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Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

“Has President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu and his representatives?” Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, also a Republican, asked Sec. of State John Kerry in a letter Thursday.

They asked “for information regarding media reports that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund efforts to influence upcoming elections in Israel.”

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The Jewish Press reported here this week that non-profit and tax-exempt leftist groups  are campaigning to dump Netanyahu.

Sen. Cruz asked:

This administration’s relentless harassment of Israel is utterly incomprehensible. The Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing the deadliest weapons on the planet, and there can be no doubt that their first target will be Israel, followed by the United States. This administration should be focusing its animosity on the very real enemies we face, not on our staunch allies.

Zeldin added, “It is completely unacceptable to use U.S. tax dollars to influence the elections in Israel. State Department grants should never be given to entities working to overthrow strong allies like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. We have great allies around the world, but Israel is our strongest, and a beacon of freedom in a region filled with radical Islamic extremists and state sponsored terrorism. Today, I join with Sen. Ted Cruz in calling for a U.S. Department of State investigation into this important matter.”

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Zeldin request asked Kerry to answer eight questions:

— How much funding has the U.S. Government provided to OneVoice, PeaceWorks Network Foundation, and any connected initiatives, projects or subsidiaries?

— Who approved providing such funds?

—What is the oversight and accounting process for how these funds are being spent?

— How often and on what dates has such funding been provided?

— What were the specific reasons and terms for providing funds, and how are these funds specifically being spent?

— Can the Department of State guarantee that none of these funds have been or will be used in the endeavor detailed above, namely the partnership with V15, or any similar effort to exert undue influence over the Israeli political process?

— Was there any knowledge from the State Department or other U.S. government officials of the partnership with V15 prior to providing funds to OneVoice?

— Does OneVoice’s work with V15 violate its 501(c)(3) status (or the status of the PeaceWorks Network Foundation) as a tax-exempt organization and should such status be revoked?

In the letter, Cruz and Zeldin wrote, “Of course private American citizens are free to engage in political activities according to their inclinations, but given the overtly partisan nature of this particular case, we are deeply concerned by the relationship that also exists between OneVoice and the U.S.”

 

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

19 COMMENTS

  1. The nature of the political relationship between the US and Israel gives the US the space to act deceptively against the Jewish State. The US can always say we give weapons to the Israelis, therefore we are acting as friends. When in truth, the US Democratic Party would like nothing more than to bury every last Israeli to maintain good relations with what is left of the Arab world. There is no moral consideration or decency among secular Leftists, it is 6 million Jews VS 1 billion Muslims, an easy choice. It is very easy for the democratic party to accept as their leader a liar, illegitimate Muslim Brotherhood leader, and gladly throw all Jews under the Arab genocide machine.

  2. The Obama administration has the potential to be worse for the environment than the Koch Brothers. How? It will take thousands of years to decontaminate the land poisoning by Iran after it gets and discharges a nuclear weapon. Instead of addressing than challenge, the POTUS is busy bashing Bibi and pedantically lecturing Israel.

  3. Israeli response to Media bias

    Even those who aren't particularly sympathetic to Israel's Benjamin
    Netanyahu, could get a good measure of satisfaction from this interview with British Television during the retaliation against Hamas' shelling of Israel.
    The interviewer asked him: "How come so many more Palestinians have been killed in this conflict than Israelis?" (A nasty question if there ever was one!)
    Netanyahu: "Are you sure that you want to start asking in that direction?"
    Interviewer: (Falling into the trap) Why not?

    Netanyahu: "Because in World War II more Germans were killed than British and Americans combined, but there is no doubt in anyone's mind that the war was caused by Germany's aggression.
    And in response to the German blitz on London, the British wiped out the entire city of Dresden, burning to death more German civilians than the number of people killed in Hiroshima.
    Moreover, I could remind you that in 1944, when the R.A.F. tried to bomb the Gestapo Headquarters in Copenhagen, some of the bombs missed their target and fell on a Danish children's hospital, killing 83 little children.

    Perhaps you have another question?"
    Apparently, Benjamin Netanyahu gave an interview and was asked about Israel's occupation of Arab lands.
    His response was, "It's our land". The reporter (CNN or the like) was stunned –
    read below "It's our land…" It's important information since we don't get
    fair and accurate reporting from the media and facts tend to get lost in the
    jumble of daily events.

    "Crash Course on the Arab Israeli Conflict."
    Here are overlooked facts in the current & past Middle East situation.
    These were compiled by a Christian university professor:
    BRIEF FACTS ON THE ISRAELI CONFLICT TODAY…(It takes just 1.5 minutes to read!)
    It makes sense and it's not slanted. Jew and non-Jew — it doesn't matter.

