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    • Rabbi Michael Lerner
    • 16.01.13 | 18:51 (IST)

    All through the years that Rabbi Yoffie chaired the Reform Movement (the Union of Reform Judaism) he and his movement avoided any serious confrontation with Israel and acceded to one insult after another toward non-orthodox Jews. Now, freed from the position of power, the mouse tries to roar like a lion, but to no effect. Meanwhile, his successors in the leadership of the Reform movement jumped in lockstep to salute Israel's refusal to allow the symbolic gesture of affirmation of Palestinian observer status at the U.N., even praising the weak-kneed Hillary Clinton/Barack Obama move to vote against that minimal level of recognition. In so doing, the Reform movement and the U.S. both contributed to the credibility of Hamas, which points out that the Palestinian Authority's path of non-violence and cooperation with Israel has only led to Israel feeling more empowered to expand its West Bank settlements. Until there is a fundamental shift in the Reform movement toward unequivocal opposition to Israel's playing to the fundamentalists and to Israel's expansionist policies, and a real attempt to educate its own members in the rank and file of the Reform movement to the ethical bankruptcy of the current and likely next government in Israel, the Reform movement's outrage will be predictably politically lame and will have no impact in shifting American, much less Israeli, policies.

    from the article: Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu: U.S. Jews are fed up with not being valued
    First published 13:42 16.01.13 | Last updated 13:42 16.01.13
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