The op-ed was published Tuesday in the Jewish Telegraph Agency, a news wire service for Jewish and Israeli publications, under the headline, "NGO law protects Israel from existential threats."
The contentious bill would require non-profits receiving more than half of their funding from foreign governments to wear an identifying tag when in the Knesset, and note it in their official publications. In practice, the legislation would affect left-wing organizations almost exclusively.
In her op-ed, Shaked begins by quoting celebrated American poet Robert Frost's "Mending Wall," in which he writes "good fences make good neighbors." Frost wrote the poem, Shaked notes, during World War I, when the general consensus was that clearly demarcated borders between nations way the best way to "to safeguard international relations."
Two decades later, the United States enacted the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which, as Shaked defines, "requires non-diplomats representing foreign interests to register with the U.S. Department of Justice." She then attempts to equate her law with the U.S. one, and goes so far as to assert that the requirements her bill stipulates are "much less stringent than those imposed by the United States upon similar types of activity."
From there, she describes Israel's "unending struggle for survival" against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movment as well as anti-Semitism.
Shaked wrote that her critics' claims are "exaggerated," and exist as part of the "same foolish attempt to besmirch Israel’s name."
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