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Update:

According to Fox News the Senate has opened an investigation to probe whether “the Obama administration has been meddling in the Israeli election on behalf of groups hostile to Netanyahu.”

An unnamed source revealed to Fox New the bipartisan investigation is looking into a State Department grant to the OneVoice Movement, a Washington based NGO that currently subsidizes V15 (Victory 2015).

Haaretz:

A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israeli-based V15, which is claimed by Fox News to be guided by administration officials. V15 is advocating a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is thus committed to removing Netanyahu.

No direct link between Obama and such a campaign has been established, and the State Department announced that funding for the group stopped in November, before the elections were called. However, OneVoice did link up with V15 in January. Jeremy Bird, Obama’s previous campaign director, arrived in Israel to help direct V15, which was trying to reach a million households in an effort to remove Netanyahu. OneVoice is prohibited from directly targeting Netanyahu, but its Israeli partner V15 can carry out the campaign.

The Permanent Subcommittee of Investigations, under the purview  of U.S. Senate Committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, has jurisdiction over all branches of government operations and is the senate’s chief investigative body.

The probe comes one day after Netanyahu made the accusation on his Facebook page “Left wing and media elements here and abroad have banded together to bring Tzipi and Bouji to power illegitimately”

Original post:

Talk about wishful thinking, talk about projection — we’re having so much fun watching this V15 video from March 2 in which PM Benjamin Netanyahu has to pack up his bomb cartoon and leave the official residence with his wife Sara we decided to feature it twice today.  A friend thinks the screenshot below (from 0:45 in the video as the actors are on the precipice of taking one step out the door) is an impersonator but I think it’s some fancy photoshopping.

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V15 is an Israeli campaign to end Netanyahu’s reign. It has a former Obama campaign exec as a lead consultant. Netanyahu has complained about an international campaign to force him out.

One claim:

A closer look at [Jeremy] Bird’s consulting firm as well as its working relationship with the Israeli groups finds he is just one of scores of former senior Obama election campaign staffers now working on the anti-Netanyahu effort.

Bird was Obama’s national field director in 2012, and told the NYT thru a spokesperson:

“We’re witnessing something special happening in Israel right now: There’s a groundswell of organic energy as more than 10,000 supporters are coming together to have a voice in their country,” Mr. Bird said through the spokeswoman…

[T]he accusation that Mr. Bird’s involvement is inappropriate….given Mr. Netanyahu’s move to work with the House speaker…“It is eye-rolling for Netanyahu to complain about former Obama aides working against him when he cooked up a speech to Congress with Boehner and didn’t tell the White House,” said Tommy Vietor, a former National Security Council aide to Mr. Obama. “He has removed his ability to complain about playing politics by openly meddling in U.S. politics…”

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  1. Brewer
    Brewer
    March 13, 2015, 9:18 pm

    How apposite. Particularly resonant with me when I am working in a by-election that has a chance of curtailing the excesses of our Neo-con Netanyahu-fan P.M.

    http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2011/02/01/gordon-campbell-on-john-key%E2%80%99s-feeble-response-to-egypt/

  2. Kay24
    Kay24
    March 13, 2015, 9:46 pm

    Excellent Annie, it is heartening to see this, and thank you for bringing it to our attention.

    Things are looking bad for Beebs the war monger, right now. ALL the lies have been exposed, the arrogance, the inciting of wars, the control over our nation, and he must realize by now his idiotic speech only BACKFIRED on him. He has caused a lot of problems for Congress by acting so divisive, and if he thought for one minute his plan to disrespect and weaken the Presidency of the US, he was sadly mistaken. In the end it will be poetic justice if he loses.

    As for Boehner and the GOP, it seems they are mentally unfit to be leaders, and have shown poor judgement, and it is now obvious, they would connive with a foreign leader, to go against their own President.

    • annie
      annie
      March 13, 2015, 11:29 pm

      kay, the video almost has 590,000 views. it is very popular. when i looked at it this morning it had 550k. it’s getting lots of attention. by far i think it’s the best ad of this election. it’s very well thought out/paced psychologically … but mostly because it resonates with the times.

      edit: i just added a screenshot at the base of the actor grabbing a photo of netanyahu and adelson to — pack it up. wishful thinking indeed.

      • Susie Kneedler
        Susie Kneedler
        March 14, 2015, 8:54 pm

        Annie, Thanks for every bit of it: I love your work. (And you inspired me to check: over 619,000 views now.)

        I’m heartsick that no matter who wins, “our” Congress cares so little for human rights of the Palestinian people–or the Iranian people, or any people–that they cheer racist war-mongering.

        I’m grateful too for all the MW friends with great ethics who add fine research every day.

