“Genuine Wind of Change”: New Diaspora Minister Halts Funding for Left

Jewish Link.- Amichai Chikli takes action and orders the immediate cessation of his predecessor’s multimillion-dollar contribution to a pro-Palestinian NGO, Ruthie Blum published in World Israel News.

The swearing in on Thursday 37th government of Israel drew a collective sigh of relief among right-wing voters, for whom the nearly two full months it took for the prime minister to Benjamin Netanyahu forging their coalition felt like an eternity. However, as soon as the ministers were sworn in, supporters felt that the outcome of the arduous negotiations had been worth the wait.

With the team finally in place and ready to get to work, shrill warnings from detractors about the imminent demise of Israeli democracy were relegated to background noise. Ironically, while most of the hysteria surrounded the portfolios and plans of religious Zionists and “extremist” Haredim, and the incoming team’s vote to reform the judicial system, the first concrete action came from the Minister of Diaspora Affairs. , Amichai Chiklyof Likud.

Chiklywho is also the minister of Social Equality, announced on Saturday that he would order the immediate suspension of an agreement approved by his predecessor, Nachman Shaishortly after the November 1 Knesset election, to provide millions of shekels in taxes to a left-wing organization promoting a program in the United States whose leads include “leadership research in the fields of justice and equal rights.” gender”.

The NGO in question is Association for Economic and Social Studiesassociated with the “progressive Zionist” Berlin Katznelson Foundation (BKF) and the radical New Israel Fund. BKF used to be sarcastically referred to as the “Labour Party ATM”. Today he manages the party archive.

shaiwhich made the shady deal to shell out cash for an association whose intersectional awakening involves seeing Israel as an oppressor of Palestinians and women, is a member of the Labor Party (although his poor performance in the election resulted in him not having a seat in the current Knesset). Still, he apparently couldn’t resist throwing one last hurrah: instigating propaganda initiatives from those abroad seeking to save Israel of himself through “education”.

The rapid movement of Chikly to end the parody is not simply a breath of fresh air; it means the beginning of a real wind of change. And a change in thinking and policy when it comes to diaspora-related issues is critical.

Jews abroad are not a uniform group, and those whose support is given or withheld based on their judgment of the morality of Israel they are not to be coddled or wooed by the powers that be in Jerusalem. Rather, it is the supporters who are worth cultivating and reinforcing.

To his credit, the special challenges he faces as a right-winger replacing a progressive like shai, at a time when non-Orthodox Jews are up in arms against the leanings of the new Israeli government, did not deter him. Perhaps the fact that his father is a Conservative rabbi (ordained at the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem) will serve him well enough to give the synagogue and summer camp America the benefit of the doubt. Maybe not.

But two things the 41-year-old “renegade” from the Yamina Party of the former prime minister Naftali Bennett It has shown that it will not do without denying its principles and compromising its ideology.

This weekend, he also showed that he puts his money where his mouth is; or, rather, she takes him out of the clutches of the wicked of Israel. Let’s hope his colleagues are equally willing to get going.

Ruthie Blum is an Israel-based journalist and author of “To Hell in a Handbasket: Carter, Obama, and the ‘Arab Spring.’”

“Genuine Wind of Change”: New Diaspora Minister Halts Funding for Left-Wing NGOs