Following a contentious debate on judicial reform at home, Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid met with American Jewish leaders in New York on Monday to mend fences.
Senior leaders of important mainstream Jewish organizations in North America, including the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Committee, and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations, attended the meeting, which the Jewish Federations of North America hosted at the UJA-Federation of New York’s headquarters in Manhattan.
The government led by Benjamin Netanyahu, who took Lapid’s place as Israel’s prime minister late last year, has been pushing for judicial reform legislation, and Lapid has been a strong opponent of it.
As a result of the country being paralyzed by large-scale protests and a countrywide strike that he encouraged, Netanyahu decided to put a hold on the legislative effort until the start of the Knesset summer session on April 30.
Several influential Jewish figures from North America have likewise voiced their concerns in the Israeli discussion.
Lapid discussed the value of the two nations’ shared democratic values in his speech to the Jewish leaders in New York.
Involving Israel and the U.S. He underlined that collaboration is more crucial than ever.
Senior officials were urged by him to continue supporting the Jewish state, noting that although governments come and go, the nation will always exist.
According to Julie Platt, chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, “We have voiced our greatest possible support that every party must do its utmost to seek and achieve compromise” on the judicial reforms.
Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Ritchie Torres were also seen separately by Lapid (D-N.Y.).