      • DavidDaoud
        DavidDaoud
        March 15, 2015, 9:36 pm

        687, 137 now

  3. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    March 13, 2015, 11:42 pm

    Thanks, Annie.

    And another door opens. I went looking for some video of Isaac Herzog, and found this from the Sabin conference last fall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qyhnHkLdl8

    All I can say is, what a breath of fresh air. It’s a little bit out of date, given Netanyahu’s recent visit, but in a thoroughly enjoyable way (especially Nancy Pelosi’s assurance to the crowd that the US government would never take sides in the Israeli election).

  4. Blownaway
    Blownaway
    March 13, 2015, 11:55 pm

    No no no! Not just for the Palestinians but for America too Bibi must win! He must be allowed to continue to insult the world. It’s the most anyone has done to shine a light on the plight of the Palestinians and the chokehold Israelis have on American Jews who I. Turn have a chokehold on congress. No one else can overplay that hand so well. Please don’t take joy in a loss for Bibi. We need Bibi! He’s the best chance for peace through crushing global sanctions ( at the grass roots anyway) I mean how much more abuse can obama take before he gets a spine

    • annie
      annie
      March 14, 2015, 1:16 am

      lol, blownaway..even if they vote him out he could still end up PM verrry easily. i’m not really seeing anyway anyone else could build a coalition as long as the arab list does really well (which of course i hope they do). the mark of a true progressive is building a coalition w/the arab list .. can/will that happen? remains to be seen, but i doubt it. so then we have netanyahu but with a very fed up public (here and there).

      • johneill
        johneill
        March 14, 2015, 2:44 am

        hopefully there will come a day when the knesset is a demographically representative body, but until then, it seems unlikely that any governing coalition will stray too far from the zionist narrative. even a ‘liberal’ pm will continue the occupation, though they might actually hesitate to ‘mow the grass’.
        anyway, it’s good to see netanyahu look sad, even if it is a lookalike.

      • W.Jones
        W.Jones
        March 14, 2015, 3:14 am

        Oh yes, Annie. I think even with the Arab parties they won’t be strong enough to outvote a right wing coalition. Why would Lieberman et. al. bloc up with Livni against Netanyahu anyway?

        Not only that, but I don’t get why many Israelis would see Livni as better than Netanyahu anyway, since we are looking at 85+% Israeli support for the latest lawnmowing in Gaza.

        Maybe Israelis want less settlements or something, who knows. They are getting more right wing overall, so Netanyahu is a good match for where they have been going. Somewhere between Home party on the right and Livni. And I have even heard that Livni is unpopular because she is too liberal? Weird.

        Yep, more years of Netanyahu. Maybe 80% chance of that unless some political surprise comes up. Netanyahu is just a highway marker on the long journey right.

      • italian ex-pat
        italian ex-pat
        March 15, 2015, 12:01 pm

        johneill:

        I’m sure it’s not a look-alike, that’s HIM – ok, maybe a little photoshopped.
        Can’t fake the little scar on his right upper lip that gives him that perpetual snarl.

    • W.Jones
      W.Jones
      March 14, 2015, 3:17 am

      No one else can overplay that hand so well. Please don’t take joy in a loss for Bibi. We need Bibi! He’s the best chance for peace through
      You got it. Too bad he didn’t tell Congress “I am the leader of the free world”, which is what some conservative pro-Israeli media is saying anyway:

      https://www.google.com/search?num=100&q=netanyahu+%22leader+of+the+free+world%22&oq=netanyahu+%22leader+of+the+free+world%22&gs_l=serp.12

  5. Boomer
    Boomer
    March 14, 2015, 8:57 am

    Re: “No one else can overplay that hand so well. Please don’t take joy in a loss for Bibi. We need Bibi! He’s the best chance for peace through crushing global sanctions ( at the grass roots anyway) I mean how much more abuse can obama take before he gets a spine – ”

    Yes, you may well be right. As an American, I find it depressing to see the liberal zionist Democrats working so hard to preserve the status quo that the U.S. has enabled for so long. Kerry is not working to help the Palestinians. As for Obama, don’t hold your breath.

  6. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    March 14, 2015, 3:40 pm

    RE: V15 is an Israeli campaign to end Netanyahu’s reign. It has a former Obama campaign exec as a lead consultant. Netanyahu has complained about an international campaign to force him out.” ~ Annie

    MY COMMENT [spoken by Al Gore]:
    How dare they!
    How dare they!
    How dare they!

  7. W.Jones
    W.Jones
    March 14, 2015, 6:53 pm

    PHIL,

    Netanyahu in the anti-Netanyahu ad is definitely played by an actor.

    This shown by the fact that the bottoms of their earlobes are of a different genetic type- one is clearly attached, the other is clearly unattached.

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