Opponents decry candidate Effi Eitam, as a ‘lightning rod’ for ‘haters of Israel, unsuited to sensitive post at Holocaust authority
Eretz HaKodesh, a new, ultra-Orthodox party in the U.S. wanted to control a key job at JNF, but it will be shared.
“It is an extreme agreement that will bar the liberal Jewish Zionist movements and organizations from all positions of influence.”
Among the 521 delegates attending the congress, a slight majority of 269 are affiliated with the right-wing and religious party.
The inaugural 10-day tour, titled ‘Let Our People Know,’ arrives Tuesday and features meetings with settlers and peace activists.
Birthright has included a ban on “hijakck(ing) a discussion” in the contract participants are required to sign.
Birthright is experiencing a sharp drop in participation rates, especially lacking American Jews.
Not everyone welcomed the first Christian evangelical volunteers with open arms.
Naftali Bennett, Israel’s far right wing minister, drew a parallel on Sunday evening between the gunman who massacred 11 Jews and Hamas militants.
He referred to the location as “a place with a profound Jewish flavor.”