Sen. Cruz: Has President Obama Launched a Political Campaign Against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu?
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz,
R-Texas, and Congressman Lee Zeldin, R-NY-1, today sent a letter to
Secretary of State John Kerry asking for information regarding media
reports that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used to fund efforts to
influence upcoming elections in Israel. This is from Senator Cruz's press release.
President Obama launched a political campaign against Prime Minister
Netanyahu and his representatives?” 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.”
is completely unacceptable to use U.S. tax dollars to influence the
elections in Israel,” said Rep. Zeldin. “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.”
specified in the letter, a recent article in the Israeli newspaper
Haaretz reports that a U.S. taxpayer-funded non-profit organization
called OneVoice is actively working with a campaign operation called
Victory 2015 (V15) in an effort to influence the upcoming elections in
Israel on March 17, 2015.
As a result, Sen. Cruz and Rep. Zeldin request answers to the following eight questions:
much funding has the U.S. Government provided to OneVoice, PeaceWorks
Network Foundation, and any connected initiatives, projects or
- 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?
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?
there any knowledge from the State Department or other U.S. government
officials of the partnership with V15 prior to providing funds to
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?
the letter, Cruz and Zeldin write, “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. Department of State.”
January 29, 2015
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu, Iran sanctions regime, Iranian nuclear threat, Knesset elections 2015, Ted Cruz