Last week, MK Tehila Friedman from the Blue and White party drafted a bill proposal requiring a “Duty to Consult” the Jewish communities in the diaspora when the Israeli government makes a decision that has a direct impact on world Jewry.
MK Friedman explains:
“The idea is simple: when the Israeli government makes a decision that has a direct impact on world Jewry, it must hear their views on the issue. Emphasis on hearing and not necessarily accepting, Why? Because fairness as well as efficiency requires us not to make a decision that affects a particular group of people without at least understanding the ramifications and significance this decision has on the group… After we finished drafting the bill, Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Omer Yankelevich, called me and informed me that after some thought and examination they had decided to adopt my proposal and turn it into a government proposal. On their behalf. Which means, of course, that its chances of getting approved are much greater”.
Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Omer Yankelevich, decided to adopt MK Friedman’s proposal and turn it into a government proposal and said:
“World Jewry and its leaders, organizations and communities have always been the State of Israel’s greatest partners and friends. More than that, we rely on one another to achieve our goals and then surpass them. Jewish leaders play an active role in ensuring the resilience of their respective communities, the connections between the Jewish people, and the strength of our larger nation. Cementing Jewish leadership’s position within Israel sends a clear message of the value that the government of Israel places on the relationship between the State of Israel and the Jewish people”.