Rabbinical Assembly Acknowledges New Israeli Government

After incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu notified President Isaac Herzog that he had formed a new governing coalition, the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association for Conservative/Masorti rabbis, issued the following statement:

The Conservative/Masorti movement remains staunchly devoted to Israel as the homeland for the entire Jewish people. We will engage with the new government to advocate for religious pluralism, democratic values, and rights and dignity for all. We commit to challenging hateful and supremacist ideologies, whenever or wherever they manifest.

For the returning Prime Minister, actions speak louder than words. We understand that he has committed to taking responsibility for all major policy decisions of his new government. It is incumbent on all of us to ensure that this new Israeli government treats all people with respect in order to uphold the promise of Israel as set out in Israel’s declaration of independence for generations to come. We wish Benyamin Netanyahu well-being and fortitude as he takes on the challenging responsibility as Israel’s Prime Minister.

We commit to working with the new government to fulfill the vision set out in that founding document, to develop a country ‘for the benefit of all its inhabitants…based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel…[to] ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex… [and to] guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture.’ These values also underlie Israel’s relationship with world Jewry, a relationship which we hope Prime Minister Netanyahu will continue to strengthen and invest in.