A subpoena for a former Israeli intelligence official to testify in U.S. court is a significant development in a legal, national security and political drama, involving the Israeli and Chinese governments, politicians in Washington, Federal Court and families who lost loved ones in terrorist attacks.
The families of the victims of a terrorist massacre in Jerusalem have petitioned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu not to “give in to terror,” as the Chinese government exerts pressure on Israel not to back an American-initiated lawsuit against the Bank of China for allegedly funding deadly terrorist activity.
The family of Daniel Wultz, an American citizen who was murdered in a terror attack in Tel Aviv in 2006, brought forward a lawsuit against the Bank of China in a New York court, alleging that Bank of China knowingly transferred funds to the terrorist group that killed their son.
A new diplomatic spat is emerging between the United States and Israel, and it has nothing to do with Iran or Palestinians for a change. Americans are angry that Israel has apparently bowed to Chinese pressure and agreed to prevent senior Israeli security officials from testifying in a private terrorism lawsuit, filed in the U.S., against the Bank of China.