June 13, 2021
The Central Conference of American Rabbis congratulates Knesset Member Yair Lapid, who has succeeded in assembling a new governing coalition in Israel, uniting a wide array of political parties with vastly different priorities and outlooks. We congratulate incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and all members of the coalition and its Knesset supporters, historically including an Israeli Arab party.
Reform rabbis celebrate the fact that the new government includes parties and ministers who share some of the CCAR’s most cherished goals for the Jewish State: achieving a two-state solution and equal religious rights for all Israelis. This government offers a historic opportunity to preserve and build Israeli democracy and the rule of law, stem the growth of West Bank settlements, defend the Jewish State when it is under attack, and enhance the rights of its Arab citizens. We are grateful to our IMPJ colleagues in Israel who intend to hold the new government to their promises in this regard.
The announcement of this new government offers the possibility of normalcy to the Israeli body politic, exhausted after four elections within the last two years. Israel now has a government empowered to adopt a budget, rebuild Israel’s depleted civil service, and serve its citizens as any government is obligated to do. Israel will also no longer be led by a prime minister under indictment for official corruption.
Reform rabbis are excited for a renewed opportunity to lead our communities in deeper connection with Israel and its highest aspirations. We wish the new government success, pray for peace and security for every resident of Israel and its Occupied Territories, and pledge our enduring support to the Jewish State.
Rabbi Lewis Kamrass
Rabbi Hara E. Person
Central Conference of American Rabbis