Watchdog Group Says Israeli Election Subject to Massive and Blatant Subversion

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Professor Gerald M. Steinberg, President of watchdog group NGO Monitor, said that Israeli democracy suffers from the “severe problem of foreign interference.” Steinberg was responding to a Washington Post article, in which he was quoted, analyzing the role of foreign money in the Israeli election.

“No other democratic country in the world is subject to such massive interference and blatant subversion,” said Steinberg.

“Groups like V-15, OneVoice, Ameinu and the powerful New Israel Fund operate entirely outside Israeli government regulations and campaign financing laws, and this must end – no democracy can allow itself to be manipulated by unaccountable and irresponsible political frameworks.”

Earlier this week, Netanyahu warned that his political opponents in Israel’s general election on Tuesday were benefiting from “tens of millions” in foreign support.

The Washington Post published a story today about the amount of foreign money injected into the elections. While the paper said that there were millions in foreign money spent on the race, there was no evidence of tens of millions having been spent.

Steinberg praised The Washington Post piece for “highlighting the severe problem of foreign interference in and efforts to manipulate Israeli democracy,” but he thought it was too dismissive of European efforts to influence the elections.

“Kessler’s piece gave short shrift to the tens of millions of dollars provided annually by European governments to political groups such as B’tselem, Peace Now, and dozens more,” Steinberg said. “This practice is a form of modern imperialism, with the Europeans using money for NGOs as the main form of influence. All of these forms of interference and manipulation will be examined in detail in the Knesset in coming months.”

The Algemeiner Journal

{Matzav.com}

9 COMMENTS

  1. #1
    Sheldon Adelson is able to pour in a pittance compared to George Soros and the the rest of the and anti religious and Leftys’

  2. And look at how much money there seems to be to make rallies in stadiums and plaster the walls with non-stop posters…. This has got to be paid for by outsiders and it’s time we found out who they are!

  3. What Sheldon Adelson gives to Israeli elections is less than 2% of what the lefty-liberal-anti-Jewish-momzers pour into Israel for all their anti-Torah projects and programs.

  4. “Groups like V-15, OneVoice, Ameinu and the powerful New Israel Fund operate entirely outside Israeli government regulations and campaign financing laws”

    #1 is right, Sheldon Adelson has basically an infinitely large bank account. And he is no paragon of Torah values, at least in the operation of his businesses. Likud will never allow restrictions on foreign money because Adelson is their propagandist.

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