Plans to expel communities from land east of Jerusalem and move them to new town in Jordan Valley were drafted without consulting tribes.
Pro-independence activists are pounding pavement in hopes of swaying undecided voters but prophecies of economic doom are putting damper on promise of brighter future.
Foreign minister's office says he held 'sensitive diplomatic meetings' and met with Schlaff, Austrian businessman and longtime associate. Most senior ministry officials were not aware of the trip.
A recent paean to Diaspora Jewish life imagines a Judaism that eschews particularism, is disconnected from its past and peoplehood, and rejects a positive Jewish nationalism that nurtures Jewish values.