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June 3, 2013 1:38 am

Bill Clinton’s $500,000 Speaking Fee for Israeli Gala Ignites Controversy

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Bill Clinton in February 2013. Photo: U.S. Department of Labor. – A controversy has arisen over the payment of a $500,000 fee to former U.S. President Bill Clinton to address a June 17 gala at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot, Israel.

An Israel Hayom investigation found that the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which is taking part in the event, gave the Peres Academic Center part of the money to cover Clinton’s fee, with the academic center covering the rest.

“This is an unnecessary waste of public funds by a supported body that receives aid from the state,” Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich told Israel’s Channel 1 television network.

But a spokesperson for JNF said, “Clinton was invited by the Peres Academic Center, which signed the agreement and determined all the details and financial conditions a year ago. The event is not being funded by the public, but rather by the participants who contribute millions to Israel.”

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  • Why is Clinton charging so much money anyway?

  • pinchas

    no, it’s not a joke, or unbelievable in this age of so-called transparency– it’s for real and it’s a damn good reason to STOP giving a dime to the JNF fakers. BTW, go on if you want to see a lot of Very angry talkbacks about the stupidity of this Peres-Clinton tango.

  • Ron Agam

    President Clinton and President Peres deserves better than to be dragged into a stupid monetary scandal involving the celebration of a long friendship . I cannot believe that their respective advisers and the KKL will make such errors. No one in their right mind can approve of this in the age of transparency.
    President Clinton should take this money and return it to be used to for a charitable foundation that works for Peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
    That will be the right thing to do.
    Short of this , this entire visit will be tainted by bad taste.

  • Leon

    Surely this is a joke !!!