Israel’s Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry has tried a new approach to healing the Israel-Diaspora rift left by the recent attempt to pass the so-called Conversion Bill: polling. It commissioned a poll on attitudes towards intermarried Jews and non-Orthodox conversions, and released the results to the Jerusalem Post with a whole lot of spin.
Here’s the big news, according to the article — 68% of Israeli Jews “believe intermarried Diaspora Jews should be considered part of the Jewish people.” The Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein is using the poll figures to argue that “we in the political and media sphere perceive a more cynical and pessimistic picture than is reflected in the public” — i.e. that Israeli and Diaspora Jews are actually on the same page. But what, exactly, does the figure prove? Judaism has never taken the view that intermarriage means one ceases to be “part of the Jewish people,” yet only 68% of Israeli Jews affirm that intermarried couples still belong to the tribe. How, exactly, does that prove your point, Mr. Edelstein?
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