January 19, 2019

The Israel-Diaspora Rift Is a Security Concern

“Israel needs to work on repairing relations with US Jewry or there may be long-term risks to the country’s national security, says a report by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and obtained by The Jerusalem Post.

The report says it is the first time Israel’s relationship with Diaspora Jews generally, and American Jews specifically, has been comprehensively reviewed through the lens of national security.

Over the decades, American Jewry has helped Israel obtain weapons, economic aid and crucial and consistent diplomatic backing from the US government.

While there are certainly additional reasons beyond American Jewry why the US has been Israel’s biggest long-term backer, to the extent that US backing up Israel is considered a cornerstone of Israel’s national security concept, active support from US Jews has been vital.

However, the report notes that Israeli and US Jews are growing apart in recent years in a way that could endanger bipartisan political support for military and diplomatic support and is even more problematic than past differences between the communities.

The report suggests a variety of increased people-to-people exchanges and coordination between the Jewish communities to head-off that scenario.”

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