Boycotters of Israel are ‘classical anti-Semites in modern garb,’ Netanyahu says

Prime Minister Benjamina Netanyahu addresses leaders from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Monday. Credit: Israel Hayom video screenshot.

(JNS.org) Boycotters of Israel are “classical anti-Semites in modern garb,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of leaders visiting Jerusalem with the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Monday.

“I think the most eerie thing, the most disgraceful thing, is to have people on the soil of Europe talking about the boycott of Jews,” Netanyahu said. “I think that is an outrage. That is something we are re-encountering. In the past, anti-Semites boycotted Jewish businesses and today, they call for the boycott of the Jewish state.”

Israel’s prowess in the high-tech sector can help the Jewish state overcome the economic boycott threat, Netanyahu said, describing that the heads of international high-tech companies he has met with “all want the same three things: Israeli technology, Israeli technology, and Israeli technology.” Netanyahu’s comments come on the heels of Japanese electronics giant Rakuten purchasing the Israeli-founded voice and video communications app Viber for $900 million, in addition to Google acquiring the Tel Aviv-based start-up SlickLogin, whose technology verifies and authenticates user identity (when logging onto a website) by using an audio signal sent through a smartphone app.

Posted on February 18, 2014 .