New Israel Fund cries 'foul'. We shouldn't care

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

The New Israel Fund (NIF) is an organization that dedicates itself to one goal: to strengthen and expand what it calls pro-democracy, progressive forces in Israel (NGO Monitor-homepage-search-New Israel Fund-New Israel Fund-NGO Monitor,  January 15, 2017). To achieve this goal, the NIF puts its money where its mouth is. It's backed more than 900 organizations over the last 38 years. 

The NIF wants social justice (New Israel Fund homepage-About). It's paid out more than $300 million US dollars to get it (ibid). It's still waiting to get it. 

In practice, however, the NIF isn't about justice of any kind for Israel . It's about funding organizations that are closer to the viciously anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (NGO Monitor, ibid) than to Israel. 

The NIF is comfortable with its anti-Israel bed-fellows. It's given financial backing to such Israeli anti-Israel NGOs as Adalah, Breaking the Silence, +972 Magazine and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (ibid). It has also backed the Israeli anti-Israel NGO, B'tselem (NGO  Monitor-search- B'tselem-B'tselem-NGO Monitor, November 24, 2016).

These organizations are not pro-Israel. They don't help Israel. They delegitimize it.

B'Tselem, in particular, makes a regular habit of accusing Israel of Apartheid, war crimes, forced deportations and abusing 'Palestinians' (ibid). Like all its brothers-in-slime who receive NIF money, it operates to harm Israel by using unsupported (and sometimes false) allegations of deliberate and systematic abuses against innocent 'Palestinians' (New Israel Fund-NGO Monitor, ibid). 

If there's one unifying statement that captures what these NIF-backed organizations aim to do, it's this: they aim to delegitimize and criminalize the State of Israel.

The NIF is, in other words, a bona fide 'progressive'. Like all progressives, it's decidedly anti-Israel. It's hard to tell if there's an anti-Israeli Leftist cause in Israel the NIF doesn't like.

You may wish to make note of this 'resume' because Talia Sasson, current president of the New Israel Fund, is almost screaming mad (Ido Ben Porat, "NIF president fries back at Netanyahu", arutzsheva, July 17, 2017). She's angry that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attempts to delegitimize the NIF.

How ironic. The most prominent organization to fund efforts in Israel to delegitimize Israel is outraged that the Prime Minister of Israel should attempt to delegitimize it

What's Tali Sasson's problem? There are protests popping up all over Israel concerning an investigation against Netanyahu for supposedly inappropriate behavior during the purchase of submarines from Germany. The protesters don't like the way Israel's Attorney General (Avichai Mandelblit) has been handling the investigations (ibid). Protesters claim he hasn't been tough enough on Netanyahu.

They don't clamor for an honest investigation. They clamor for Mandelblit to indict Netanyahu (ibid). They'll settle for nothing less.

These protests have popped up in Petah Tikva, Be'er Sheva, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nahariya, Netanya and Haifa (Oded Shalom "From a small Petah Tikva square to a nationwide protest", ynet, July 17, 2017). They could be the major anti-Netanyahu Leftist effort this year. 

The Prime Minister has gone on TV about all of this. He's said these protests are financed by the New Israel Fund (ibid). He claimed the protests are designed to exert improper pressure on Mandelblit (ibid). 

He may be right. He may also be responding to a Leftist-generated swell that appears to be growing against him (from what I have seen, most Israelis see this scandal as just more politicking). But the more tired Israelis get about this 'scandal', the louder the protests get. 

Netanyahu suggests that the NIF is working to 'bring down a Prime Minister' (ibid). He's said these protests are irresponsible and illegal--because protesters may not have requested proper permits to protest (ibid).

The New Israel Fund cries 'foul'. Yes, at first, Sasson simply denied the allegations (News Brief: "NIF director: we would consider funding A-G protests", arutzsheva, July 16, 2017).  But then, the next day, she expressed outrage that, as she said, Netanyahu was trying to 'delegitimize' the NIF (Porat, above) .  

How ironic.  Talia Sasson has no problem backing the delegitimaztion and criminalization of the sovereign State of Israel. But she becomes outraged that the Prime Minister of this sovereign State should try to delegitimize her anti-Israel efforts. 

The Left everywhere is like that. Leftists seem to feel they have an unfettered entitlement to libel anyone they wish. But should anyone use the same harsh words against them, they cry. 

Like many who are self-centered and arrogant, Leftists love to 'dish it out'. But as soon as someone criticizes them, they turn into two-year old's throwing a tantrum. 

The NIF is no different. We shouldn't care if it cries.