The Hard Truth About Israel for the Jewish Diaspora

Ross Marchand
Reuters

Ross Marchand

Security, Middle East

Jerusalem is more conservative and hardline on foreign policy than many Jews in America and Europe realize.

The Hard Truth About Israel for the Jewish Diaspora

Israeli elections wrapped up this week, and the status quo prevailed. Center-right incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu narrowly defeated former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) general Benjamin “Benny” Gantz, and must now try to partner with enough parties in the Knesset (parliament) to gain a majority and retake the position of Prime Minister.

Israelis, as per usual, have a lot to say about their country’s future, including the prospect of their Prime Minister getting indicted for pay-to-play schemes. But a significant slice of America’s Jewish population also feels an obligation to weigh in, from a more critical perspective than their Israeli brethren. American Jews are significantly more dovish than their Israeli counterparts and are far more likely to support liberal initiatives such as mixed-gender prayer areas at the Western Wall.

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