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State Department-Funded Group Reportedly Working to Unseat Netanyahu

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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. – A US State Department-funded group is partnering with an Israeli grassroots political organization in an effort to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jewish state’s upcoming March election, according to reports.

The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday that OneVoice International—an activist organization founded in 2002 that seeks to “empower” Israelis and Palestinians to pressure elected officials to support a two-state solution—is teaming up with an Israeli grassroots group called V15, which recently hired a former Obama campaign strategist to persuade Israelis to vote against Netanyahu.

Haaretz reported that Jeremy Bird, a 36-year-old American political strategist who served as national field director for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, has joined V15 to support the organization’s grassroots efforts.

Bird told Haaretz that his strategy is to adapt his door-knocking campaign strategy for Israel in order to “speak with enough people here to replace the government.”

V15 is allegedly behind the growing “Anyone but Bibi” campaign (referring to Netanyahu’s nickname) in Israel. Yet one of the organizers of V15, Nimrod Dweck, said his group’s goal was not to endorse any specific candidate, but rather to “put your ego aside for the greater good.”

Christina Taler, a spokesperson for OneVoice, told the Washington Free Beacon that her group is working with V15 to focus on voter registration and get-out-the-vote campaigns, and is not engaged in partisan activities.

“We’ve formed a partnership with [V15], but it’s important to know we’re absolutely nonpartisan,” Taler said. “Our biggest emphasis and focus right now is just getting people out to vote.”

Taler also denied that any State Department funding is going towards “any of the activities we’re doing right now whatsoever,” and said the funds were used last spring to build support for the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations spearheaded by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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  • Abbushuki

    And they blame Bibi’s invitation to address congress as Bibi’s manipulation for the election. It’s amazing to see how much ink is being used to attack Bibi from every angle: from Sarah to every pro-Arab anybody who believes that Israel’s refusal to surrender to the Arabs is the only barrier to peace.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Most interesting, since Obama said the reason he would not meet with PM Netanyahu was to avoid influencing the Israeli elections. It would seem that up is down, left is right and black is white in Obama’s world.

  • Jonah

    Remind those who answer their doors and speak to those in charge of imposing the will of the White House on your nation it was not to long ago that they were arming Morsi and moving with wharp speed to arm the rebels for the take down of Syria. With the sixth fleet at your back door and American armed rebel militias they were then going to back you up to pre 67 borders force a right of return along with making unreasonable demands on the state of Israel that would not only jeapordize your existence but would guarantee your destruction. Russia foiled his plans and he has been in a catatonic state of rage with one goal on his mind, that would be quickly restratigizing his plans for the take down of Israel. Every time you here one of his minions knocking on your door treat it as if a Nazi is knocking on your door asking you to quietly , without resistance, Stop what you are doing and come with us to Auswitz. Israel is one election away from the gas chambers do not allow these left wing lunatics to destroy the very existence of your nation.

  • steven L

    This is great. Israelis will more than ever side with BB.

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