JPPI – Jewish and Democratic: Perspectives from World Jewry, 2014

This Jewish People Policy Institute special report brings Diaspora input on the character of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state into an important initiative of Israel’s Ministry of Justice. The goal is to consider legislation on Israel’s Jewish and democratic nature at a time when different ideological groups within Israel hold conflicting views of how these components should be prioritized.

The major, essential significance of this unprecedented report is the real, deep, and frank consultation held with Diaspora Jews around an issue that was previously seen as a matter of Israeli prerogative. This kind of dialogue is especially necessary at a time when Israel’s leadership requires its neighbors’ expressed recognition that Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and when much debate has developed within Israel over various proposals to enact “Jewish Israel” legislation.

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