In a shocking accusation, senior government officials and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu, have accused the U.S. State Department of funding and instigating the protests in Israel against the government’s controversial judicial overhaul. The officials claimed that the Biden administration had financed the protests with millions of dollars.
According to a senior Israeli government official, there is an organized center that funds and organizes mass protests against the Israeli government. He said, “Who finances the transportation, the flags, the stages? It’s clear to us.” The official further alleged that the protests were orchestrated by a very high-level organization that is backed by the Biden administration.
Yair Netanyahu also shared an article that revealed that the Movement for Quality Government, a group that has been leading protests against judiciary reform, received grants from the US State Department. The grants were allegedly used to fund the protests against the Israeli government.
The U.S. State Department has dismissed the allegations, calling them “completely and demonstratively false.” The department has denied any involvement in the protests in Israel.
Netanyahu’s government is facing difficulties in its relationship with the US, as the Israeli Prime Minister has not been invited to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House, even after two months in office. Israeli officials have cited a number of reasons but have not elaborated on why Netanyahu has not been invited.
The accusations made by Israeli senior government officials and Yair Netanyahu are likely to further strain the already tense relationship between Israel and the US. It remains to be seen how the Biden administration will respond to these allegations and how it will affect the relationship between the two countries moving forward.