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U.S. State Dept. Spokesperson John Kirby checking his briefing book. Jan. 6, 2016

The U.S. is not as accustomed to the frenetic activity of radical NGO’s that exist in Western Europe, for example. But as Steinberg points out, in that part of the world, the same one which funnels enormous wads of cash to radical NGO’s in Israel, “NGOs are important vehicles for exercising the normative or ‘soft power’ that post-Cold War officials have defined as the central dimension of their foreign policy.”

In other words, only Israel is inundated with dozens of radical NGO’s which are primarily funded by outside governments to do harm to Israel’s own democratic process. And that is the context in which this proposed Transparency Law must be viewed.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. The US has the right to decide, amend comment or criticize Israeli laws, as Israel does when it comes to U.S laws…. the only reason U.S has issues with Israel’s Transparency Laws is due to the alarmingly high rate of NGO’s funding in the U.S from unnamed sources mostly foreign entities outside the U.S and self-serving private interests groups from within

  2. The US has the right to decide, amend comment or criticize Israeli laws, same way as Israel does when it comes to U.S laws…. the only reason U.S has issues with Israel's Transparency Laws is due to the alarmingly high rate of NGO's funding in the U.S from unnamed sources mostly foreign entities outside the U.S and self-serving private interests groups from within

  3. outrageous ! why is it that the disclosure of the donours financing 50% or plus of a NGO activity is threating Obama’s admiinistration? This kind of disclosure is normal in any democracy whether the US ot the EU. And 50% financing means control in every activity involving foreign governments….. What an hypocrital stance is taken by Shapiro the US Ambassadeur? By the way, why should Israel explain to the US Ambassadeur a clearly internal measure? We are still in the model of the banana republic…Besides the fact that the account of transparency in the US Law is absolutely false…. FARA, the Foreign Agents Registration Act.” requires not only registering with the Department of Justice and reporting on activities and financies …under the risk of prison !

  4. The US has a long record of foreign intervention especially in the middle east & israel. The US administration is concerned that the Israeli Transparency Law will expose the administration's interventionist funding. Many accused the Obama Admin, for instance, of funding efforts to oust Bibi in the last election. And although the State Department is public about its goal of dividing Israel and resting control of Jerusalem away from Jewish sovereinty, many in the US public dont realize this. All of these efforts will be exposed more fully if the Transparency Law is implemented and is the reason behind the US Administration's hostility.

  5. Of Course they would be against it, these World Powers don't want to get caught. No one will defend Israel but Israel, any country can say it is an Ally and be the biggest Enemy. Israel can not trust any Country, because of it's history with World Powers and the Countries Programming throughout time.

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