White House, State Dept. officials meet with group that ‘slanders’ Israel

White House, State Dept. officials meet with group that ‘slanders’ Israel

Israel’s top diplomat last week accused an Israeli nonprofit group of “working against Israel from within,” while Israel’s justice minister said the group “slanders the State of Israel.”

But that didn’t stop Obama administration officials from meeting with members of the group Breaking the Silence for two unprecedented gatherings to learn more about the anonymous testimony it collected from Israel Defense Forces soldiers alleging human rights abuses in Gaza last summer.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Friday that senior White House and State Department officials last week held “first of its kind” meetings with members of Breaking the Silence. The meetings were confirmed by two administration officials; however, the same officials did not corroborate the claim that those who met with the group were “senior” agency officials.

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