And that’s precisely the problem with our prime minister. Because when he has to choose between the national, democratic and Zionist interest and the Haredi and right-wing parties, he always—without fail—chooses the latter.
"With all due respect to the Jewish people, the arrangements concerning the Western Wall and conversions are determined in the Israeli democracy." That was one of the excuses for the two outrageous decisions that were made last week. What a great excuse, based on lies and deception. The decisions on these two issues were not made in some democratic procedure. It was just part of a long series of capitulations to the Haredi sector.
That’s not democracy; It’s minocracy. Netanyahu knows that in a referendum or a free vote, there would be an absolute majority in the public—and in the Knesset—against giving the Haredim a monopoly over conversion issues or prayer spaces at the Western Wall. He knows that it’s capitulation. He knows that he is deepening the rift with Israel’s supporters in the United States. He knows that the conversion decision harms the majority of the US Jewry and hundreds of thousands of Israelis living here among us.
The US Jewry, with all its streams, is a component of the State of Israel’s power. There are disputes, but they are disputes between friends. The radical left is making an effort to turn these disputes into a rift. But the rift Netanyahu is working on is, admittedly, much bigger, and last week, he outdid himself.
Part of the right-wing press tried to create an ugly spin, claiming that Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, is actually a member of J Street and the New Israel Fund. He endorsed Hillary Clinton rather than Donald Trump. He is against Netanyahu, which is why he produced a crisis.