Of Course It’s Okay to Get Involved in Elections

Sure it’s okay to get involved in the internal politics of another country.

When it’s Israel and especially when it’s anti-Netanyahu.

Here’s an excerpt from this story:

OneVoice development and grants officer Christina Taler said the group would be working with V15 on voter registration and get-out-the-vote efforts but would not engage in overtly partisan activities…While V15 has not endorsed any particular candidates, it is working to oppose Netanyahu in the March elections.

“We’ve formed a partnership with [V15], but it’s important to know we’re absolutely nonpartisan,” Taler told the Washington Free Beacon…OneVoice said in a press release on Tuesday that it is teaming up with V15 because Israel “need[s] a prime minister and a government who will be responsive to the people.”

OneVoice International received two grants from the U.S. State Department over the past year, and lists the agency as a “partner” on its website. Taler said the group is not using this money for its Israeli election-related efforts…

First of all, she’s lying. They are partisan.  And Obama-linked activists are involved.

Second, what they are doing would seem to be quite illegal by American tax laws and they should be sued to have their tax-exemption removed and then penalized for criminal actions.

Third, someone should appeal to the Central Elections Committee here in Israel to halt their work.

Fourth, a complaint should be made both to the tax authorities here and to the police.

Fifth, remember ‘spongeability’?  When the US demanded a freeze in construction of YESHA communities and if Israel did not comply, US funds would be deducted since even if not directly-linked, Baker & Bush declared that the since the money is spongeable, it would simply seep over from one budget item to another.  Here:

“This Administration is ready to support . . . absorption assistance to Israel of up to $2 billion per year for five years, provided there is a halt . . . to settlement activity,” Baker said. “The choice . . . is Israel’s.”

Yosef Ben-Aharon, Shamir’s chief of staff and a leader of Israel’s delegation to the peace talks, said he still hopes for a compromise. He said Israel is ready to promise not to spend any of the loan money in the occupied territories, although it will not restrict the use of funds from other sources.  Administration officials have said they will not accept that kind of deal because Israel has accelerated settlement activity despite a similar promise that it made last year to obtain $400 million in loans.

By the way, 1992 was an election year.

But we’re now in 2015.  Will V15 be knocked down like other V-rockets in the past?


About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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