The ongoing demonstrations in Tel Aviv and other parts of Israel are about more than just opposing the specific policies that make up the government’s judicial reform package. They are about removing from power Benjamin Netanyahu, whom protesters say is a dictator and a criminal who cannot legitimately hold the office of prime minister.
And according to some Israeli and American officials, those domestic opponents bent on overthrowing Netanyahu are being fueled by money from the US Administration of President Joe Biden.
Last week US Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) charged Biden and the Democratic Party with “trying to sabotage Netanyahu.”
Citing a report by the Washington Free Beacon, Cotton called out the State Department for providing $38,000 to the Movement for Quality Government (MQG) for what it called “democracy education.”
MQG is an Israeli NGO that calls itself a “defender of democracy,” and has been actively engaged in the anti-Netanyahu demonstrations taking place over the past two months. Its receipt of large donations from the US State Department over the past several years was confirmed by Guidestar, the Israeli government’s registry of non-profit donations.
Cotton’s accusation was echoed at the weekend by a senior Israeli official traveling with Netanyahu to Rome.
“This protest is financed and organized with millions of dollars,” the source was quoted as saying by The Times of Israel. “Who finances the transportation, the flags, the stages? It’s clear to us.”
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