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Netanyahu Rightly Criticizes the New Israel Fund

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addresses the 2018 AIPAC Policy Conference. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder.

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the New Israel Fund (NIF) — an American non-profit organization — a group that is “hostile to Israel.”

As I have written repeatedly, the NIF has sent millions upon millions of dollars to groups that oppose Israeli government policies and openly support a boycott of the Jewish state.

As Prime Minister Netanyahu wrote on Facebook:

The New Israel Fund is a foreign organization that receives funding from foreign governments and elements hostile to Israel, such as … the fund of George Soros. The ultimate objective of the fund is to erase Israel’s Jewish character and turn it into a state … alongside a Palestinian nation-state that is free of Jews on the 1967 lines with Jerusalem as its capital.

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For decades the fund has funded anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian organizations, including those who slander IDF soldiers such as Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem and those who fight for Palestinian terrorists such as Adalah. I do not know any Western democracy, especially the United States, which over time was prepared to tolerate hostile activity funded by foreign countries, as has been happening here in Israel with the fund for decades. Therefore, I asked coalition chairman Dudi Amsalem to lead the process of establishing a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the activities of the New Israel Fund, which endangers the security and future of the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

As many of us in the United States have long said, the NIF is not a right-wing or left-wing issue; it is a right-and-wrong issue. Jews — including prominent members of our community — fund a group that supports organizations that boycott Israel. They must be held accountable.

Among the donors to the New Israel Fund are the Jewish Communal Fund, the Jim Joseph Foundation and David Myers of the Center for Jewish History. Donations to the New Israel Fund must end.

Ronn Torossian is a public relations executive.

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