As an Israeli Jew, it hurts me to think that there are people out there who want to “boycott” my country. It hurts because I know that my country treats all its citizens; be they Jews or Arabs, Muslims or Christians, heterosexuals, or gays as equals.
Over the past years, Russian-speaking Jews living in the US, Canada, Germany, and other countries have become exceedingly visible in pro-Israel events and demonstrations. This phenomenon can be noted on US university campuses, it’s evident at the yearly “March with Israel “ parade on 5th avenue in New York, as well as in the fight against anti-Israel propaganda in Vancouver, Canada.
Naftali Bennett earned a whopping 12 mandates in the last Knesset elections. This didn’t surprise anyone. He led a populist campaign based on the Israeli version of “You’re my bro.” He talked about unity, unity and more unity as if unity was everything and I gotta hand it to him: unity isn’t the “most important” think for Israel–it’s the only thing that really matters. But Bennett and his Jewish Home party have proven far from equal to the task of bringing unity to Israel.