[STATEMENT] WUPJ statement on formation of new Israeli Government

The State of Israel and the world’s Jewish Diaspora communities have a relationship built on a common history and shared values.

The reality of a ruling coalition in Israel that will include dozens of Knesset members who freely express racist, homophobic and anti-democratic beliefs is frightening and is an anathema to Progressive Judaism.

It has potential catastrophic consequences for both Israel’s democratic character and Israel-Diaspora relations.

The World Union for Progressive Judaism calls on Benjamin Netanyahu to use his return to Israel’s premiership to create a broad and centrist Government that is embracing of human and economic rights and dignity, instead of one that will further normalize Kahanist and other ultra-Nationalists.

Putting individuals in high office who seek to further alienate Diaspora and Progressive Jews will serve no good end.

Rabbi Sergio Bergman
WUPJ President
Carole Sterling
WUPJ Chair