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Citizens Jewnited: Meet The Israeli Grassroots Group Seeking To Unseat Netanyahu


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Carrie
- 1439 days ago - huffingtonpost.com
A nonpartisan grassroots group in Israel has come under fire from conservative Jews -- in both Israel and in the U.S. -- for using American funds and expertise in its efforts to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.



   

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday February 12, 2015, 12:16 am
I think the guy needs serious time out. . . maybe at a health spa or something.
 

Carol R (11)
Thursday February 12, 2015, 6:56 am
Thanks Carrie.

Across the Atlantic, Likud has filed a complaint with Israeli election officials alleging that V15 violated campaign finance laws by using foreign funds to support the main opposition coalition -- the Zionist Camp, led by Isaac Herzog of the Labor Party and Tzipi Livni of Hatnuah.

It's true that the vast majority of V15’s funding has come from foreigners like Slim-Fast billionaire Daniel Abraham and and KIND bar entrepreneur Daniel Lubetsky, who are both are known for their support of a two-state solution.

However, under Israeli law, it's not illegal for V15 to receive foreign support. Israeli State Comptroller Yosef Shapira disappointed Likud by saying Sunday that he would not investigate V15 before the election, explaining that a probe would have to establish that the group is linked to a specific political party.

On Wednesday, Israel's attorney general rejected a Likud request to block V15 advertising, saying that the Central Elections Commission did not have the authority to grant such an injunction. OneVoice called the decision "the strongest repudiation yet of the ongoing efforts by the political elites to spread misinformation about OneVoice Israel and V15."

Both V15 and the Zionist Camp have vigorously denied any affiliation. V15 insists that its goal is to replace the current government, not to advocate on behalf of any particular party.

Given that the majority of Netanyahu’s donations during the Likud primary contest came from Americans, some are skeptical of the party's accusations against V15.

"All of his donors are American," Dweck said of Netanyahu. "It's very hypocritical for him to say such a thing."

Moreover, this year, Likud hired Vincent Harris, a Republican political strategist who has previously worked for Cruz, to advise the party’s new media team.
 

firedup N (0)
Thursday February 12, 2015, 12:44 pm
Ted Cruz and another sent a letter stating and to stop OneVoice and V15 get money from US government

Jeremy Bird who has been with Obama election team since 2008, is now in Israel to unseat Netenyahu..... The Obama campaign strategist who could break the Israeli elections wide open http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel-election-2015/.premium-1.639158
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday February 12, 2015, 2:05 pm
Thanks
 

Roger G (148)
Thursday February 12, 2015, 3:07 pm
noted, thanks
 

Lois J (63)
Thursday February 12, 2015, 3:30 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. This is really getting interesting....will stay tuned.
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday February 13, 2015, 4:20 am
It's called democracy Bibi,try and learn to live with it.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 13, 2015, 4:58 am
Yes, well, Bibi is still ahead in the polls.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 13, 2015, 8:17 am
Noted....thank you
 

Thomas M (8)
Friday February 13, 2015, 9:37 am
Cruz interfering with an Israeli election? Wow, what stupidity - and it is ok if his "former" political advisor works with Israelis in their election campaign. Conservatives in America criticizing money flowing into Israel to influence elections? Wow. Why can't they criticize all the money flowing to corporations in the US to influence our elections? Why does our own Congress allow Netanyahu to speak on our foreign affair matters? All of this should be stopped as it is simply wrong.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday February 13, 2015, 12:50 pm
Lots of foreign money, especially from EU, are paying their lobbies under the disguise of NGO to change Israeli politics to reach their goals. We in Canada had the same issue with these lobbies until this government made such interference illegal. It worked great!

Israel needs to follow the suite and stop this disgrace of democracy.
 

Stephen B (23)
Friday February 13, 2015, 11:48 pm
The HuffPo again misses the central story. The primary complaint is not about V15. It's about OneVoice, which assists V15.

The trouble with OneVoice isn't just the use of American funds. It's that some of those funds come from the U.S. State Department. That is direct interference by one national government in the central internal processes of another. The same sort of things happening between two countries bordering on each other which were not close allies, has in the past led to war.

Just to be clear, this is much, much more serious than corporate money in elections. In theory, at least, local corporations have a strong interest in the (economic, at least) well-being of a country and are owned by citizens of that country. Not only that but, in theory again, serving their interests should serve the interests of the country as they are the backbone of its economy. A foreign government is an innately political foreign entity which is supposed to have an agenda of its own and higher priorities than the well-being of the country having the election, of a nature which may come into conflict with that well-being.
 

Kathleen M (211)
Saturday February 14, 2015, 5:21 pm
Interesting! Thanks, Carrie.
 
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