With Israeli elections set for March 17, 2015, current polls show a dead heat between PM Netanyahu’s Likud Party, and the center/left party the “Zionist Camp.” Headlines – rightfully – are blaring about the foreign intervention of funders including the State Department, a slew of extreme left-wing foundations, including the Ford Foundation, and celebrities including Joel Fields, the creator of the hit-TV Show The Americans, working on the campaign which is supposedly focused on electing anyone — “just not Bibi.”
Headquartered in New York on West 38th Street, the V15/One Voice campaign saw the Likud Party accuse the non-profit of using “millions of dollars funneled from Europe, the U.S. and the New Israel Fund and international factors.” Similarly, on Friday Senator Ted Cruz roared that Obama is funding the anti-Netanyahu campaign and said “Americans who support Israel deserve to know whether their President is actively working to remove him from office. And, even more troubling, whether U.S. tax dollars are being used to fund the campaign.”
Well, now that Netanyau has been re-elected and ‘One Voice’ failed in its attempt to overthrow him, they’ve decided to try a new tactic that allows for political activism.
From Fox News.
The American nonprofit OneVoice Movement – under scrutiny by a U.S. Senate panel over possible links to a campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – quietly filed paperwork that would allow it to engage in political activism after two leading Republican lawmakers questioned its use of government funds, FoxNews.com has learned.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., sent a letter Jan. 29 to Secretary of State John Kerry asking whether the group – as a recipient of almost $350,000 in recent grants from the Obama administration’s State Department – had violated its tax-exempt status when it began backing the virulently anti-Netanyahu Victory 15 campaign in Israel earlier that month.
Cruz also publicly asked whether Obama – who’s had a well-documented adversarial relationship with Netanyahu – had “launched a political campaign against” the Israeli leader in the run-up to the election which was held on Tuesday.
Just five days after the public dispatch of the Cruz-Zeldin letter, a “corporation service company” registered a new funding entity in Delaware called PeaceWorks Action, Inc. under a section of the tax code that still governs nonprofits, but allows them to engage in a limited amount of political activity. Listed under section is 501(c)4 of the tax code, PeaceWorks Action, Inc. is now featured on the OneVoice Website as one of OneVoice’s funders, alongside PeaceWorks Foundation, whose name has long been present, and which holds 501(c)3 status like OneVoice itself.
Critics are likely to see the registration as tacit admission that it had indulged in political activity alongside V15, which itself has been advised by former Obama campaign aides, including his top field organizer, Jeremy Bird.
Speaking exclusively with FoxNews.com, Cruz expressed outrage over the mounting indications the Obama administration could be implicated in efforts to meddle in the Israeli election.
“This is manifesting itself right now in President Obama’s national field director helping run the campaign to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu in Israel in coordination with a nonprofit group that has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the American taxpayer,” he said.
……“What does it say about the President of the United States when he’s more concerned about undermining and attacking the prime minister of Israel than he is standing up to the mortal threat a nuclear Iran poses?”
……the State Department awarded OneVoice the $350,000 in grant money in 2013, slotting more than $233,000 in staggered payments for OneVoice’s Israel branch, and earmarking the rest in staggered payments for OneVoice Palestine.
The State Department says the money for OneVoice Israel was to help pay for the group’s campaigning in support of talks between the Israelis and Palestinians following the attempt by Kerry to see the peace process restarted. But while those talks collapsed in April 2014, the State Department said in its response to the Cruz-Zeldin letter that its funding continued through Aug. 18 of that year.
Peace process, my ass. They’re funneling our tax dollars to terrorist organizations who want us dead and replaced with a Caliphate. You can’t get more treasonous than that.
One Voice holds Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in extreme contempt, as evidenced by OVI founder Daniel Lubetzky’s assertion that Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy—who has defended Hamas and called for a boycott against Israel—was “precisely right” in describing Netanyahu as an “extremist” peddler of “fear and hate.” In early 2015, OVI bankrolled the Israeli group V-2015 and its effort to defeat Netanyahu’s bid for reelection. Toward that end, OVI flew a team of five former campaign operatives of Barack Obama—including Jeremy Bird, who served as a national field director for Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns—to help run V-2015’s activities out of a Tel Aviv office building. As part of this anti-Netanyahu effort, OVI paid for hundreds of people to go door-to-door and try to influence voters throughout Israel.
And this little tidbit:
A key board member of OVI is Faisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim cleric who sought to build the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York. And the Movement’s “Entertainment Council” includes such luminaries as Jason Alexander, Danny Devito, Joel Fields, Ed Norton, and Brad Pitt.