The Jewish Federations of North America have a deep and abiding love for the State of Israel. It is because of this love that we have written an open letter to the Government of Israel.
The letter, addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau and Opposition Leader Yair Lapid, asks the leaders to clarify that a 61-seat Knesset majority should not be allowed to override Supreme Court decisions, while noting the community's unconditional and eternal support for Israel.
"The essence of democracy is both majority rule and protection of minority rights," the letter says.
"We recognize that any system of checks and balances will be different than those in our own countries, but such a dramatic change to the Israeli system of governance will have far-reaching consequences in North America, both within the Jewish community and in the broader society."
The letter also urges the leaders to embrace the proposal set forth by Israel's President Isaac Herzog to consider and resolve issues around judicial reform.
"President Herzog has the respect and admiration of Jews around the world, as do both of you. Whatever the final resolution of these issues, this process will ensure that the views of all stakeholders are fully considered."
You can read the full text of the letter in English here and in Hebrew here.
UPDATE: This morning, after we delivered a letter to @netanyahu & @yairlapid regarding the judicial reform debate, Netanyahu called for dialogue & Lapid responded that he agreed with our principles. Here's Chair Julie Platt's response: pic.twitter.com/dsE1jH93m1— The Jewish Federations of North America (@jfederations) February 21, 2023