A message from MERCAZ Olami, the Zionist arm of the worldwide Masorti-Conservative movement, in light of the recent Israeli elections
MERCAZ Olami, the Zionist arm of Masorti-Conservative Judaism in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Australia reaffirms its commitment to the essential values of Zionism and Israel as a Jewish and democratic State.
The national elections which took place in Israel this past week were open and transparent. The voter turnout was particularly high, attesting to the strength of Israel’s democracy. We are proud of this reality and of Israel as a vibrant democracy. We also applaud the fact that all sides accept the results of the election. We affirm our unshakable support for the State of Israel.
However, in light of the basic values stated in the Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel, we respond to the election results with great concern. It is impossible to ignore the fact that the coalition which appears to be in the making, will include politicians whose positions regarding basic elements of democracy and diversity (such as Jewish pluralism, LGBTQ and vulnerable minorities) significantly differ from the values which have guided Zionism since its inception. The bridges between Israel and world Jewry could be severely damaged if a step back will be taken on sensitive issues like the Egalitarian Kotel, conversion, and who is a Jew.
We are worried and troubled because the power of Israel depends not only on her military and economic strength but also on her values, her international stature as a liberal democracy and her connection with the Jewish people around the world.
We have always been proud of Israel and plan to continue to be so forever בכל יום ובכל עת ובכל שעה (every day, every moment, every hour). This very eternal pride causes us to firmly turn to the next Prime Minister of Israel with a request not to appoint Itamar Ben Gvir to a ministerial position in the new Government. He has been convicted of criminal acts including incitement of racism, possession of propaganda material of a terrorist organization and support of a terrorist organization.
למען ציון לא אחשה
For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace
The Rabbinical Assembly
Women’s League for Conservative Judaism
Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano
The Schechter Institutes, Inc.
The Masorti Foundation
The Jewish Educators Assembly
NAASE – Association of Synagogue Executives