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January 28, 2015 5:35 pm

Watchdog Slams Use of American Taxpayer Funds to Finance Anti-Netanyahu Campaign

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A US government-funded group is working with a political organization in Israel to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's upcoming election. Photo: Cherie Cullen.

The head of Israeli watchdog NGO Monitor has blasted the US State Department for funding an Israeli election campaign aimed at ousting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pointing out that this is not the first time that US taxpayer funds have been used to finance organizations on the Israeli left.

“US State Department funding provided to this ostensibly  non-governmental organization is another example of the lack of due diligence and accountability in the dispersion of taxpayer funding,” Professor Gerald Steinberg, whose organization tracks foreign funding of radical NGOs in Israel, told The Algemeiner. Steinberg was responding to reports that OneVoice International, which describes itself as an “international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians,” and which has received two grants from State over the last year, is working with an Israeli group, V15, in an anti-Netanyahu campaign ahead of the Israeli elections in March.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, which broke the story, former Obama aides are also involved in the campaign. However, OneVoice development and grants officer Christina Taler told the paper that “no government funding has gone toward any of the activities we’re doing right now whatsoever” – though she added that her group had used the State Department grants to “build public campaign support for the [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations” launched by Secretary of State John Kerry last spring.

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Steinberg pointed out that American taxpayer funds have been used for similarly politically-charged projects in the recent past. In 2012, USAID, the US’s largest provider of foreign assistance, donated millions of dollars to Israeli NGOs through the “Peace and Reconciliation Program,” which included support for the so-called “Geneva Initiative” – another grassroots project pressuring the Israeli government to make concessions to the Palestinians.

“After public exposure, the funding was discontinued,” Steinberg said.

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  • John

    KARAISM FOR PEACE. http://www.karaites.info

  • victoria brandeis

    AMERICA IS FINISHED………AND, AMERICANDS DID IT……THE EGG OR THE CHICKEN

    WHAT AN AWFUL PLACE TO HAVE TO BE LIVING IN…..TO HOLD ALL THE DEATHS AND MORE ON THEIR HEADS

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    NOW IT IS SOAKED WITH THE DEATHS OF SO MANY LATELY…..FROM BANKERS….SINGERS….COMEDIANS…AND WE KNOW WHO……CAN
    THIS NEWS FLUSH TRULY BELIEVE THAT ISOLATION OF NEWS WILL NOT DISTRACT THE MIND NOR WILL IT DISTRACT THE TRUTH……..WHO DO YOU STAND FOR…..

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    SO PLEASE……DON’T TELL THE WORLD THAT ‘ YOU LOVE JEWS’,,,,,THAT YOU STAND FOR ‘ISRAEL’……WHAT YOU STAND FOR IS THE VERY STUPIDITY THAT HAS DRIPPED INTO YOUR SMALL BRAINS FOR YEARS.

    WE HAVE HOOKED NOSES AND HOOKED HANDS……WE ARE THE ”’HMMMMMMM ‘EVIL ONES’……LOL

    SO, AMERICA WITH EACH PENNY SENT TO HATE US WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE NOT PART OF THIS PLAN…..

  • This is beyond reprehensible !
    Israel needs a Lion not a Lamb to guide us through these perilous times !
    The shear audacity that a President would use taxpayers money to influence and meddle in Israel’s internal politics is beyond comprehension.
    All those who read this should write to your approiate congressman or senator with Outrage !
    Only Hashem can protect us from the damage that this muslim president can do in the next 18 months.
    Look at key offices, CIA muslim head, Homeland Security another, it is as if with purpose Obama is filing critical posts with muslims !
    Shalom

    • Rusell K. Shenn

      Ever hear the expression “the devil is in the details?”
      Consider this that when two nations go to war against each other there are three generals on the battlefield.
      Who is the third general? In conflict or in any form of oposition there are always two courses of action. Confront or completely disengage as exemplified by Yacov
      and Essau and base case The Shepards of Abraham vs the shepards of Lot. This goes to the “heart” of the matter
      which is where all things complex are formed. What is your heart forming and what are the consequences are really excellent questions to begin with. Don’t be surprised if it is contrary to what God wants.

