Senate panel probing ‎possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort


B00Mer
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Senate panel probing ‎possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort



A powerful U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a bipartisan probe into an American nonprofit’s funding of efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Obama administration’s State Department gave the nonprofit taxpayer-funded grants, a source with knowledge of the panel's activities told FoxNews.com.

The fact that both Democratic and Republican sides of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations have signed off on the probe could be seen as a rebuke to President Obama, who has had a well-documented adversarial relationship with the Israeli leader.

The development comes as Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel Two television station this week that there were “governments” that wanted to help with the “Just Not Bibi” campaigning -- Bibi being the Israeli leader’s nickname.

It also follows a FoxNews.com report on claims the Obama administration has been meddling in the Israeli election on behalf of groups hostile to Netanyahu. A spokesperson for Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican and chairman of the committee, declined comment, and aides to ranking Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, did not immediately return calls.

The Senate subcommittee, which has subpoena power, is the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ chief investigative body with jurisdiction over all branches of government operations and compliance with laws.

But a source familiar with the matter confirmed for FoxNews.com that the probe -- undisclosed until now -- was both underway and bipartisan in nature.

According to the source, the probe is looking into “funding” by OneVoice Movement – a Washington-based group that has received $350,000 in recent State Department grants, and until last November was headed by a veteran diplomat from the Clinton administrations.

A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israel-based Victory 15 campaign, itself guided by top operatives of Obama’s White House runs, which seeks to “replace the government” of Israel.

“It’s confirmed that there is a bipartisan Permanent Subcommittee inquiry into OneVoice’s funding of V15,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity about the American group, which bills itself as working for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In his television interview, Netanyahu said the coalition seeking to oust him is generously funded by foreign donors who are also encouraging a high voter turnout among Israel's Arab and left-wing voters in a bid to replace the existing leadership.

He characterized the campaign against him as "unprecedented." While Netanyahu pointed the finger at “European countries and left-wing people abroad,” some observers note that he held back from openly criticizing Obama during his recent trip to the U.S. to address Congress on problems his government sees with administration-backed efforts to reach a nuclear weapons inspection deal with Iran.

“We appreciate all that President Obama has done for Israel,” Netanyahu told lawmakers -- while Obama refused to meet with the Israeli leader, and later criticized his speech as “nothing new.”

No direct link has been confirmed between Obama and the anti-Netanyahu campaign in Israel, but polls have shown that a large majority of Israelis believe the administration has been interfering in the election, set for March 17.

One expert told FoxNews.com earlier this month the State Department grants constituted indirect administration funding of the anti-Netanyahu campaign by providing OneVoice with the $350,000 -- even though State Department officials said the funding stopped in November, ahead of the announcement of the Israeli election.

Gerald Steinberg, founder and president of NGO Monitor, which tracks money flows to unmask non-governmental organizations that deviate from their stated human rights or humanitarian agendas, said even ostensibly unrelated grants keep an organization going during periods it is not engaged in political activity.

Indeed, by January, OneVoice – whose focus on Israel’s 1967 borders as a negotiating starting point reflects Obama’s thinking but is counter to Netanyahu’s – had announced its partnership with V15.

Around the same time, Jeremy Bird, who served as Obama’s deputy national campaign director in 2008, and his national campaign director in 2012, arrived in Israel to help direct V15. Bird took with him additional former Obama campaign operatives to help V15 achieve its goal of knocking on one million doors to make the case for a change in Israel’s leadership.

OneVoice is barred from directly targeting Netanyahu by U.S. law regulating its tax-exempt status, and doing so would threaten that status.

One Voice spokesman Payton Knox denied claims the group is working with the administration in the upcoming Israeli election.

"OneVoice is eager to cooperate with any inquiry,” he said Saturday. “And after a fair examination, we are confident no wrong doing will be found.”

But the recent FoxNews.com investigation showed that the nonprofit, in its 2014 Annual Report, said its Israel branch would be “embarking on a groundbreaking campaign around the Israeli elections.” In partnering with V15, the two groups have operated from adjacent offices in Tel Aviv.

In addition to McCaskill, other Democrats on the subcommittee are Sens. Jon Tester of Montana, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

Republican subcommittee members, who form the majority, are Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Rand Paul of Kentucky, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, in addition to Portman.

State Department documents say the grants to OneVoice were meant for the group’s work in encouraging both Palestinian grass-roots civic activism and Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. The State Department itself, meanwhile, denied any of the funds had been used for election campaign activities despite OneVoice’s backing of V15.

Launched in 2002 by snack bar mogul Daniel Lubetzky and boasting the star power of such celebrities as Brad Pitt, Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Sir Paul McCartney among its honorary advisors, OneVoice was headed until November by Marc Ginsberg, who advised President Carter on Middle East policy and served as President Clinton’s ambassador to Morocco.

