Rivlin reassures American Jewish leaders that Israel is committed to diaspora

Ahead of Yom Kippur, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders that despite the tensions, Israel remains committed to the diaspora. Rivlin also mentioned INTERPOL’s decision to approve the Palestinian Authority as a member and the UN’s blacklist targeting companies that operate in West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke yesterday evening (Wednesday) with the leaders of American Jewish organizations regarding Israel’s relations with the Jewish diaspora, INTERPOL’s decision to accept the Palestinian Authority as a member and the UN’s blacklist against companies that do business in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Rivlin told the members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations that the Israeli government will never turn its back on the Jewish people who live outside of Israel. Apparently referencing the Israeli government’s decision to suspend the Western Wall agreement and the advancement of the Conversion Law, Rivlin said that despite the low points that were recorded over the past year, the relations between the Israeli government and the diaspora will remain strong.   

Rivlin condemned INTERPOL’s decision to accept the PA as a member. “This decision will harm INTERPOL’s ability to fight international terror,” he said. “This is not a decision based on professional need. It is absolutely a political decision. It is very sad that the Palestinians have been able to politicize another professional body as part of their campaign to undermine peace talks and delegitimize Israel.”

Regarding the UN Human Rights Council’s blacklist, Rivlin stated that Israel is very concerned about the publication, saying that it could not only harm American and Israeli companies but also the Palestinians.

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