Israel Assures U.S. It Will Not Bomb Walmart Store in Palestine
TEL AVIV — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave assurances today to President Barack Obama that the Walmart store in Gaza will not be hit by his country’s precision bombing.
“Israel cannot guarantee that our nearby bombing won’t make it very noisy, but we can guarantee it will be business as usual for Walmart,” Netanyahu told Reuters News following his phone conversation with Obama.
“We are not in the business of harming American businesses during Operation Protective Edge.”
“Some of my closest friends shop at Walmart…in Tel Aviv.”
The announcement came as Israel continues intense bombing of Gaza that has reportedly killed more than 150 and leveled hundreds of homes and buildings including dozens surrounding the Walmart location.
The Walton family, owners of Walmart and shareholders in Hobby Lobby, made a public appeal in a full-page ad in the Washington Post two days ago asking Israel to “Stop the Carnage to Businesses in Palestine.”
“Our family members all thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for his understanding and restraint in protecting the foreign business interests of our great country,” read a media release issued earlier today by Walmart Stores Inc.
“Sales at our Gaza location have suffered enough during Israel’s defensive campaign but Mr. Netanyahu’s assurances have given us the courage and confidence to carry on.”
“We’re Rolling Back Prices at our Gaza Walmart starting today!”
The White House did not issue a statement on Netanyahu’s commitment to leave American-owned businesses standing.
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