Ginsberg, who has described the administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a “window of opportunity,” is now serving OneVoice as “special advisor” after resigning as CEO at a time that turned out to be just ahead of the early December announcement of the Israeli election.

“I resigned on November 11, 2014, because I had only committed to serve as CEO for one year and my resignation was effective December 19, 2014,” he wrote in an email to FoxNews.com. “I agreed to be available after that as a Senior Adviser on an occasional basis to the organization…along with many others, but have had ZERO decision-making authority over personnel, budgets, programs, etc. That responsibility was transferred to the Executive Director of the OneVoice Europe organization after I resigned.”

source: Source: Senate panel probing ‎possible Obama administration ties to anti-Netanyahu effort | Fox News

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Guess Obama administration are crying in their soup..

Seriously, what should be done if Obama tried to do election engineering against PM Harper??


 
petros
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You do realize Israel went from a Secular Democracy to Theocracy?

Theocracy | Define Theocracy at Dictionary.com
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

You do realize Israel went from a Secular Democracy to Theocracy?

Theocracy | Define Theocracy at Dictionary.com

Makes sense, it's a Jewish State.
 
WLDB
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Makes sense, it's a Jewish State.


Culturally but their governments have been pretty secular.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Makes sense, it's a Jewish State.

No it's not.

Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB View Post

Culturally but their governments have been pretty secular.

Not even culturally. Everything they consider Israeli was there long before there was an Israel.
 
WLDB
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As for the actual issue - it wouldnt be the first time an American President has tried to influence the outcomes of elections in other countries.
 
Liberalman
Free Thinker
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Harper had an anti-Obama during the last American election and that led to the loss of the Keystone project
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by WLDB View Post

As for the actual issue - it wouldnt be the first time an American President has tried to influence the outcomes of elections in other countries.

This is true, but they topple regimes unfriendly to the USA and dictatorships.

This is not something you do to a country that is a US ally, or a democracy.

This action is unrepresented in US history, but this is a President and an administration that think it's above the law.

Again, as a Canadian citizen how would you feel if Obama started funneling money to political groups in Canada to influence an outcome a Canadian election the way the US Administration wants??
 
petros
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Theocracy
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

This is true, but they topple regimes unfriendly to the USA and dictatorships.

This is not something you do to a country that is a US ally, or a democracy.

This action is unrepresented in US history, but this is a President and an administration that think it's above the law.

Again, as a Canadian citizen how would you feel if Obama started funneling money to political groups in Canada to influence an outcome a Canadian election the way the US Administration wants??

You've obviously just disembarked some sort of trans planetary vessel and landed on these alien shores. Perhaps you should employ a native guide so you don't eat any dog poop by mistake.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaver View Post

You've obviously just disembarked some sort of trans planetary vessel and landed on these alien shores. Perhaps you should employ a native guide so you don't eat any dog poop by mistake.

Here we go, some idiot tries to derail another thread because they don't agree with the OP..

Doesn't have anything constructive to add, just insults and stupidity.. typical Troll.

Keep posting, someday you may post something intelligent darkbeaver.

Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Theocracy

You're off track..

But lets say Obama donates funds to a group that sponsors Elizabeth May and Green Party, because they don't like Oil and Gas in Alberta and Saskatchewan??

They want to see the Oil Sands shut down, no Keystone.
 
Cliffy
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Here we go, some idiot tries to derail another thread because they don't agree with the OP..

Doesn't have anything constructive to add, just insults and stupidity.. typical Troll.

Keep posting, someday you may post something intelligent darkbeaver.

No, Beav has a point. Your statements are like someone who just arrived. The US has toppled many a democratically elected government and even had democratically elected leaders assassinated, just to install brutal dictatorships that allow the US to exploit those countries people and resources. This has been American foreign policy since WW11. Study a little Yanky history.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by Cliffy View Post

No, Beav has a point. Your statements are like someone who just arrived. The US has toppled many a democratically elected government and even had democratically elected leaders assassinated, just to install brutal dictatorships that allow the US to exploit those countries people and resources. This has been American foreign policy since WW11. Study a little Yanky history.

Which democratically elected government did the U.S. government had a direct hand in toppling?

Provide links and proof, not some of your silly conspiracy B.S.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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In Latin America: Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Nicaragua, Cuba, etc., etc.
History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America

In the Middle East: In the aftermath of the most overt and direct U.S. attempt to manage affairs in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf War, it is more important than ever to understand how the United States came to be involved in the region and the disastrous consequences of that involvement. President Bush’s willingness to sacrifice American lives to remove Iraqi forces from Kuwait, to restore the “legitimate” government of that feudal monarchy, and to create a “new world order” proceeds logically from the premises and policies of past administrations. Indeed, there is little new in Bush’s new world order, except the Soviet Union’s assistance. That may mean the new order will be far more dangerous than the old, because it will feature an activist U.S. foreign policy without the inhibitions that were formerly imposed by the superpower rivalry. That bodes ill for the people of the Middle East, as well as for the long-suffering American citizens, who will see their taxes continue to rise, their consumer economy increasingly distorted by military spending, and their blood spilled—all in the name of U.S. leadership.

