A BDS-driven law that was "basically a done deal" was scuttled exclusively as a result of the Trump administration's expert diplomacy.
The Trump administration was integral to quashing a recent effort by factions in the Irish government to boycott Israel and make it a criminal offense for Irish citizens to purchase products made in the Jewish state, The Free Beacon reported Tuesday.
This action, according to the report, would have been "a move that would have severely jeopardized Ireland's trade with the United States, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation."
Had the legislation passed in the Irish parliament, Irish citizens who purchased souvenirs in Israel would have been subject to prison terms of up to five years as well as a fine in excess of $310,000.
"Trump administration officials are said to have made clear to Irish leaders that passage of the bill would put them starkly at odds with the United States and subject them to inclusion on a list of countries supporting boycotts of the Jewish state," the report goes on to say. "Instead, the State Department found out what was happening, and they scrambled to alert the Irish to the nature and risks of their own law, and Irish lawmakers came to their senses," the source said. "Crisis averted, at least for now."
Another failure on the part of BDS activists using their insidious manifesto to infect communities.