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Jewish Values and Israel’s Use of Force in Armed Conflict: Perspectives from World Jewry

  • The Jewish People Policy Institute’s (JPPI) project investigating Diaspora positions and perspectives on Jewish values and Israel’s use of force in armed conflict concludes that the Jewish world understands the need and approves of the way Israel and the IDF use force in asymmetrical confrontations.
  • Despite this positive conclusion, many in the Jewish world are critical of particular Israeli policies that lead to the use of force. Many Jews doubt that Israel truly wishes to reach a peace settlement with the Palestinians, and few believe it is making the necessary effort to achieve one.
  • A sense of crisis has emerged in many Jewish communities regarding their relationships with Israel, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to discuss Israel because of the bitter political disputes these discussions spark. This difficulty may lead to the exclusion of Israel from Diaspora community agendas, and is an obstacle to communicating Israel’s actions and policies to the Jewish public within a sympathetic communal framework.
  • There is a significant generation gap. Younger Jews have less faith in Israel and its policies, and a greater tendency to object to its actions. They are more critical of Israeli decisions and their outcomes, and more inclined to expect Israel to take Diaspora Jewry’s opinions into account.
  • World Jewry does not view “Jewish Values” as the main operative tool with which Israel should conduct its military policy; at most they consider it a general reference point, that emphasizes their demand that Israel uphold a high moral standard.
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