An Israeli group that monitors Israeli lobby activity in the United States and the U.K. has raised $2.3 million to build virtual offices in Israel and the United Kingdom to monitor and combat the growing influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington.
The virtual offices, which will be used for communications and other support services for the Israeli embassy and the Israeli Foreign Ministry, will be located in New York, London and Berlin, the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies said on Tuesday.
The Israeli Virtual Office, which has offices in both New York and London, will provide digital infrastructure to the Israeli Embassy and foreign ministry, it said.
Israel’s foreign ministry declined to comment.
Israel has for years been one of the top foreign lobbying destinations in Washington, where the lobby is among the most influential in the world.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation in 2014 to prohibit lobbyists from lobbying U.N. member states.
The law has since been blocked by President Donald Trump.
The U.C.L.A. said the new virtual office will provide Israel with a means to monitor its lobbying activities in the U