Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hitting Terrorists In The Pocketbook

Israel Law Center director Nitsana Darshan-Leitner has made a career out of squeezing the money out of terrorist organizations and those governments and private entities that fund them.

Darshan-Leitner, my guest today on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com, says they've secured judgments in the hundreds of millions of dollars against, for example, Iran and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Their plaintiffs, invariably, are victims of terrorism.

Darshan-Leitner is critical of her own government for its funding of the Gaza, especially during the recent three-week Israeli incursion. She says Israel is the only country that has continued to provide cash money to Gaza; money she says that is seized by Hamas to use against Israel. "It's really insane," she says.

The focus of the center, called Shurat HaDin in Hebrew, is to stop terrorist organizations and governments from accessing money that they desperately need.

One caller asked Darshan-Leitner about her expectations from the Obama administration. She says most Israelis remain dubious, especially because President Obama has selected George Mitchell and, reportedly, will soon announce Dennis Ross, as envoys to the Middle East. Both men were active in the development of the Oslo Accords, which she describes a "a disaster on the Israeli society."

"Here in the state of Israel," she says, "people are really afraid" of the way the new president will address the conflict.

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