Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Executive Order No. 18-15, prohibiting the state of Louisiana from contracting with any company that participates in a boycott of Israel. The order requests that the commissioner of the Division of Administration implement its provisions as quickly and efficiently as practicable.

"Israel is America's closest ally in the Middle East and a beacon of democracy in the region," Gov. Edwards stated. "The United States, and by affiliation Louisiana, have benefited in innumerable ways from our deep friendship with Israel. Any effort to boycott Israel is an affront to this longstanding relationship. I am pleased that Louisiana will join what is now a critical mass of states in supporting our closest ally."

Louisiana is the 25th state in the country to have such a policy on the books.