Notwithstanding the deep and enduring connection between Israel and American Jewry, political, denominational and generational divides in the community can have a counterproductive impact on Israel engagement and advocacy. Robust debate in the community is natural and healthy and should be encouraged. At the same time, it should be conducted in a respectful manner that is rooted in a shared commitment to Israel’s security and well-being.
American Jews, who care deeply about Israel’s future, have a right to express their views, including disagreements regarding specific government policies of the State of Israel. Still, advocacy should always be undertaken with a deep respect for Israel’s democratic process and its legitimate security concerns, and should oppose all efforts to de-legitimize the State of Israel.