(JNS.org) A controversy has
arisen over the payment of a $500,000 fee to former U.S. President Bill Clinton
to address a June 17 gala at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot, Israel.
Bill Clinton in February 2013. Credit: U.S. Department of Labor.
Hayom investigation found that the Jewish National Fund (JNF), which is
taking part in the event, gave the Peres Academic Center part of the money to
cover Clinton’s fee, with the academic center covering the rest.
“This is an unnecessary waste of public funds
by a supported body that receives aid from the state,” Israeli Internal Security
Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich told Israel’s Channel
1 television network.
But a spokesperson for JNF said, “Clinton was
invited by the Peres Academic Center, which signed the agreement and determined
all the details and financial conditions a year ago. The event is not being
funded by the public, but rather by the participants who contribute millions to