August 12th, 2010, 05:47 PM
Spanish gov't to fund continuation of construction freeze in Judea and Samaria
During a meeting which took place about ten days ago between left oriented organizations and representatives of the Spanish government, it was decided that a campaign funded by the Spanish government will begin in the coming days to promote the continuation of the construction freeze in Judea and Samaria. The details on the new campaign were revealed by David Bedein, journalist and Director of Israel Resource News Agency and Center for Near East Policy Research.
During an interview with Arutz7 on Tuesday, Bedein said that the meeting was attended by members of the Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, the Ford Foundation, the Geneva Initiative, representatives of an Israel public relations firm, and representatives of the Spanish government.
"Peace Now is making plans to influence the public to continue the freeze and the Spanish government will fund it," said Bedein, and added that the information on the resolution has been obtained from reliable sources.
Bedein passed on the information to Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in a letter in which he requested information on what the Israeli government is doing to stop the intervention of a foreign state in the official policy decisions of the Israeli government. Bedein said that this move is extremely serious since this is not a private initiative, but rather a foreign country's government interfering in Israel’s internal affairs. The fact that Israeli based organizations, including one associated with President Peres, are working with a foreign power, is extremely problematic.
"It is crossing a line when governments abroad express their opinion on what is going on,” said Bedein. “It is unacceptable when a government gives money to a political body. My job as a journalist is to raise the issue and the public must express its opinion [about it] to the government.”