The electoral success of MK Avigdor
Lieberman in the recent Israeli elections has caused concern
among many working for Israeli-Palestinian peace. We share
with you Brit Tzedek's policy statement, an interview
with policy analyst Daniel Levy on Liebermanism, a chronology on Lieberman's
political rise to power, and an overview of the U.S. Jewish
Brit Tzedek Concerned by Lieberman's Impact on
Prospects for Peace, Security
An Interview with Daniel Levy on Liebermanism
Avigdor Lieberman - Chronology
U.S. Jewish Communial Responses to
Concerned by Lieberman's Impact
on Prospects for Peace,
The mission of Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, to educate and mobilize
American Jews for a two-state solution to the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, requires that we affirmatively
promote the peace process at every opportunity and challenge any
and all policies that would lessen the likelihood of reaching
our eventual goal.
It is in that spirit that Brit Tzedek publicly questions two
deeply disturbing policy proposals put forward by Member of
Knesset Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu (Israel is Our
LOYALTY OATH. Yisrael Beitenu would require all Israeli
citizens to take a loyalty oath to Israel as the Jewish state,
subjecting any who refuse to loss of citizenship and voting
rights, as well as the right to hold elective office.
Though they would be permitted to remain in the country as
permanent residents, such an oath would surely be problematic
for most of Israel's 1.3 million Arab citizens, some
ultra-Orthodox Jews, and many other Israelis whose particular
ideas on nationalism don't fall within the acceptable rubric.
Brit Tzedek's founding principles fully endorse the
democratic, Jewish nature of the State of Israel. We believe
that the imposition of a loyalty oath misconstrues the essential
nature of the relationship between a state and its citizens.
Israel's own Declaration of Independence states that Israel
should "ensure complete equality ... to all its inhabitants
irrespective of religion, race or sex."
INVOLUNTARY TRANSFER. Yisrael Beitenu also proposes the
wholesale redrawing of the borders of Israel and a future
Palestinian state to transfer vast geographic areas of Israel,
which contain a significant Arab population into a future
Palestinian State in exchange for areas within the West Bank.
Such a drastic transfer of land and people, without input from
the residents whose lives would be irrevocably affected, would
violate the spirit of democracy.
Proposals like these are not unique to Israel; a
dishearteningly long list of European parties have adopted
similar rhetoric in recent years, and the U.S. has clearly
struggled with issues of civil rights and democratic principles
in the post-9/11 era.
But, the adoption of either proposal by the Knesset would
severely escalate tensions within Israel, between Israelis and
Palestinians, and between Israel and the entire Arab world.
Additionally, such developments have the potential to alienate
the American government and international community, both of
which are essential for Israel to provide a safe future for all
of its citizens.
More than anything else, the electoral success of Yisrael
Beitenu indicates the urgent need to move NOW toward a true
resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian and other regional
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