Netanyahu to Propose Knesset Panel Also Investigate Funding of Rightist NGOs

PM believes that Knesset probe should look at all NGOs, regardless of political orientation.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may recommend that the mandate given to the Knesset House Committee last week to consider establishing a panel of inquiry into left-wing Israeli non-government organizations be expanded to also include right-wing groups.

In private conversations held in recent days, Netanyahu said he believes that such a panel needs to look at all non-government organizations, regardless of political orientation.

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The prime minister also said the probe should focus only on organizations that receive funding from private entities in foreign countries or from foreign governments.

Netanyahu has yet to discuss the issue with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who initiated the proposal for an inquiry panel.

Lieberman's proposal called primarily to investigate the sources of funding for groups that allegedly participate in delegitimization campaigns against Israel Defense Forces soldiers. The panel would essentially be charged with looking into where these groups have been attaining their funds, particularly whether this money is coming from foreign states or even organizations deemed to be involved in terrorist activities.