More evidence has been discovered proving that former President Barack Obama used American tax dollars to fund a pro-Palestinian group determined to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government.
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) recently uncovered new information in its ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit pointing to direct correspondence between the CEO of an anti-Israel group that was accepting payments from the Obama State Department – and undisclosed recipients at the State Department itself.
Info stacking up against Obama
The Obama administration’s attempts to distance itself from the pro-Palestinian Authority (P.A.) Mahmoud Abbas group is being undermined by this new discovery – as its efforts to defeat Netanyahu in upcoming elections in Israel continue to become more obvious as more evidence unsurfaces, courtesy of the State Department.
“[ACLJ] received the latest set of documents from the State Department pursuant to our request for government records regarding U.S. taxpayer grants to OneVoice Israel and OneVoice Palestine – the nonprofit organizations that used digital infrastructure built with U.S. government funds to orchestrate an attempt to unseat the government of Israel in 2015,” ACLJ revealed. “The records we obtained include further confirmation of the bias of the OneVoice organizational leadership against Israel and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and in favor of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.”
The connection between Obama’s State Department and the pro-Palestinian group is being confirmed by new communications revealing that operatives within the president’s administration were fully on board with the movement’s goals to oust Israel’s government.
“The emails from Marc Ginsberg – then-CEO of the OneVoice Movement – show they were sent to an undisclosed ‘listserve,’ however, the fact that the State Department has turned these documents over to the ACLJ as part of our FOIA lawsuit evidence that some as yet unknown individuals within the State Department were among the intended recipients,” ACLJ’s legal team disclosed. “While it may not be unusual for a former Ambassador who spent his career at the State Department to remain in contact with State Department officials, these emails provide evidence that the State Department was aware of this anti-Israel group’s overtly political nature as far back as September 2013 and its true anti-Israel intentions throughout the grant period.”
The truth is in the emails …
ACLJ attorneys highlighted one incriminating email sent by Ginsberg in March 2014 – titled “It’s Just Not Good Enough to Be Prime Minister of AIPAC’ – that works against the Obama administration by clearly exposing the pro-Abbas group’s anti-Israel sentiment aimed at deposing Netanyahu via upcoming elections.
“In [the email], he attacked Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for blaming the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinians on the Palestinian leaders,” the ACLJ shared. “Ginsberg claimed that Netanyahu’s stated concerns about the Palestinian leadership – flooding Israel with Palestinian refugees, refusing to recognize Israel as a Jewish State, and seeking to ‘amputate’ parts of the Negev and Galilee from Israel – were unfounded. Of course, Abbas himself has since discarded the façade of the moderate peacemaker and confirmed once and for all that such concerns on the part of Israel are entirely valid.”
Another one of the State Department’s revealing emails sent by Ginsberg in August 2014 – titled “Can Gaza Ever Be Pacified?” – was unleashed by the ACLJ, showing the OneVoice Movement’s contempt for Israel protecting itself from Palestinian attacks.
“In [the second email], Ginsberg criticized Israel’s military operations and suggested that Israel should take steps to ‘re-empower the moderate Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas,’” ACLJ attorneys uncovered. “This plug of support for Abbas is unsurprising, however, in light of the revelation in documents we previously obtained that Abbas’s own son is a senior adviser to OneVoice Palestine.”
The State Department turned over Ginsberg’s emails because they were transmitted during its grant period to OneVoice – to one or more employees within the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), which is the State Department office that handles U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic relations with Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
“It is clear from these emails that the Obama State Department was aware of OneVoice’s opposition to Netanyahu and support for Abbas – whose son was one of its leaders – at the same time State was doling out hundreds of thousands of U.S. taxpayer dollars to it,” the Christian legal group divulged.
But things get even worse for the Obama administration in a third email from Ginsberg dated in September 2013 and titled, “friends and colleagues” – referring to State Dept. officials as the recipients – which announced his new role as the CEO of the OneVoice Movement and PeaceWorks Foundation.
“In an attachment to that email, describing the work of OneVoice – sent just three days after OneVoice submitted its final grant proposal to the State Department (via the Embassy in Tel Aviv) – it is unequivocally communicated that the organization’s purpose is ‘to deploy traditional political advocacy tools along with 21st century social and digital media to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to directly petition their leaders to advocate support for the [Kerry-led two-state solution] talks,’” ACLJ divulged.
And the incrimination of Obama administration goes all the way up to the former president’s top officials.
“We learned about one such tool in another email sent by Secretary of State John Kerry’s Deputy Chief of Staff Jonathan Finer (6 days before he was named Chief of Staff – and more importantly, exactly one week after the State Department falsely told Congress no funds were used to influence the Israeli election) to Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, among others,” the D.C.-based attorneys revealed. “That email contains a memo describing the creation of a video posted to the Facebook page of V15-Victory 2015 (the group with which OneVoice partnered for this campaign) showing: a person going to the polls, while Binyamin and Sarah Netanyahu pack their things. When the voter casts her ballot, the door to the prime minister’s residence slams shut behind the Netanyahus. At the end of the video, the polling official tells the voter: ‘Thank you. Good bye.’ The accompanying post states: ‘On 17 March, we’ll tell Bibi thank you, good bye.’”
