The Leftists are screaming into the wind in panic as they realize that the main group of people making aliyah are religious, and that religious people have more children.
The left can’t fight this demographic shift unless they get reinforcements from gentile Russians and foreign workers who don’t want to be Jews anyway. They want to wave a magic wand over these gentiles, pronouncing them “Jewish” so that they can maintain their political stranglehold on Israel.
Conference on Jewish future ends with list of recommendations;
JCPPPI head: gathering was a success
Published: 07.12.07, 19:47 / Israel Jewish Scene
The Orthodox monopoly on Judaism in Israel is "major impediment to the alignment of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora moving forward; a challenge to aliyah; and even a major impediment to the Jewish identification of a very significant number of Israelis", according to the findings of a conference on the future of the Jewish people.
The three-day conference of Diaspora and Israeli leaders and academics ended Thursday with a list of policy recommendations.
Avinoam Bar-Yosef, director-general of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI), which organized the conference, told Ynetnews that the event had succeeded in its goal to draw up policies designed to ensure Jewish continuity.
"Delegates of the Jewish people, from Israel and abroad, academics, operational leaders, philanthropists, all gathered here. They came without group interests, and with a feeling of obligation to a Jewish future. They came to decide a new policy for the future of the Jewish people, and they succeeded in their goal," Avinoam said.
'Encourage Jewish population growth'
The conference had been divided into a number of working groups. One such group, called to discuss Jewish communities, expressed opposition to the "state monopoly of religion in Israel," adding it was a "major impediment to the alignment of Jews in Israel and the Diaspora moving forward; a challenge to aliyah; and even a major impediment to the Jewish identification of a very significant number of Israelis."
The group also expressed "concern at the rise of Diaspora Jewish anti-Zionist activism."
In another recommendation, the working group said that "the Israeli government needs to urgently invest resources in enhancing its Hasbara (PR) effort, in order to effectively disseminate the Israeli narrative, provide 'ammunition' to Israel's defenders, and bolster identification with Israel among Jewish communities."
Another working group, focusing on Jewish identity, said that action should be taken to "encourage Jewish population growth," by "strengthening and making more accessible the giyur (conversion to Judaism) system and procedures."
The group also called for "new frameworks of dialogue given the many different modes of Jewish identification that exist and compete in the contemporary Jewish scene."
"The main thrust is that we perceived a sense of extreme urgency to the issues and the challenges facing Jewish peoplehood and existence," the working committee said in its paper.