Saturday, July 16, 2016

U.S. Senate Report: Resources Built With State Funds Used Against Netanyahu in 2015 Israeli Election

Barak Ravid,

Image from article, with caption: V15 activists, with Itamar Weizmann (C), watch as the election results are announced, March 17, 2015.

Resources and databases belonging to a public diplomacy project on the peace process funded by the U.S. State Department were used by a local group that sought to topple Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s election, according to a report by a Senate investigative committee issued Tuesday. 

The report, issued by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, said the material was not obtained by the V15 organization due to a deliberate decision by senior State Department officials, but reached the group because of negligence by midlevel diplomats. 

The investigation was launched last year, when the relationship between the OneVoice Movement, a group that received State Department funding to promote the peace process, and V15 came under scrutiny by right-wing media outlets in America and Israel.

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