In another op-ed, two of our legislative colleagues incorrectly state that the executive order also directs changes to the state pension system. While the governor publicly called on the pension board to divest from companies engaged in the BDS movement, the executive order says nothing of the sort. The General Assembly will have the opportunity in the next legislative session to consider whether the state should divest its pension fund from companies that engage in BDS. We believe, like so many other supporters of Israel, that to achieve a lasting and equitable peace in the Middle East, there must be direct and forthright negotiations between Israel, the Palestinian people, and neighboring countries. But seeking to delegitimize Israel through economic means will do nothing to bring about such negotiations.