US Anti-Semitism Envoy: America May Review Ties with Nations Deemed Anti-Israel

The United States may review its relations with nations deemed anti-Israel, according to U.S. Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism Elan Carr.

“The United States is willing to review its relationship with any country, and certainly anti-Semitism on the part of a country with whom we have relations is a deep concern,” he told Reuters in Israel.

“I will be raising that issue in bilateral meetings that I am undertaking all over the world,” he said. “That is something we are going to have frank and candid conversations about behind closed doors.”

Carr declined to call out certain countries or leaders, in addition to specifying what course of action the Trump administration might take.

“I obviously can’t comment on diplomatic tools that we might bring to bear,” he said. “Each country is a different diplomatic challenge, a different situation, number one. And number two, if I started disclosing what we might do it would be less effective.”

The administration, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in March, said that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.

He added that it “certainly breaks new ground … by making clear that something that a lot of us who are involved in the Jewish world and a lot of us who are proponents of a strong U.S.-Israel relationship have known for quite some time, and that is that one of the chief flavors of anti-Semitism in the world today is the flavor that conceals itself under anti-Zionism.”



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