"Ancient History": U.S. Conduct in the Middle East Since World War II and the Folly of Intervention | Cato Institute

America's Middle East Scorecard: Many Interventions, Few Successes : Parallels : NPR

United States foreign policy in the Middle East - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

South East Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, etc.

1948-1991: US intervention and war in South East Asia
 
B00Mer
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So all that copy and paste, still don't see an ELECTED Government, and ally to the USA where the election has been tampered with.

Just a bunch of Anti-American BS as usual..

Muammar Gaddafi (Obama removed dictator)
Saddam Hussein (Bush removed dictator)

Both countries are run over by ISIS.
 
Cliffy
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

So all that copy and paste, still don't see an ELECTED Government, and ally to the USA where the election has been tampered with.

Just a bunch of Anti-American BS as usual..

Muammar Gaddafi (Obama removed dictator)
Saddam Hussein (Bush removed dictator)

Both countries are run over by ISIS.

Iran, elected government replace with the Shaw who was a brutal dictator and was eventually run out of the country. Pinochet brutal dictator in Chile, put in place of a dully elected socialist. CIA lead Contras to try to over throw elected Sandinista government in El Salvador. The list is endless but you keep believing in the American Dream. You remember what George Carlin said about that?

And both Libya and Iraq were handed over to ISIS by the US.
 
gore0bsessed
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https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/ne...terror-threats
US removes Iran and Hezbollah from list of terror threats

LOL. This may give Netanyahu a stroke.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Here we go, some idiot tries to derail another thread because they don't agree with the OP..

Doesn't have anything constructive to add, just insults and stupidity.. typical Troll.

Keep posting, someday you may post something intelligent darkbeaver.



You're off track..

But lets say Obama donates funds to a group that sponsors Elizabeth May and Green Party, because they don't like Oil and Gas in Alberta and Saskatchewan??

They want to see the Oil Sands shut down, no Keystone.

Is there an obligation to support Nutlessyahudi?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Is there an obligation to support Nutlessyahudi?

Yet Obama seems to side with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran.

He has become a rabid dog.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Yet Obama seems to side with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Iran.

He has become a rabid dog.

It's all over two things Nutlessyahudi said and guess what sunshine, Harper is in the same boat as Obama.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

It's all over two things Nutlessyahudi said and guess what sunshine, Harper is in the same boat as Obama.

Do tell.... I'm all ears this morning..
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00Mer View Post

Do tell.... I'm all ears this morning..

Why don't you know?
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Why don't you know?

You're stalling, guess you don't know.

You posed the question, I'm just calling you on it..
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Harper

"Sadly, we have yet to reach that point,” he said. “But, when that day comes, and come it must, I can tell you that Israel may be the first to welcome a sovereign Palestinian state, but Canada will be right behind you."

Enjoy!
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Enjoy!

Never happen.
 
petros
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Sorry, it will.

Did Harper stutter?
 
Locutus
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Is he motivated by spite?

It's as horrifying as watching a train wreck. As predicted in yesterday's post Obama's foreign policy has nowhere to go, but he's prepared to go there with considerable velocity. The New York Times says that Obama will go all out against the Israeli prime minister and may switch sides in the UN on the Palestinian issue.

The administration has reached the stage of pointless self destruction and even Tom Friedman knows it. In a doleful, despairing editorial he says it's hopeless. Nothing works. Everything has failed. It's all for nothing. "Have I ruined your morning yet? No? Give me a couple more paragraphs."
Only partially. Read them both.


Scratch A President - Small Dead Animals






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Literally making excuses for our enemies...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-18/iran-nuclear-test-was-mistake-not-cheating-u-s-officials-say …

And seeking to punish our allies.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/israels-america-united-116203.html …
 
B00Mer
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"pointless self destruction"

Pretty much describes the last 6 years of the Obama Presidency.

President Obama's 16 Watergates (So Far) | Blog | Media Matters for America

Freckless.
 
petros
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Canada supports a Palestinian State.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Canada supports a Palestinian State.

No, Canada supports the Arab Peace Initiative, as a potential basis for a Palestinian State.

Read between the lines.. Peace with Arabs first before a potential Palestinian State.

1. Peace with Arabs, an Oxymoron.

2. Potential no guarantee.

Hell I even agree with Harpers stance on a Palestinian State.