So close, and yet so far - Opinion

So close, and yet so far

Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 8:51 am

Anew study commissioned by the UJA-Federation of New York has concluded that a majority of Israelis believe that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not take into account the views of U.S. Jewish leaders with regard to religious pluralism issues such as prayer rights at the Kotel and the recognition of non-Orthodox conversions. A supermajority also says the Netanyahu government should ignore American Jewish attitudes on how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Looking solely at these two data-points — 57 percent of respondents said that their government should regard American Jewish attitudes either “not much” or “hardly at all” when regulating the Kotel, while almost 70 percent answered the same way regarding Israel’s dealings with its Arab citizenry and the Palestinians — it would be easy to conclude that a vast chasm exists between the world’s two great Jewish communities. But, in fact, the study only confirms what we’ve known all along.

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