MK Herzog: Israelis don’t know enough about Diaspora

By GIL STERN STERN SHEFLER
February 1, 2012 17:59

 
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Most Israelis don’t know enough about the Diaspora, lamented MK Isaac Herzog at the Herzliya Conference on Wednesday.

Speaking on a panel debating delegitimization and anti-Semitism with other senior Israeli politicians and Jewish officials, the Labor lawmaker said there was a disconnect between the Jewish state and Jewish communities overseas.

“Most Israeli politicians are ignorant and don't care their words affect the diaspora,” he said.

Herzog, whose grandfather was Rabbi Yitzhak Halevi Herzog, the chief rabbi of Ireland, added that Israel needed to “reinvigorate” its narrative to address its critics. He said that it needed to educate younger generations on the lessons of the Holocaust and stress its liberal democratic values to the world that permits voters to elect lawmakers whose political beliefs range from “Muslim fundamentalist to Jewish fascist.”

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