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Israeli Government Won’t Repeal The Law Of Return: Israel Will Remain A Haven For All Jews

BDS and weakening Jewish identity in the US are the biggest challenges facing Zionism

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The new Israeli government is listening to the concerns of more liberal Jews, Israel’s new minister of Diaspora affairs said on Thursday. But Amichai Chikli said that while some proposed changes that worry Americans — including an overhaul to the country’s Law of Return — would happen slowly, any criticism is largely misplaced.

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In his debut appearance at the annual conference of the Israeli American Community Organization (IAC), Minister Amichai Chikli addressed the demand of the ultra-Orthodox coalition parties to cancel the “grandchild clause” in the Law of Return: “Adjustments must be made, but before we formulate a strategy we must study and get to know the issue. We will handle it slowly and responsibly.”

Regarding the controversial “grandson clause” he said that “adjustments must be made to the clause because of the significant challenge of the situation on the ground.” The newly minted minister stated that “the Law of Return will not be repealed, Israel will remain a haven for all Jews.”

“Regarding the grandson clause, the challenge is that the connection of new immigrants to Judaism is dwindling,” Chikli said. “Before we formulate a strategy, we need to study and get to know the issue. There will be a committee that will decide how to deal with the challenge, we will handle it slowly, we will listen to the different positions, and we will do it responsibly.”

Let’s remember that it was the ultra-Orthodox parties who demanded that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancel the “grandson clause” in the Law of Return.

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According to Minister Chikli, “The biggest challenge we are facing is in the US, where the challenge is twofold – to keep the Jewish identity strong, in light of the information we have that the Jewish identity is weakening, and when it weakens, the result is automatically that the Zionist identity also weakens. At the same time, the Zionist identity is under attack by the BDS, which delegitimizes our right to exist.”

Chikli also commented on the situation in Israel: “There are alarm calls on the left against the new government, and this also affects the Jews in America and across the diaspora. There were elections, the results are clear, we were honest with the agenda, and it is our responsibility to implement it. This does not mean that we are not listening.”

According to him, “I listened to Jewish leaders and what they said about the Law of Return, we hear the concerns and the criticism – we care about it.”

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According to senior international demographer Prof. Sergio Della-Pergola, the number of potential immigrants who are only descendants of Jews or spouses of eligible persons is about 10 million, and in recent years has overtaken the number of eligible persons who are Jews themselves. According to his findings, in 2021 the number of eligible returnees outside Israel was 18 million – 54% of which were non-Jews.

Official data from the Central Bureau of Statistics shows that 72% of those eligible for the Law of Return – from the former Soviet Union – immigrated to Israel as Jewish descendants and are not Jews themselves according to the definition of the law.

The Knesset’s Research and Information Center submitted a comprehensive report, reviewing the immigration from the former Soviet Union since the beginning of the 1990s. From data provided by the government ministries it appears that in the 30 years of immigration, the proportion of Jews among the immigrants has steadily dropped, from 93% in 1990 to only 28% in 2020.

During this entire period – one out of three immigrants was not Jewish.

Over 3,000 Israeli-Americans, Jewish Americans, and Israelis were expected to attend the conference which is the largest pro-Israel conference in the USA and one of the largest and most important conferences in the Jewish world

Over 3,000 Israeli-Americans, Jewish Americans, and Israelis were expected to attend the conference which is the largest pro-Israel conference in the USA and one of the largest and most important conferences in the Jewish world.  Leaders from the fields of business, education, culture, philanthropy, and politics are also expected to attend.

“We are excited to innovate and create a whole new experience for our eighth annual summit, serving our continuous effort to build a united and proactive nationwide community with Israel at its heart, empowered to face the challenges and capture the many opportunities together,” IAC co-founder and CEO Shoham Nicolet said. “This year is especially exciting as we launch celebrations of Israel’s 75th independence.”

This year’s theme is “Israel. Together”: Together as a united community. Together, as the Jewish people and Israel are interconnected. Together in our unconditional love for Israel.

The summit aims to connect young Jewish and Israeli-Americans with Israel and strengthen Israeli-American business relations. It will host several mini-summits, including the Eitanim Teen Experience, the Mishelanu Annual Student Summit and the EDGE Young Professionals Annual Summit.

Ron East is an educator, community leader and public speaker. He’s spent a decade teaching in the Jewish and public school systems and spent a significant amount of time in various leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector including Executive Director of Football Manitoba and the Manitoba chapter of CFHU. Ron has published numerous newsletters, award winning magazines and online publications and is currently the Publishing Director of TheJ.Ca.

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