Professor Gerald Steinberg explains how the proposed NGO law is a response to the demonization of Israel by Israeli NGOs which receive millions of dollars in funding from European governments.
European governments should make their donations to Israeli NGOs transparent, avoiding the need for Israeli legislation requiring such from these groups.
The proposed "Agent Provocateur" Law does not address the problems of foreign government funding for NGOs. The values of transparency and accountability must be pursued, drawing attention to the massive and irresponsible funding from European governments to highly problematic political advocacy NGOs involved in Israeli politics and democracy.
Gerald Steinberg argues that the name-calling and propaganda campaigns of NGOs involved in the current debate over foreign funding to Israeli NGOs, with Breaking the Silence at the center, have distracted from the real issue at hand, the funding of NGOs engaged in Israeli democracy by foreign governments.