Press Release

Jewish Dems Welcome Israel’s New Government

June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) CEO Halie Soifer released the following statement in response to the election of Isaac Herzog as Israel’s next president and the announcement of a new governing coalition: 

“We congratulate Isaac Herzog on becoming the 11th president of the State of Israel. President-elect Herzog’s career, including most recently his role as the Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, has been dedicated to the betterment of Israel and global Jewry. We are confident that as president, Herzog will represent Israel with distinction and strengthen the vital ties between Israel and the diaspora, and we look forward to working with him in this critical role. We also thank President Reuven Rivlin for his years of service to Israel.

“Jewish Dems also look forward to welcoming a new governing coalition led by Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett. Upon its official formation, this governing coalition will be one of the most politically diverse in Israel’s history, including the unprecedented inclusion of Ra’am, an Arab Israeli party. We welcome this diversity and hope it helps to heal social and political divisions within Israel.

“Jewish Dems will continue to advocate both for the security of Israel and preserving prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which includes ensuring the continuation of U.S. security assistance to Israel, as well as humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people. We are hopeful that Israel’s new government shares the Biden administration’s deep commitment to the shared ties and values that have served as the foundation of the U.S.-Israel relationship for more than 70 years, and we look forward to this relationship continuing to grow.”

For more information on JDCA’s policy positions, its 2021 agenda, or to speak with Halie Soifer, contact [email protected].