When asked on Sunday what Netanyahu was referring to specifically when he pointed to the NIF, a spokesman said the prime minister’s remark was a general one. He declined to comment on the letter from NIF grantees.New Israel Fund CEO Miki Gitzin said he did not know about the letter until recently.“We’re not connected to it,” Gitzin said. “We aren’t accountable for everything our grantees do.”Gitzin also pointed out that the letter is an open one, not one that was mailed to Kagame.“Unless the president of Rwanda Googled himself, there’s no way he’d know about it... The letter was an open letter when Netanyahu visited Africa. This is like if BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions movement] wrote an open letter to Netanyahu, and then saying Netanyahu is connected to BDS,” he remarked. Furthermore, Gitzin said, if such a letter led Rwanda to cancel an agreement, it’s a failure of Israel’s foreign policy, led by Netanyahu, and should be investigated.Between Tuesday evening, when Netanyahu targeted the NIF, and Friday, the organization received a massive spike in contributions, with NIS 300,000 coming in from 2,000 Israelis, 95% of whom were first-time donors, which the organization said was unprecedented. An NIF spokesman called Netanyahu “a world champion fund-raiser.”Matan Peleg, CEO of Im Tirzu, a right-wing NGO that has campaigned against the NIF for years, called the umbrella organization "a foreign political organization that has been subversively working against Israel and IDF soldiers for years, and now has stepped out of the shadows to act as the opposition party to the legitimately elected Israeli government. The time has come for the NIF to stop its subversive activities."
I am extremely surprised by this statement. My surprise comes less from the fact that #Rwanda doesn’t even know what this @NewIsraelFund is all about, but more from the assumption that a foreign NGO can successfully impose any pressure on a sovereign government named @RwandaGov. https://t.co/VxqphzsBJz— Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe (@onduhungirehe) April 4, 2018