    1. Nationhood and Jerusalem.
    Israel became a nation in 1312 BCE, Two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
    2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.
    3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 BCE, the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
    4. The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 CE lasted no more than 22 years.
    5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital. Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity. Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.
    6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy scriptures.
    Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran.
    7. King David founded the city of Jerusalem. Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.
    8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Muslims pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.
    9. Arab and Jewish Refugees: in 1948 the Arab refugees were encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land of Jews Sixty-eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli soldier.
    10 The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to Arab
    brutality, persecution and pogroms.
    11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated to be
    around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is estimated to be the same.
    12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory. Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated into their own people's lands.
    Jewish refugees; that includes over a million Jewish refugees expelled from Arab countries, were completely absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New Jersey …
    13. The Arab-Israeli Conflict: the Arabs are represented by eight separate
    nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost. Israel defended itself each time and won.
    14. The PLO's Charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.
    Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them.
    15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to people of all faiths.
    16. The UN Record on Israel and the Arabs: of the 175 Security Council
    resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against Israel.
    17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429 were directed against Israel.
    18. The UN was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by the Jordanians.
    19. The UN was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.
    20. The UN was silent while the Jordanians enforced an apartheid-like a policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
    These are incredible times. We have to ask what our role should be. What will we tell our grandchildren about what we did when there was a turning point in Jewish destiny, an opportunity to make a difference?

    START NOW- Send this to 18 other people you know and ask them to send it to eighteen others, Jew and non-Jew–it doesn't really matter.

  4. Normally I would say that this is shocking, but nothing the Obama Administration does shocks me any more. To Obama, the police are the bad guys and guys like Michael Brown are the good guys. Obama's views are so twisted it is incredible.

  5. Netanyahu is so superior to that punk Obama. Netanyahu deeply cares about his Country and his people. He is strong and principles so unlike the wimp in the White House. Obama is a radical Muslim, deceit runs through his veins and he is backing the terrorists against the U.S., Israel and all decent people.

    Obama is reprehensible! An obnoxious, overgrown, pouty, lying child stomping his foot, demanding his own way and plotting evil against anyone who refuses to acknowledge him as deity that has ultimate control of life, death, the weather, how much of a person's finances they may keep. He spends taxpayer money lavishly on himself. I'm sure he will leave the White House empty.

  6. As an American, I would like to hear the answers to those questions; but nothing Obama/Kerry says can be believed anyway. "I can't recall" is the favorite answer of White House inhabitants, and sorry to say, it started with Condeleza Rice during the Bush years.

  7. Nancy Fisher – Just in case no one has reminded you today, you are an ignorant idiot who has no clue as to what you say! President Obama may be a lot of things, but one thing he is NOT is a Muslim, radical or otherwise. Seems like you think you can make something become true if you lie about it enough! It worked well for the NAZI party in Germany, and the repubs in this country have been using it very effectively, but a lie is still a lie and just because you believe the lie does not make it so. Like people hvae said before, you are a low class ignorant idiot!

  8. Richard Holmes, you continue to say things that simply are nt true! President Obama does NOT think the police are the bad guys and that Michael Brown was a good guy! No matter what you think, The police murdered Michael Brown and the officer who murdered him had no idea that he was wanted for robbing a store. He murdered him because he was a coward. President Obama pointed out that Brown was unarmed and that no one should make a judgement before all the facts were in. If you heard different you are the only one! You hate President Obama so much you are a good republican and make up your own facts and repeat them so often you actually believe your own lies!

  9. Edward Lobel We will soon see who's opinion is the truth or not…right Mr Lobel. I have NEVER heard Obama call the BIBLE the HOLY BIBLE….however I have heard him comment publicly about the holy koran. Where I come from, that's called a CLUE. Time will tell who and what the man believes in….maybe TOO LATE. It does not take a republican to figure that one out.

  10. Dixie Vangelisti I agree. He can be found on youtube speaking of the "holy koran"…he can also be found on youtube mocking and taking our scriptures out of context. Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. (a Muslim name), prior to slithering his way into the white house, spent time with muslim friends and family, he was not a Chrisitan…he couldn't quote a Biblical scripture if his life depended on it, and even with speech notes, he manages to murder the scriptures. He has no idea what he is talking about when he brings a scripture into a speech or conversation. The only good thing about Obamanation is what we knew before he even was elected the first time….that "IF" he somehow won, that he would be a tool God would choose to use to help bring the U.S. into the end times…winning the second term only proved it.

  11. We The Patriotic People of America stand with the great nation of Israel. We love and respect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Please remember us in your prayers as we pray for you. Senator Ted Cruz is a good man, he is honest and speaks truth. He is also a great leader. Blessings and peace be with you Mr. Netanyahu and with beautiful Israel.

  12. Edward Lobel, from your last reply I believe that you should never write another sentence here again. You just proved your total ignorance. You wouldn't be able to walk in Darrin Wilson's shoes for a minute as you are the coward and don't believe in facts.

  13. Edward Lobel Obama sent 3 representatives from the White House to Brown's funeral, yet Obama did not send a single representative to James Foley's (the American journalist beheaded by ISIS) funeral. I rest my case. With regard to a person who believes their own lies, that would be you. There is no credible evidence that Officer Wilson did anything wrong. It was a slam dunk case of self-defense. If a person attacks a police officer and tries to take their gun, that person i probably going to get shot. It doesn't matter what color the person is. The lesson is do not physically assault a police officer and try to take their gun. By the way, I think plenty of cops are jerks. The police are far from perfect. But in this particular case, I don't see any wrongdoing.

  14. He is Muslim do some research. Get the facts. Both his father and stepfather were Muslim. He went to a Muslim school and declared on the paperwork that he is in fact Muslim. In fact when he went to that school he had to give up US citizenship. Show me the paperwork that ever undid that? His SS number was issued in CT and he went to college in the us with a foreign exchange student aid. The truth is out there if you want.

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