  • steven L

    The Obama administration from day one behaves in bad face. This is a typical far-left mafia whose main target is Israel. IL must resist by any and all means available and BB is 100% right to go to Washington just like Mr. Smith.
    He won’t need to convince the congress or the senate; the Iranians will do it.

  • Reform School

    Between Hillary’s scandal-ridden political history, Kerry’s family ties to Iran and Obama’s murky past (supported only by ‘Dreams of my Father,’ a ghost-written campaign bio) evidence grows Iranian oil money influences more Democrats than Revolutionary Guards.

    As the not-so-lame duck Obama Administration forces Jewish Israel into nuclear blackmail or ‘peace’ by ‘Submission to Allah,’ training and equipping the armies that will invade it, it is as plain as the nose on Pinocchiobama’s face that all is not kosher in Washington.

  • Historian

    This is par for the course as far as OBAMA is concerned,
    If the American public knew this was happening with their money there would be hell to pay. Obama is not and NEVER has been a friend of the Israelis Almost like Anti-semetism
    Palestinian organization IS a terrorist organization who also gets money from Iran. 2016 elections can not come to soon to get Obama government out of office.

  • DocReality

    Barack-Hussein Obama.
    Anti-Israel.
    Anti-Semite.

  • It reminds the funding French ultra right NF (Marine le Pen)by Putin

  • Mickey Oberman

    So much for Israel’s closest ally.

    This is what happens to a country when it lacks decent, honourable leadership.
    (It also destroys itself.)

  • Bib remains controversial because he is forthright in his rejection of the medieval world, and he stands up for modernity. This distances him from the crypto-moderates who often pass themselves off as conservatives. See http://clarespark.com/2012/09/28/bibi-and-the-human-nature-debate/. Timely again because the media are buzzing over whether or not Bibi should be coming to the US, with neocons split on the question.

  • Mike

    Pres. Obama complains about Prime Minister Netanyahu meeting with Congress. His administration claims that the purpose of the visit is to strengthen his support at home in Israel. Yet, Obama himself is meddling in Israeli elections and trying to undermine Netanyhu. And he gives millions of dollars to the Israeli left wing in the process. It’s hard to believe that any Jew would vote for him, but we did.

  • Jon R.

    I a lot more concerned with US taxpayer money being used to fund the Israeli war machine.

  • yussi

    But our president refuses to meet with Bibi prior to the elections in March!!!! What a bad joke he is and the anti semetic state dept is..They can t stand to deal with a statesman who has the set to tell it like it is so they want him out!! He will win despite their efforts because the safety of Israel and Jews worldwide depends on it. No peace talks,no concessions to arab savages. Bombs are the only language they understand…

  • art

    That is the two faced deceitful Obama/Kerry refused to meet with Netanyahu for “fear’ of influencing an election but funding and organizing anti Netanyahu factions (treasonous lackeys) This is the same Obama who would barely acknowledge the dissident Iranians because he did not want to interfere. Then again he is doing what Clinton did in 1999

  • 1

    THE REASON WHY WE ARE IN THE SUFFERING BECAUSE WE ACCEPTED COPIED RELIGIONS AND NOT THE ORIGINAL RELIGION GOD GAVE US JEWISH. GOD CANNOT GIVE OUT MANY RELIGIONS AT THE START INSTEAD MADE OUR OWN WHEN ORIGINAL JEWISH RELIGION WAS THE CONTACT TO GOD.

  • 1

    SATAN IS AGAINST ALL THINGS JEWISH AND TAUGHT IT TO THE ARABS PASSED ON TO THE WORLD. GOD RELIGION IS JEWISH FIRST RELIGION GIVEN TO ALL OF US WHILE OTHERS IN TIME DUPLICATED IT.

  • Efram

    Well, Bibi is coming to the US to warn about the Islamic terrorist nation of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. So, naturally, Obama, in his blatant Anti-Semtism, has done all he can to undermine Bibi in elections.

    Oh yes, Obama has a more fair and balanced approach to the middle east, on one side is Israel (bad) and the other side Islamist terrorism (good), paying to eliminate Netanyahu while screaming about his addressing congress is also according to his standard of fair and balanced.

  • 1

    GOD VERSES SATAN HE OWNS THE TERRORIST MINDS AND TO DO SO.

