The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on Monday night approved a resolution calling on the Israeli government to reverse a freeze on an agreement to create an egalitarian space at the Western Wall and to ensure that such “divisive” steps, including regarding conversion, are halted.
This resolution comes at a critical time in the relationship between U.S. Jews and Israel as many American Jews have felt alienated by the Israeli government’s decision to backtrack on the Kotel agreement. The Law of Return and the commitment of the State of Israel to be a homeland where all Jews, from all backgrounds and denominations are welcome, are at stake. The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) supports JFNA’s resolution and appreciates all the efforts by the Jewish Agency for Israel and its Chairman Natan Sharansky in so diligently working with the government and Diaspora Jewry on reaching a compromise. These efforts are essential to the underlying robust U.S.-Israel relationship, which in part relies on strong ties between American Jews and Israel.