AIPAC 2017: No Political Camp Has the Right to Define Who's Pro-Israel

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AIPAC 2017: No Political Camp Has the Right to Define Who's Pro-Israel

President Trump on stage at the AIPAC Policy Conference with his face shown on large screens about the podium

AIPAC’s Policy Conference returns to Washington this weekend. Like many other pro-Israel Americans, I know that America’s relationship with our closest ally in the Middle East, and the only Jewish state in the world, is best sustained when it transcends the partisan rancor that divides entrenched opponents on so many other issues. Diverse American political support for Israel is a source of strength for both nations and for the Jewish community.

During this first Policy Conference during the Trump administration, how do we avoid letting shared pro-Israel values be overwhelmed by differences on other issues – or differences on what it means to be “pro-Israel”? The answer is clear: we don’t shrink from those differences, but we express our positions with passion, with vigor, and with respect.

When we disagree with this Administration, as we have with presidents from both parties over many decades, we do so as clearly and powerfully as we can.

Read the rest of this op-ed in Haaretz.

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Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner represents the Reform Movement to Congress and the administration as the director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. He also serves as the senior vice president of the Union for Reform Judaism. Named one of the most influential rabbis in America, he has been an inspirational leader, creative entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for social justice.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

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