  • spktruth

    Poll: Netanyahu should be investigated for nuclear weapons tech smuggling before US visit

    A majority of Americans believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be investigated by the FBI for nuclear weapons technology smuggling before being allowed to enter the United States according to a new poll.

    In 2012 the FBI declassified and released files (PDF archive) of its investigation into how 800 nuclear weapons triggers were illegally smuggled from the US to Israel. According to the FBI, the Israeli Ministry of Defense ordered nuclear triggers (krytrons), encrypted radios, ballistic missile propellants and other export-prohibited items through a network of front companies. Smuggling ring operations leader Richard Kelly Smyth alleged that Netanyahu worked at one of the fronts–Heli Trading owned by confessed spy and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan–and met with him frequently to execute smuggling operations.

    The poll was commissioned by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep). When informed of the incident, most Americans (54.9 percent) indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be investigated by the FBI before an upcoming U.S. visit.

    Israel officially designated the smuggling operation “Project Pinto.” Smyth was captured, prosecuted and incarcerated in 2002 after years on the run as an international fugitive. The krytrons were believed to be destined for Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program.

    Only 25.8 percent of Americans polled believe Netanyahu should be allowed to freely visit the US while 15.9 percent say said he should neither be investigated nor allowed to enter the US

    When questioned by Israeli and Russian media about the smuggling affair, the Israeli Foreign Ministry denied involvement.

    Younger respondents (age 18-24 and 25-34) are generally more likely to want Netanyahu investigated (73.6 percent and 62.0 percent) than older Americans. Reponses vary little between income categories. However females (63.4 percent) were more likely than males (50.4 percent) to prefer Netanyahu be criminally investigated before being allowed to enter America.

    Netanyahu has recently announced plans to break diplomatic protocol and address the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and Congress in March, 2015 without coordinating his state visit with the White House.

    The IRmep poll, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percent, was fielded January 26-28, 2015 by Google Consumer Surveys and received 1,507 responses. The poll question, response choices and statistically significant results may be viewed online and cross-tabulated at:

    https://www.google.com/insights/consumersurveys/view?survey=uuzyietuxxqhu&question=1

    • Cynthia

      A google survey? Really?

  • spktruth

    It has been a great week for diplomacy. Thanks to all your efforts, we won: the push for new sanctions in the Senate has been halted until March.

    But that hasn’t stopped Iran hawks from their most outrageous offense yet: House Speaker Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress against diplomacy and in support of sanctions.

    The speech is timed for the same week that AIPAC will will send thousands of activists to Capitol Hill to lobby for new sanctions.

    I still can’t believe that some in our Congress would provide a foreign leader with an official platform to attack our President and start a war. If sanctions pass and diplomacy collapses, Americans could be sent to die in a war with Iran. That is not Bibi Netanyahu’s decision to make.

  • spktruth

    What an outrageous pack of lies. Bibi is NOT welcome in the US because it is a violation of the Logan Act. Bibi is not welcome because its obvious he need the jewish/Zionist vote in the US (from dual citizens) by USING his current title to speak to the US Congress…its totally undemocratic, and the citizens of the US don’t want him here…nothing to do with State.

    • Cynthia

      WOW, you got that all out in only 5 lines. I will tell you something: Bibi is the only man that has stood as the wall between Israel existing or Israel disappearing. I for one, being an American cannot wait to hear the speech he will give to our Congress. Obama is not a good example of truth and Americanism. Your comment say’s to me that you are not a faithful and true American either. Benjamin Netenyahu is a good man, and i will not sit still and allow anyone to besmirch his image or his values in any way. He is Israel and i applaud his courage and encourage him to hold his ground. God is on his side.

  • Bella

    ?? This is news??

    ..It’s good to be reminded of it, but I think it is widely known that the US has been supporting and getting rid of governments all over the world since the beginning of time.

  • 1

    THE PRESS IS USED SO THE WORK NETANYAHU WHO BROUGHT ISRAEL TO THE JEWS TO BE COMPROMISED TO CHANCE ANOTHER. ISRAEL IS NOT ABOUT A CUSHION SEATING OF POLITICS MATTER BUT A FRONT SO JEWS CAN BE TURNED BACK EMPTY BY LIKUD SOCIALED IMPACT.

  • Bernard Ross

    the corrupt left always commandeers government money and resources to advance their party agenda.

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