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Published On: Fri, Mar 20th, 2015

Obama’s State Department spent $350K to oppose Netanyahu

President Obama said he wouldn’t meet with the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu because he didn’t want to influence Israel’s elections, but the State Department gave $350,000 to OneVoice, an organization that backed an anti-Netanyahu organization in Israel called Victory 15.
V15 worked up to the last possible moment to unseat Netanyahu, a move called into question by Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Lee Zeldin (Republicans from Texas, New York respectively). Cruz says had “launched a political campaign against” the Israeli leader in the run-up to the election which was held on Tuesday.
“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?” Cruz asked.
Fox detailed the move:

OneVoice, which until November was headed by a veteran diplomat from the Clinton administration, quickly bushed off claims from critics that its backing of V15 meant it was targeting Netanyahu. Such an effort would be illegal under its tax-exempt status, which falls under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 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.

State Dept photo John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu, April 2013

State Dept photo John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu, April 2013

“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,” Cruz tells Fox News.

OneVoice says it works towards achieving a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and believes that Israel’s 1967 borders should form a starting point for negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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