Putting the emails in perspective
It is indicated that this last piece of evidence puts the last nail in the coffin of the Obama administration regarding the matter of its knowledge that it was taking part in pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli funding … with American tax dollars.
“This is clear evidence that high-ranking State Department officials were keenly aware of OneVoice’s true intentions to ‘replace the government’ of Israel,” ACLJ attorneys argue. “In short, these documents provide further confirmation that the Obama State Department had ample reason from the outset of the OneVoice grant request – as well as during the grant period – to know OneVoice’s intentions and to ensure that U.S. government funds were not used in any way to interfere in the political elections of another country. Only because the Department willfully turned a blind eye and failed to take such steps, however, were the very ‘social and digital media’ platforms OneVoice built with those grant funds able to be used to oppose the re-election of the Prime Minister of our ally, Israel.”
ACLJ attorneys also noted that the Obama administration deliberately misled Americans and Congress to believe that it knew nothing about the anti-Israeli motivations behind the pro-Palestinian group aimed at getting rid of Netanyahu.
“When U.S. legislators learned of these grants to OneVoice – and OneVoice’s political goals and activities – several of them wrote to the State Department to express their concerns and ask for further information,” ACLJ’s legal team recounted. “One such letter came from Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Lee Zeldin, on January 29, 2015, [and] the State Department’s response – dated February 23, 2015 – is included in the latest production of documents we received as a result of our FOIA request.”
The failed coverup was then exposed:
“In its response letter, the Obama State Department provided its assurances that ‘there is absolutely no basis to claims that the Department of State has funded efforts to influence the current Israeli election campaign,’” ACLJ uncovered. “That was simply not true. At best, the Obama State Department shirked its responsibility by failing to gather all the facts from key officials before responding to an inquiry by Members of Congress. At worst, it intentionally misled them.”
After looking at the facts, a concise analysis of the documents was made – one that leaves the Obama administration with a lot of explaining to do.
“What we the people have since learned is that State Department (i.e., U.S. taxpayer) funds were in fact used (even if indirectly) for precisely this purpose,” ACLJ attorneys insisted. “As the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs concluded, OneVoice absolutely ‘did use the campaign infrastructure and resources that it had built, in part, with State Department funds to support a campaign to defeat Prime Minister Netanyahu in the 2015 elections.’”
And ACLJ’s conclusion shows that Obama and his State Department were indeed guilty of funding a movement with American tax dollars that not only supported the terrorist-group (Hamas) led Palestinians, but one that was also focused on unseating Netanyahu and his Israeli government.
“So, not only did the Obama Administration know of this anti-Israel group’s true intent at the time it was sending U.S. taxpayer funds to it and it knew that one of its leaders was none other than Abbas’s son, but it then covered it up,” ACLJ concluded. “The more we learn, we see just how far the Obama Administration went to undermine our strongest ally in the Middle East.”
Previous information obtained by ACLJ also pointed to the Obama administration’s deceit when addressing the legislative branch of government.
“WND reported last month ACLJ had found evidence the Obama State Department misled Congress about the use of U.S. tax money to intervene in the Israeli election,” WND reported. “ACLJ explained the U.S. taxpayer funds were distributed ‘with clear political goals of undermining – indeed, unseating – the sitting prime minister of a U.S. ally.’”
It was also divulged that earlier this year in January, Obama’s party perpetuated its coverup of the situation.
“Democrats have been virtually silent on the issue,” the conservative independent news agency noted.
Confirming what was already known …
Nearly two years ago in July 2016, the largest conservative daily in the nation’s capital revealed the Obama administration’s conspiracy to unseat America’s longtime ally, Netanyahu, from office – and the exact amount of U.S. taxpayer funds was also mentioned.
“The State Department paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year’s Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday,” the Washington Times announced at the time. “Some $350,000 was sent to OneVoice, ostensibly to support the group’s efforts to back Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement negotiations. But OneVoice used the money to build a voter database, train activists and hire a political consulting firm with ties to President Obama’s campaign – all of which set the stage for an anti-Netanyahu campaign, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations said in a bipartisan staff report.”
But ignorance of the situation was once again claimed by the Obama administration.
“In one stunning finding, the subcommittee said OneVoice even told the State Department’s top diplomat in Jerusalem of its plans in an email, but the official, Consul General Michael Ratney, claims never to have seen them,” the Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan explained at the time. "He said he regularly deleted emails with large attachments — a striking violation of open-records laws for a department already reeling from former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s handling of official government records.”
Needless to say, Netanyahu did not fall victim to Obama’s pro-Palestinian funding, and Obama’s team slipped away from the situation virtually unscathed.
“Mr. Netanyahu survived the election, and the U.S. spending was not deemed illegal because the State Department never put any conditions on the money,” Dinan noted. “Investigators also said OneVoice didn’t turn explicitly political until days after the grant period ended.”
Sen. Rob Portman, who served as the chairman of the investigative committee chided Obama’s State Department for its inappropriate conduct and handling of taxpayer funds.
“The State Department ignored warnings signs and funded a politically active group in a politically sensitive environment with inadequate safeguards,” Portman declared after the discovery, according to the Washington Times. “It is completely unacceptable that U.S. taxpayer dollars were used to build a political campaign infrastructure that was deployed – immediately after the grant ended – against the leader of our closest ally in the Middle East. American resources should be used to help our allies in the region, not undermine them.”
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