A Mechanism for Direct Consultation Between Israel and world Jewry
Israel as the Nation State of the Jewish People
This document aims to establish the need for a direct consultation mechanism between the State of Israel and world Jewry, on matters which directly relate to Jews living outside of Israel and which impact the relationship between world Jewry and Israel. The need to adopt this mechanism has become even more apparent in 2020, a year of significant global shifts that could accelerate the distancing between Israel and world Jewry. The health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19accompanied by a charged US election campaign and an acute political crisis in Israel, are exacerbating existing tensions between Israel and world Jewry, pushing each community to focus on its internal needs.
On the other hand, precisely at this moment, 'our power is in our unity', and a strong partnership between Israel and world Jewry can be a source of mutual strength.The crisis impacts all of us though not with the same force nor at the same time. Consistent dialogue and solidarity between the communities will help us weather this current crisis in the best possible way, as well as future challenges and opportunities.
This document presents the challenge: that there is a blind spot in the decision-making processes in Israel which fuels the erosion of Israel's status as a home for the entire Jewish people. Thereafter, we propose adopting a direct consultation mechanism between the Knesset and the Israeli government and representatives of the Jewish people, as a response to support the handling of such a challenge. Finally, we shall examine the justifications for adopting a direct consultation mechanism and propose a policy proposal for the agenda.