Miri Regev AJ 248.88.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozlimski)
With Israeli Apartheid Week making headlines on college campuses in Europe and
North America, MK Miri Regev (Likud) launched a new Knesset caucus Tuesday that
seeks to fight the delegitimization of Israel.
Regev’s caucus was created
in collaboration with the Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry, and
celebrated its launch with an afternoon session focusing on strategies for
coping with delegitimization.
Among the participants in the discussion
was Nobel Laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann.
“In an age in which the threat
of delegitimization against Israel has turned from a false threat to a real one,
of an increase in the delegitimization of Israel as the national home of the
Jewish people, and the activities directed against the state turn slowly but
surely into actual threats, we must plan accordingly for these challenges,” said
“This is a new sort of threat and danger. The threats that we knew
before were of a certain kind of ‘hard’ force, but the threat of
delegitimization utilizes ‘soft’ force.”
Diaspora Affairs and Public
Diplomacy Minister Yuli Edelstein asked Prof. Asa Kasher, who drafted the IDF’s
ethical code, to aid the caucus and the ministry in establishing a public
advisory committee that would “define what is legitimate criticism of the state
and its institutions and what is illegitimate criticism, designed to generate
delegitimization, and which crosses the boundaries of appropriate democratic
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