Another U.S.-backed scheme to defeat Netanyahu exposed A State Department-financed non-profit based in Israel is currently engaged in a major effort to get young Arab citizens to the voting booths in the upcoming Israeli elections.  In an interview with WND, Amnon Beeri-Sulitzeanu, co-executive director of the Abraham Fund, maintained that his group’s voter participation activities are entirely nonpartisan and that his organization does not endorse any political party. Israeli election trends, however, have long demonstrated that Arab citizen’s vote overwhelmingly for left-wing and Arab parties. Any increase in the Arab vote would clearly come at the expense of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party as well as other right-wing parties. Following the country’s most recent parliamentary election in 2013, Arab lawmakers complained that a higher Arab voter turnout could have tipped the election toward the left and defeated Netanyahu. The Abraham Fund works to encourage Arab participation in the Israeli economic, cultural and civic arenas. Its slogan is “Building a shared future for Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.” In 2010, the State Department provided the Abraham Fund a $999,715 three-year grant for an education initiative in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Education. Another part of the grant was designated to a project with the Israeli security services aimed at fostering closer Arab-Jewish ties. Beeri-Sulitzeanu told WND the U.S. government funds are not being utilized for the voter-participation drive. “The initiative is being paid for by private donations from donors interested in Arab participation,” he said. He acknowledged, however, that “some (money for the project) comes from our core funding at the Abraham Fund.” “Since our workers are getting paid anyway, some of their job is dedicated to the vote project,” he said. A source close to the Abraham Fund said the financing for the voter participation project came in large part from private wealthy American donors. The same source told WND the voter-participation drive was encouraged by staffers from the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Asked if there was truth to the claim of U.S. Embassy encouragement, Beeri-Sulitzeanu simply responded, “No.” The Abraham Fund is the second State Department-financed non-profit to engage in voter-organizing activities. Full Story