Article Library / Structured Jewish World Dialogue

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

The Jewish People Policy Institute’s 2015 Dialogue was held under the wider umbrella of its Pluralism and Democracy project, which is supported by the William Davidson Foundation. The Dialogue process encompassed unmediated study of Jewish public positions highly relevant to Israel via 40 discussion groups and seminars involving members of Jewish communities around the world.2 Questionnaires were also administered in this framework, and research on the Jewish public as a whole was analyzed – including studies on Jewish populations with thin attachments to Israel and organized Diaspora Jewish life. The findings that emerged from these activities formed the basis for an integrative concluding discussion in the form of a brainstorming conference held in Glen Cove, NY (May 18-19, 2015). Senior figures in American Jewish leadership, rabbis, intellectuals and academics took part in the conference discussions.