Thursday, December 01, 2005

O.U. to American Jews: stay out

I agree withe the O.U. that Israelis' have the ultimate say, they themself are the ones to decide the heavy choices to be made about Israel's future, but certainly american jews can work for, an Israel that they invision:


The Orthodox Union called on U.S. Jews not to intervene in Israel’s electoral process. Passion for Israel “ought not be channeled into inappropriate interventions in the policy decisions of the duly elected Israeli government, Israel´s elections or into lobbying the American government to pressure Israel to make concessions it would not otherwise make,” said Stephen Savitsky, president of the group. Israel is going to general elections March 28.
Savitsky singled out the Israel Policy Forum, which met with Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, ahead of her intervention in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations this month. Urging American officials to press Israel "to make certain concessions is not only disrespectful to Israel´s government but offensive to millions of American Jews who categorically reject such an approach,” Savitsky said.
IPF President Seymour Reich said he had urged Rice to get involved in the matter, but had never mentioned pressure. “The word pressure as it applies to Israel is not part of my vocabulary,” Reich said. Rice pressed Israel to allow the Palestinians to open up a border station between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, despite Israeli security concerns.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:38 PM


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a game that has been going on since the beginning of the State. American Jews: don't interfere - but send us your money and support us whatever we do. As American Jews - its time we re-prioritize

11:55 AM  
Blogger Yeshiva Orthodoxy said...

And leave half of your fellow Jews' lives in jeopardy?

1:20 PM  

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