Senate Report: State Dept. Resources Used Against Netanyahu in 2015 Israel Vote

Though they insist no laws were actually broken, a new report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that the State Department provided resources within Israel which were diverted during the 2015 vote there to campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The incident was related to State Department funding for the OneVoice Movement, a group which is meant to bolster the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The report notes that in 2013, OneVoice was given $349,000 by the State Department to support peace talks that ended in failure in April of 2014.

With no peace talks to support, OneVoice diverted the resources from the State Department funded project to V15, an activist group founded to oust Netanyahu from office. OneVoice did inform a State Department official of it, but that diplomat insisted he never read the email.

The project funding allowed OneVoice to do what they did, but the report said that the State Department diplomats had been negligent in setting up the project in that way, noting that OneVoice had been politically active before, and the possibility of them doing so again should’ve been foreseen.

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  • andrewp111

    So what. This is the legitimate exercise of foreign policy. But at the same time it is amateurish. Operations like this should be done through the CIA in complete secrecy so that total deniability can be maintained.

    • GeorgyOrwell

      yea, exactly……like they took down Kaddafi. That would be nice.

  • rthomp8363

    Let me guess, all emails to and from Obama on this has been deleted or lost

  • RickR35

    They should have used more funds.

  • GeorgyOrwell

    Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that the State Department provided resources within Israel which were diverted during the 2015 vote there to campaign against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    finnally ….covert regime change operations I can indeed support.

  • Joji Cherian

    Now: The rule is simple Israel can meddle,no,dictate American policies and politics.The zombies in both houses will endorse them.Not otherwise