Monday, January 3, 2022
Robert Singer, Chairman of the Center for Jewish Impact, was interviewed by KAN B Radio station on the current crisis between Israel and diaspora Jewry, the closing of Israel's border to non-Israeli citizens, and the need for Israel to have a long-term and strategic perspective on the imperative relations between Israel and world Jewry.
Among his remarks, Singer noted that following the recent developments relating to COVID-19, Israel has closed its border all non-Israeli citizens, leaving diaspora Jews unable to visit their families in Israel, "This further separates the diaspora from Israel, especially concerning when half of World Jewry lives abroad. It is paramount that Israel maintains this key relationship."
He added that "this issue demands a broader perspective, take into account the future of diaspora relations once the pandemic is over. Today, the diaspora Jewry has no representation within Israel’s COVID Cabinet - it is essential understand their perspective’s and to ensure that their voices are heard."
Furthermore, "an initial step would be to appoint a designated official within the National Security Council to represent and promote the needs of the Diaspora. This representative would have access to the Prime minister’s office, ensuring that governmental decisions take into account the Jewish diaspora."
Concluding the interview, Singer noted that "this dire situation must be recognized as a long-term and intergenerational issue."
Robert Singer, Chairman of the Center for Jewish Impact (Photo credit: Shahar Azran)