Central donor for Kohelet Forum halts contributions

A central donor for the Kohelet Forum, Arthur Dantchik, announced that he would halt contributions to the forum and other research institutes in Israel, Calcalist reported on Friday.

"Throughout my life, I have supported a diverse array of organizations that promote individual liberties and economic freedoms for all people," said Dantchik. "Nevertheless, when a society becomes dangerously fragmented, people must come together to preserve democracy.  I stopped donating to think tanks in Israel, including the Kohelet Policy Forum. I believe what is most critical at this time is for Israel to focus on healing and national unity."

"We do not comment on our donors," said Kohelet in response to a request for comment. "Donations to Kohelet are broad-based and increasing steadily."