When former National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn first pled guilty to lying to the FBI on December 1st, 2017, not much relating to Israel was disclosed to the public, and over a year later pertinent details still remained obscured even after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo for Flynn was released.
The public has been left without the truth. That has to end.
According to an FBI statement, Flynn communicated with then-Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak after being asked by a senior Trump transition official to find out how foreign governments stood on a coming UN Security Council resolution about Israel. The prosecutors did not name any transition officials.
At the time the focus was primarily on communication(s) with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. What little was revealed pertained to Flynn contacting Kislyak to the benefit of and also at the direction of Israel—a key detail not reflected in the media but instead displaced by “Russian collusion.”
Flynn's other instance of lying to investigators involved what he told them about his conversations with foreign officials related to their planned UN Security Council votes on Israeli settlements.
As The Intercept first noted at the time, this attempt to influence countries at the U.N. actually amounted to collusion with Israel, not Russia. For those looking for answers they were mostly met with redacted pages.
There appears to be a very disturbing reason for that.
On the same day that Flynn pled guilty, we launched our permanent and ever-expanding report on Ira Greenstein, a member of the presidential transition team and later White House Deputy Assistant who had major conflicts of interest—primarily pertaining to U.S. military action against Syria due to his ties to Genie Energy.
Genie Energy exploited resources in Syria's Golan Heights under the direction of Israel's government.
This research grew to include things beyond Genie Energy, such as parent company IDT Corporation using the White House through Greenstein to facilitate moving its 5G spectrum portfolio into the hands of Verizon Communications, to ensure Israeli intelligence was able to develop it through start-ups such as Armis Security.
Greenstein has been noted as Jared Kushner's confidant.
But there was something else too, which was relevant to Flynn's fate: Greenstein and IDT's involvement in funding Israeli settlements. Like Kushner's own ties to similar foundations for funding settlements, these went undisclosed in financial forms, but were far more significant ($2,000,000+).
A decade-old report provides insight into these ties.
Im Tirtzu, which describes itself as “an extra-parliamentary movement to strengthen Zionist values”, requests that supporters send contributions to the Central Fund of Israel (CFI), a non-profit which funds a number of right-wing Israeli groups.
These include Amitz, which funds settler militias; Magen Yehuda, which assists with military training for settlers; and Women in Green, a right-wing group which opposes the return of land captured during the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War and promotes the “transfer” of Arabs to neighboring countries.
As reported by Akiva Eldar in Haaretz, the CFI supports a yeshiva whose leader, Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, has tried to justify the killing of gentile babies because of “the future danger that will arise if they are allowed to grow into evil people like their parents.”
The Central Fund of Israel (CFI), which was known for funding Rabbis that advocate for the killing of non-Jews, was the main avenue through which IDT funneled money to Israeli settlements—through the Marcus Brothers Textile store in Manhattan. A tax loophole for such causes.
Once appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to represent the country, former CFI Vice President Itamar Marcus has previously worked with then-Senator Hillary Clinton in 2007, and has a column at the Gatestone Institute.
Originally hailing from New York City, Marcus today lives in the Israeli settlement of Efrat, in the West Bank. He was known for directing Palestinian Media Watch, while working with monitors such as Center For Monitoring The Impact of Peace (CMP), that also covered Syria.
So, how does this tie back into Greenstein and IDT?
The second biggest source of funding came from foundations related to IDT, a publicly traded, New Jersey-based telecommunications company which had over $1.5 billion in revenue in the financial year ending on 31 July 2009.
IDT funded Israeli settlements a decade ago before ceasing paper records, presumably due to such inquiries at the time.
The IDT Charitable Foundation contributed $870,000 to the CFI since 2005 and the Jonas Foundation — a foundation run by Howard Jonas, the founder and chair of IDT — contributed $1.12 million.
Along with the founder's [Jonas] foundation, this amounted to around $2,000,000 or more over the years. The totality of funding remains unknown.
When called for comment, a company representative said that the IDT Charitable Foundation was no longer in operation and that no one involved with the foundation still works at IDT.
Indeed the IDT Charitable Foundation did not file tax returns after 2007, but a number of the foundation’s trustees are still listed on IDT’s website as executives at the company.
They include Ira Greenstein, IDT’s president; Joyce Mason, IDT’s executive vice president; and James Courter, IDT’s vice chairman of the Board of Directors.
While a past president at IDT, Greenstein was involved in overseeing funding to these Israeli settlements, something that has gone unmentioned by Robert Mueller or the media despite his involvement in the presidential transition—at the time Flynn contacted Kislyak.
Flynn has, of course, taken the brunt of punishment for these activities.
Due to everything else IDT Corporation is caught up in, from giving 5G to Israel to bombing Syria, the very worst must be taken into consideration. Truly corruption runs deep.
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