The United States may review its ties with countries it deems as being anti-Israel after what a U.S. envoy said on Sunday was a shift in policy towards equating anti-Zionism with antisemitism.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a March speech that anti-Zionism – opposition to Israel’s existence as a homeland for the Jewish people – was a form of antisemitism, or hostility toward Jews, that was on the rise worldwide and that Washington would “fight it relentlessly”.
The State Department’s special envoy for monitoring and combating antisemitism, Elan Carr, said this US position could spell reviews of ties with foreign governments or leaders.
“The United States is willing to review its relationship with any country, and certainly antisemitism on the part of a country with whom we have relations is a deep concern,” he told Reuters during a visit to Israel.
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