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Stones plan first Israel gig, but urged to reconsider

The Rolling Stones announced plans Tuesday for an Israeli concert in June, prompting pro-Palestinian activists promoting a boycott of the country to say that would be equivalent to performing in apartheid South Africa. To jubilation from the Israeli media, a spokeswoman for the British rock icons said the band will perform in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on June 4 as part of its forthcoming European tour.

Stones plan first Israel gig, but urged to reconsider

The Rolling Stones announced plans Tuesday for an Israeli concert in June, prompting pro-Palestinian activists promoting a boycott of the country to say that would be equivalent to performing in apartheid South Africa. To jubilation from the Israeli media, a spokeswoman for the British rock icons said the band will perform in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on June 4 as part of its forthcoming European tour.

Stones plan first Israel gig, but urged to reconsider

The Rolling Stones announced plans Tuesday for an Israeli concert in June, prompting pro-Palestinian activists promoting a boycott of the country to say that would be equivalent to performing in apartheid South Africa. To jubilation from the Israeli media, a spokeswoman for the British rock icons said the band will perform in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on June 4 as part of its forthcoming European tour.

The movement to boycott Israel will fail

The international movement to boycott Israel will fail and will not stop the Jewish state from becoming an economic powerhouse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. "The movement is nothing but a farce. It will fail," he told delegates at the annual conference of the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC, referring to the so-called boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. hmw/dc

The threat of Israel boycotts more bark than bite

By Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Though voices are getting louder inside and outside Israel about the threat of economic boycotts for its continued occupation of Palestinian territories, there seems little prospect of it facing measures with real bite. With a number of European firms already withdrawing some funds, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid has warned that every household in Israel will feel the pinch if ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians collapse.

The threat of Israel boycotts more bark than bite

By Crispian Balmer JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Though voices are getting louder inside and outside Israel about the threat of economic boycotts for its continued occupation of Palestinian territories, there seems little prospect of it facing measures with real bite. With a number of European firms already withdrawing some funds, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid has warned that every household in Israel will feel the pinch if ongoing peace talks with the Palestinians collapse.

Israeli PM meets top ministers over boycott threat

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with three of his top[ministers to discuss ways to deal with the threat of economic boycotts against Israel, media reported Monday. The meeting on Sunday night was attended by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz, the reports said. The meeting comes less than a fortnight after US Secretary of State John Kerry warned that Israel was facing a growing campaign of delegitimisation which could worsen if peace talks with the Palestinians collapsed.

Israeli ministers harangue Kerry over boycott remark

US Secretary of State John Kerry came under further attack Monday by Israeli hawks who accuse him of manipulating the threat of an economic boycott to pressure Israel into peace concessions. The latest war of words between the two allies erupted Saturday after Kerry warned that Israel was facing a growing campaign of delegitimization which would likely worsen if peace talks with the Palestinians collapsed. Washington's top diplomat also referred to "talk of boycotts" of Israel.

Israel, US locked in spat over Kerry boycott remark

Israel and Washington were at loggerheads on Sunday after senior Israeli figures attacked US Secretary of State John Kerry for warning of a growing boycott threat if peace talks fail. The latest spat erupted a day after Kerry warned of the potential economic impact on Israel if theUS-brokered negotiations with the Palestinians collapsed, in which he made reference to "talk of boycotts."

Israel PM rejects Kerry's boycott warning

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday rejected remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry warning of a growing boycott threat against the Jewish state if peace talks fail. "Attempts to impose a boycott on the State of Israel are immoral and unjust. Moreover, they will not achieve their goal," he said at the weekly cabinet meeting.
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