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Diaspora Jews: Time to Take a Stand

Why world Jewry should support Israel, but not its current government, and ways to do so.
Yossi Klein Halevi, Matti Friedman, Daniel Gordis
Yossi Klein Halevi is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University and Jennifer Raskas, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative. Yossi is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and co-host with Donniel Hartman and Elana Stein Hain of the Institute’s award-winning podcast, For Heaven’s Sake. He is also the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli

Matti Friedman

Daniel Gordis

“To our sisters and brothers in the Diaspora:

We are writing to you from Jerusalem in the weeks before the High Holidays, during this time of introspection and self-reckoning, to urge you to join the extraordinary Israeli protest movement that is fighting to save the vision that created this country 75 years ago.

Last February, two months after the current government was formed, we wrote to you to warn of an existential threat to Israeli democracy and to the long-term viability of the Jewish state. Six months later, our worst fears are being realized. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition with the extreme right and the ultra-Orthodox parties signals nothing less than the end of the liberal state of Israel.

This political crisis is not just one more Israeli debate over policy, but a struggle over the fundamental identity of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.”

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