The price of Israeli freedom

An American who served as a field officer in the Israeli army and then a professor at Tel Aviv University has won a $10 million settlement against the Israeli government, according to a court ruling on Tuesday.

Zeev Leibovich won the award in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Manhattan.

The settlement, filed by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on behalf of the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, came after Leibvich served as an Israeli diplomat for five years.

According to the lawsuit, Leibchevitz was fired in 2003 for refusing to work on a Palestinian bid to build a tunnel to Gaza, citing Israel’s refusal to pay.

Leibovich said he was fired because he refused to work with the Palestinian Authority, a Palestinian-controlled government in the occupied West Bank.

The court ruled that the firing violated Israel’s international obligations under the Geneva Convention.

The Palestinian Authority’s Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, did not respond to a request for comment.

The court said that the Israeli embassy in Washington was “not responsible for the decisions of the Palestinian leadership” and that the Palestinian government was “involved in a political dispute” with Israel.

The American-Israeli Public Affairs Council has a long record of supporting Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including the settlements of Ariel, Hebron and the Golan Heights, and in the disputed Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip.AIPac has long advocated for an independent Palestinian state, which Israel considers part of its sovereign territory.

In 2010, the group also filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian presidency of the West African nation of Senegal, alleging that it had violated a U.N. resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

The group’s president, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, has long supported the construction of settlements in Israel and criticized the Palestinian authority.