Some have gone so far as to accuse House Speaker John Boehner of committing treason for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress without first consulting the president. The President, of course, has said that he will not meet with Netanyahu while he is in the United States, citing a policy of not meeting with any foreign leaders shortly before their elections to avoid the appearance of trying to influence an election in a foreign country.
Speaking of influencing elections, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today, along with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry accusing the United States of doing just that.
We write to express strong concerns over the recent media reports that a U.S. taxpayer funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called OneVoice is actively working with a campaign operation called V15 or “Victory 2015” in an effort to influence the outcome of the elections in Israel on March 17, 2015.
… There appears to be a danger that U.S. taxpayer funds are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election — and specifically to campaign against Prime Minister Netanyahu — something all would agree would be highly inappropriate.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that Jeremy Bird, President Obama’s former deputy national field director (2008) and national field director (2012), has a significant role in the operation.