New York Daily News

BDS is DOA at the DNC

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The Democratic Party of Hillary Clinton is poised to reject the drive to undermine Israel’s existence known as the BDS movement.

As the Democrats move toward nominating Clinton, their leaders have drafted a platform that would also stop the party from destructiv­ely setting benchmarks for negotiatio­ns between the Israelis and the Palestinia­ns by calling for “an end to occupation and illegal settlement­s.”

Drafters included representa­tives of Bernie Sanders, who pushed the Democrats to adopt his philosophi­es — including positions that hold Israel guilty of oppressing Palestinia­ns.

More evenhanded­ly, the draft platform reportedly states that “a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinia­n accord, producing two states for two peoples, would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity.”

Most striking, the draft commits the Democrats to support “retaining (Israel’s) qualitativ­e military edge” in the region, and says Democrats will “oppose any effort to delegitimi­ze Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.”

Tinged with anti-Semitism, the BDS movement accuses Israel of human rights violations, basically for the sin of existing. The most ardent supporters look toward ending Israel’s nature as a Jewish state through the economic pressure of boycotts, disinvestm­ent and sanctions.

Clinton has steadfastl­y opposed the BDS movement, even as the party’s left wing has rallied to the cause. The Democrats must follow her leadership at their convention in Philadelph­ia.

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