On video: Throughout the country, Netanyahu supporters attacked protesters and were arrested (Photo: Sharon Levy)
The heads of the Jewish Agency and all national institutions today (Wednesday) sent an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Yair Lapid calling for "significant dialogue" on the basis of the Declaration of Independence and to reach a broad consensus, in order to prevent "polarization and internal rift among the Jewish people" around the legal revolution .
In a letter sent by the agency's chairman, Doron Almog, the head of the agency's board of trustees, Mark Wilf, and the heads of the Foundation, the Zionist Organization, and the Jewish Federations of North America, the heads of the national institutions expressed "increasing concern" after the stormy public debate surrounding the legal revolution. They also warned that they " We are witnessing a serious increase in polarization among Israel-loving Jews around the world."
The writers shared their concern about a fratricidal war due to the tensions in society.
"Too many of us are experiencing real concern from the tensions we see on all sides," they wrote.
"In light of the centrality of Israel in their lives, we find it our duty to share with you and convey to you the concerns of many regarding the future of Jewish unity."
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"Experiencing real concern from the tensions we see from all sides."
Demonstration against the legal revolution (Photo: Reuven Castro)
"As essential as legal reform may be," they continued, "it cannot outweigh the risks of a fratricidal war. Preventing internal conflicts between us is really a matter of self-control, a matter of saving lives. The Jewish thing to do in such a situation is to seek dialogue at all costs, and to take the time for an inclusive and broad conversation to reach the widest possible consensus."
In the letter, the heads of the national institutions suggest "to move forward and allow the democratic elected officials to have a meaningful dialogue while finding an agreed way to unite around the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, for a sovereign state that is both Jewish and democratic."
They called on Netanyahu and Lapid "to open a dialogue as soon as possible and to make a significant effort to reach a broad agreement on the initiative in order to minimize social polarization within our nation."
Finally they wrote, "We hope that the 'Golden Path' will be found, as recommended by Rambam."
Last week it was revealed in Vala!
A letter sent by the heads of Keren Hayesod in Switzerland to the organization's management, in which they expressed concern about what is happening in Israel, demanded that the organization's leadership speak out against the moves the government is promoting and hinted that they are threatening the continuation of fundraising and collections for Israel.
Keren Hayesod then stated that the organization "is very concerned about the negative effects of the current situation in Israel on unity and solidarity in Israeli society and among the Jewish people in the Diaspora."
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