“I cannot think of anything more foolish than to say you want to have any kind of divestment or sanctions or boycott against a country that, when all is said and done, is the only democracy in the region, is the only place that has, in my view, a pluralist and open society,” Johnson said in an interview with an Israeli Channel 2 reporter in Tel Aviv.
Johnson dismissed any influence supporters of the BDS movement may have in the U.K.
“The supporters of this so-called boycott are really just corduroy-jacketed academics that have no real standing on the matter and I think are highly unlikely to be influential on Britain,” he said.
“Not that there is anything wrong with wearing a corduroy jacket,” Johnson quipped.
Johnson is in Israel for a three-day trip focused on bolstering economic ties between London and Tel Aviv, Israel’s leading financial center. During the visit, Johnson toured Google’s headquarters and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.