With Israeli elections set for March 17, 2015, current polls show a dead heat between PM Netanyahu’s Likud Party, and the center/left party the “Zionist Camp.” Headlines – rightfully – are blaring about the foreign intervention of funders including the State Department, a slew of extreme left-wing foundations, including the Ford Foundation, and celebrities including Joel Fields, the creator of the hit-TV Show The Americans, working on the campaign which is supposedly focused on electing anyone -- “just not Bibi.”
Headquartered in New York on West 38th Street, the V15/One Voice campaign saw the Likud Party accuse the non-profit of using “millions of dollars funneled from Europe, the U.S. and the New Israel Fund and international factors.” Similarly, on Friday Senator Ted Cruz roared that Obama is funding the anti-Netanyahu campaign and said “Americans who support Israel deserve to know whether their President is actively working to remove him from office. And, even more troubling, whether U.S. tax dollars are being used to fund the campaign.”
And while it is clear that the State Department has funded One Voice– and Obama has no-love for Bibi, what is perhaps more troubling is the history of this organization. A review of tax filings finds that One Voice paid $96,000 in 2011 to Howard Sumka. Media reports show that Sumka was instrumental in providing “$1 million in American funding to a Hamas-run university in the Gaza Strip.” when he served as West Bank and Gaza Mission Director for US Aid. A short road from funding Hamas institutions to working to defeat Netanyahu.
Similarly, by reviewing the organization’s 990 tax filings, there are annual donations to the American Task Force on Palestine. Very few Israelis would choose shared ideology with the American Task Force On Palestine, whose mission includes “An end to the Israeli occupation and the evacuation of all Israeli settlements,” and a “just solution for the Palestinian refugee problem, in accordance with international legality and the relevant UN resolutions.”
An executive board member of One Voice is Samer Hamadeh, who told Bloomberg in 2008 that "I grew up in Fresno, Calif., I went to Stanford, my parents left Palestine when they were kids and never looked back. I didn't realize that I was Palestinian until my teens and not really what that meant until after 9/11.” Do prospective voters in Israel of the "Zionist Camp” identify with ideological backing from Hamadeh? One thinks that his ideology is most likely not in line with the mainstream voters that Issac Herzog and Tzipi Livni are chasing.
Alongside these pro-Palestinian interests are other radical left-wingers, including The Ford Foundation ($1,018,150 since 2004); Nathan Cummings Foundation ($375,000 since 2003); Skoll Foundation ($150,000 since 2011); Walter and Elise Haas Fund ($145,000 since 2007); Rockefeller Brothers Fund Inc. ($100,000 since 2012); and William & Flora Hewlett Foundation ($25,000 since 2004). These extremists have long funded dangerous anti-Israel organizations including the New Israel Fund.
One Voice International’s “Entertainment Council” includes Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, Jason Alexander & Danny Devito, yet the real head honcho is Joel Fields, whose hit-TV show "The Americans" premiered Season Three this week. He is listed on tax returns as a member of the Board of Directors.
OneVoice claims to be “an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.”
While OneVoice will have hundreds of people going door-to-door throughout Israel to try and defeat Netanyahu, the funds for that effort were funneled through One Voice’s NYC West 38th Street by a hodge-podge of left-wing extremists, the State Department, and Palestinian-Americans.
As CEO of one of America’s largest public relations agencies, I am not surprised that Obama’s consultants are working for the liberals in Israel – That is how it works. Netanyahu is one damn tough Jew – yet he’s facing an army of opponents whose interests are much different than those concerned with the prosperity and security of the Jewish State.
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