victories from BDS.”
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