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2018 Annual Assessment

Today, Israel and the Jewish communities globally need to affirm the importance of a Jewish public conversation based on shared and specific dialogues, comprised by leadership and constituencies − affiliated and non-affiliated − to strengthen the bases of a pluralistic coexistence as a way of being faithful to the Jewish past and its current challenges. It implies differentiated inclusive policies based on agreed thresholds instead of exclusions that find their source in unilateral decisions.

The Government of Israel should commit itself to a joint effort with local Jewish communities in Latin America to strengthen ties to Israel, Judaism and other Jewish communities, especially those whose Jewish connections have eroded.

In light of the current political Latin American map, Israel should take advantage of the prevailing centrist character of the governments and the existence of regional organizations that may collectively act as allies (the LIMA Group or the OAS).

Israeli immigration authorities would highly benefit from an accurate assessment of the required support and immigration needs of the different sectors of olim, including those from Latin America, as well as the needs of potential new immigrants who are able or may be willing to maintain a significant link to their countries of origin and to other (third) countries where parts of their families live.

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