How Europe and the US subvert Israel’s sovereignty

By Vic Rosenthal

One of the most infuriating things about the struggle to keep a sovereign Jewish state is the degree of interference in its affairs by Western governments and interests — which are, with very few exceptions, anti-Israel in practice if not in word.

The Obama Administration has recently expressed its anger that Israel’s PM Netanyahu wants to ‘interfere in its affairs’ by accepting an invitation to speak to Congress on the subject of Iran. But interference in Israel’s affairs by Western governments is widespread and, unlike Netanyahu’s proposed speech, mostly hidden.  

 

For example, the European Union and individual European states contribute huge sums of money to various non-governmental organizations in Israel which are run and staffed by anti-Zionist Jewish extremists and Arabs. These organizations, like Adalah, B’Tselem, Rabbis for Human Rights, Breaking the Silence, etc., along with the international “human rights” establishment (Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, ICRC, and others) create and disseminate propaganda intended to delegitimize the state of Israel and criminalize its actions in self-defense.

Many of these groups work closely with anti-Israel UN forums like the UN Commission on Human Rights), providing raw data — mostly unsupported allegations from sources in terrorist organizations like Hamas — which are sanitized and used to buttress legal and diplomatic warfare against Israel. B’Tselem today is releasing a report which accuses the IDF and Netanyahu government of committing war crimes in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge this summer.

Europe is joined in funding these enterprises by the US governmentand various foundations in the US, among which the New Israel Fund(NIF) is prominent.

But apparently even this isn’t enough. Now a group funded from US and European sources is mounting an effort to defeat PM Netanyahuin the coming election.

Haaretz reporter Roi Arad revealed in an article in the Hebrew edition [January 26] that the foreign funded organization, “One Voice”, is bankrolling the V-2015 campaign to defeat Binyamin Netanyahu’s national camp in the March 2015 Knesset Elections.

One indication of the generous financing is that it has now flown in a team of five American campaign experts (including Jeremy Bird, the Obama campaign’s national field director) who will run the campaign out of offices taking up the ground floor of a Tel Aviv office building.

V-2015 is careful not to support a specific party – rather “just not Bibi”. As such, the foreign funds pouring into the campaign are not subject to Israel’s campaign finance laws.

I question the ‘grassroots’ character of a movement that involves a 5-man team of high-priced professionals including Bird, whose other clients include Hillary Clinton. And I question the honesty of claiming to be nonpartisan when you oppose one side in what is essentially a two-sided race.

The One Voice organization has close connections to the Obama Administration, and it lists the US State Department and the European Commission as ‘partners‘ (ironically, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry refuse to meet with Netanyahu on the grounds that it would constitute ‘interference’ in Israel’s election!)

It is reasonable to assume that if the details of this Astroturfingcampaign paid for by elements hostile to the state should become well-known in Israel that it will backfire. On the other hand, recent revelations of the anti-Zionist attitudes of several of Labor’s candidates — shocking to naive observers like myself — didn’t seem to hurt them in the polls.

It isn’t easy for a story like this to “grow legs” in Israel. All of the TV and radio broadcasters in Israel and most of the print media — a significant exception being the “Israel Hayom” newspaper — lean left and oppose PM Netanyahu. There is now an attempt in the Knesset (temporarily frozen due to the upcoming election) to ban free newspapers of a certain size and frequency of publication. It precisely fits Israel Hayom, of course.

Right-wing media have had a hard time here. The Arutz 7 radio station was unable to get a broadcast license, operated as a pirate station for a time, and finally was given a license by a special act of the Knesset — only to have it taken away by Israel’s Supreme Court. Now it broadcasts only on the Internet.

As an American, I thought I was familiar with polarized politics and the extreme tactics used by the Left to try to stifle free discussion of controversial issues. But in the US, the Right has managed to develop effective communications channels, while in even-more-polarized Israel, the Left has maintained its almost-monopoly on the ‘real’ media.

There is also a constant din of scandals (corruption, secret recordings, sex, you name it) that distracts people from the real scandal — the fact that our enemies are already inside the walls of our city and are trying to manipulate us into opening its gates.

January 28, 2015 | 10 Comments »

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  1. @ bernard ross:

    I would have hit Bolton with the complicity of Britain in-the murder of close to 7 million Jews and called it an antisemitic act on par with the Nazis but those Jewish Wusses those F#@#$king establishment court Jews are too afraid to speak the truth in their own defense. They abandon the field of battle to the enemy. No better than Kappos.

  2. With the full support of the Left. The worst enemy of IL are the Liberal Jews who in vast majority are on the left. With this kind of friend IL needs no more enemies.
    The American senate and congress will need to show where they stand.

  3. @ ArnoldHarris:
    @ Laura:
    I’m also in agreement with Mr. Harris statement. Israel should be able to expel any group coming to influence the political establishment.
    I also agree with Laura about the decay of Russia’s society. The more represion the worse the results.

  4. at least to the extent that your government would be able to shut down any and all anti-Jewish nationalist activities and expel any and all foreign troublemakers who are working in the interest of Israel’s enemies.

    I am in agreement with this.

    As for Russia, it is still a decaying society and rapidly islamizing even under authoritarian rule.

  5. I have been preaching for years, that if you people want to keep Israel alive as a functioning, independent, and defensible Jewish state for the more or less exclusive purpose of maintaining a homeland for the Jewish nation, then you have no workable option but to ditch democracy and choose an authoritarian government, at least to the extent that your government would be able to shut down any and all anti-Jewish nationalist activities and expel any and all foreign troublemakers who are working in the interest of Israel’s enemies.

    If that is too much for your tender and possibly liberal Jewish sensibilities, and you want a democratic state rather than a state organized for the exclusive well-being of the Jewish nation, than move to any of the American states in which abortion, homosexual marriages, gun control, legalized recreational use of narcotics, inability to stop criminal violence in minority neighborhoods, and averting community gaze from the growing menace of Islamic jihadism is gaining ground against puny efforts against it.

    If all that is what you really want, you can have it right away, courtesy of what formerly was a self-respecting United States of America.

    These are among the reasons that, among the superpowers, I cheer the reviving Russian state and the China as well. Both have tried democracy, and clearly saw the decay and chaos it brought to them.

    Does that make me a traitor? I don’t think so. I served this country in the uniform of the United States Army for three years. I pay my taxes. I obey all the laws. But all that was for an America that meant something totally different for a generation that was born in Great Depression era USA, saw their older brothers and cousins and younger uncles serve in World War 2, then did our own duty when we came of age. Now, we see all that rapidly evaporating as if it had never existed.

    You wait too long, your chances will run out. Just as they are running out over here. Fix Israel now.

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI

    Arnold Harris
    Mount Horeb WI

  6. Lets stop bellyaching and cut bait. Most if not all EU cesspools have been forever enemies of ours.
    It is time to call it a day.