Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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PM supports curbing Left's foreign funding

Ministerial Committee on Legislation set to debate bill barring foreign governments, international organizations from contributing to leftist groups

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to support imposing restrictions on foreign funding available to leftist organizations in Israel.


According to a Monday report on Channel 2, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation will debate legislation barring foreign governments and international organizations from contributing to leftist organizations, and both Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will back the bill.


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The bill's brief said that it "seeks to bar Israeli organizations from accepting donations from governments and international bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union, in light of the inciting activities by many groups that operate under the guise of 'human rights groups' and wish to affect the political discourse and even the very nature of the State of Israel."


The State "cannot allow other nations to flagrantly interfere in its internal affairs," the brief continued. "This bill does not aim to impede the work of social organization, but to stop other nations from interfering in Israeli politics via their funding of political groups, and to end the involvement of foreign elements in determining Israel's future nature."


The Chairman of the Yisrael Beiteinu faction MK Robert Ilatov, who – together with MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) – formulated the bill, told Ynet that the legislation aims "to stop external elements from interfering in our internal affairs."


The bill, MK Hotovely added, "will debunk organizations and associations trying to hurt Israel."






פרסום ראשון: 11.07.11, 22:07
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