A report claiming that the European Union has agreed ‎‎to fund a ‎‎left-wing initiative to pursue legal ‎‎proceedings ‎‎against Israeli soldiers sparked a ‎‎political firestorm on Sunday, with some urging Israeli Prime ‎‎Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to summon the E.U. envoy ‎in Israel for ‎clarification.‎

A recent report by NGO Monitor, which promotes ‎greater transparency ‎‎‎among foreign-funded Israeli ‎nongovernmental ‎‎‎organizations, claims that the ‎program, for which the ‎‎‎European Union has allocated some €250,000 ‎‎($290,000), was set up at ‎‎‎the request of three left-wing groups and is slated ‎‎to be ‎in place at least ‎until 2021‎.‎

The initiative is the brainchild of the groups Yesh Din–Volunteers for Human Rights; Breaking the Silence, ‎‎an advocacy group dedicated to exposing alleged ‎‎wrongdoings by the IDF; and Physicians for Human ‎‎Rights–Israel. On their funding application, the groups indicate that they wish to eradicate the “culture ‎of impunity” among ‎Israeli security forces personnel.‎

‎“This report shows that E.U.-funded anti-Israel ‎lawfare is now conducted on another level,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked told Israel Hayom on Sunday. “It ‎is trying to pave a path to the International Criminal ‎Court in The Hague.

“These actions undercut Israel’s national security. ‎It is absurd that while Europe enjoys the benefits of Israeli ‎intelligence, which saves lives, the E.U. itself is ‎harming Israel’s security.”

Yesh Din, which initially denied the allegations ‎made by NGO Monitor, later confirmed the initiative’s ‎objectives on its Facebook page.‎

In a post acknowledging that the E.U.-funded ‎initiative directly targets the security forces, the group wrote: “Every night, ‎Israeli security forces enter the homes of ‎Palestinians across the West Bank for many reasons: ‎raids, arrests, searches, mapping or simply as a ‎show of force or training.‎

‎“Who decides which house the soldiers enter? Who ‎makes sure they comply with the law? Our new ‎project, in cooperation with Physicians for Human ‎Rights and Breaking the Silence, is designed to ‎examine the various practices of forcible entry into ‎Palestinian homes.”

Knesset member Oded Forer of the Yisrael Beytenu Party told Israel Hayom that ‎he plans to introduce a bill requiring groups that receive the majority of their funding from ‎foreign entities to detail their funding sources in any document submitted to the court.

‎“When a group makes it its mission to target Israeli soldiers and detract from their strength on the battlefield, making them fear future lawsuits, it becomes imperative to carefully ‎scrutinize its [the group’s] ultimate objective and who is behind it,” said Forer. “We cannot ‎allow such groups to use foreign funding to exploit ‎the legal system and harm IDF soldiers.”

Ariel Kellner, director of National Vision–the ‎Center for Zionist Leadership, called on Netanyahu, ‎who as well as being prime minister also holds the foreign minister’s portfolio, to urgently summon ‎ ‎European Union ‎Ambassador to Israel Emanuele ‎‎‎‎‎Giaufret and demand an explanation.

‎“This initiative is liable to tie the IDF’s hands in ‎the war on terror and prevent it from thwarting acts ‎of terror that endanger human life,” said Kellner. “This is ‎hypocrisy and a terrible injustice perpetrated by the European ‎Union.”