“Without Knesset Authorization and Without Ministry of Finance Funding, The Prime Minister of Israel cannot implement his plan”- Giora Eiland, Director, Israel National Security Council, Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Foreign Press Briefing, June 20th, 2004.

The Prime Minister of Israel has received no authorization from the Knesset and no funding from the Israel Ministry of Finance to carry any aspect of his plan.

The spokespeople of the Israel Ministry of Finance and the office of the Prime Minister of Israel have confirmed that there is no authorization of the Knesset and/or the Israel Ministry of Finance to spend any money in regard to the Prime Minister’s plan.

The spokespeople of the Israel Ministry of Finance and the office of the Prime Minister of Israel also confirm that they have no idea where the Prime Minister has received funds to establish a facility to organize the relocation of Israeli citizens from Katif or from the Shomron.

The chairman of the Knesset Law Committee, Michael Eitan, told me on Monday that although he supports the Sharon Plan, the PM cannot operate it without Knesset authorization or the funding from The Israel Ministry of Finance.

At a time when Israel government TV, Israel government radio and Israel Defence Forces Radio all reporting that Sharon’s plan is a “fait accompli”, Sharon implements it without appropriate fiduciary authorization

David Bedein
Bureau Chief, Israel Resource News Agency, Beit Agron, Jerusalem
Fellow, Center for Near East Policy Research, Wellesley and Jerusalem

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.