Reform Movement Statement on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Initiative to Bring the Racist Otzma Yehudit Party into the Government
URJ Press Release
February 26, 2019 – The Reform Movement strongly condemns the recent initiative of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to bring loyalists of racist Rabbi Meir Kahane into the Knesset. Those who espouse an ideology of hate, intolerance, and incite violence have no place in the Jewish State let alone in her government.
The encouragement and courting of the Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) party by the Prime Minister raises the most profound concerns, and stands in stark contrast to the promise of Israel’s Declaration of Independence that states:
“The state of Israel will promote the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; will be based on precepts of liberty, justice and peace taught by the Hebrew prophets; will uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens without distinction of race, creed or sex…”
URJ Stmt on Netanyahu Initiative to bring Racist Otzma Yehudit Party into Government