Unity, Mizrachi, and the legacy of Rabbi Sacks – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on November 17, 2020

The wall-to-wall unity agreement reached at the recent 38th World Zionist Congress is not something to be taken for granted.Neither is the role World Mizrachi played in this unique achievement.A seismic shift took place in Israels National Institutions (NI) at this particular congress. For the first time in Zionist history, the majority of the 525 delegates from Israel and around the world were identified with the political and religious right wing of the Zionist movement.This could perhaps be likened to the 1977 revolution in Israeli politics, when Menachem Begin rose to power after 30 years of Labor leadership. For the first time, Israel had a right-wing prime minister and government. This gradually brought more religious and traditional elements of Israeli society into political leadership positions.A similar phenomenon has begun in the NI.The shift in numbers was the result of multiple factors: the size of the Likud Party, the strength of Mizrachis religious-Zionist global representation, and the joining of the new ultra-Orthodox Eretz HaKodesh delegation from America, to name but three.One tangible sign of this new reality is that the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund and the chairperson of the World Zionist Organization (WZO), are affiliated with the political and religious Right.

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