Supporting Israel

Around the world, Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is constantly questioned. The WJC and its affiliates actively defend the legitimacy of Israel on all levels and support the state against unfair and biased attacks.

Right to exist

In 2018, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary. Although it is still the only fully democratic country in the Middle East, Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state is not only still questioned, but this sentiment has proliferated, with the rise of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. This is due to incitement among the large Islamic Diaspora where Muslims greatly outnumber Jewish populations in most Western countries, and also due to a rising movement on college and university campuses around the world, particularly in the United States and in Europe.

Israel’s operations along the Gaza Strip to protect its border towns from waves of terror and incitement has created a new surge of anti-Israel hatred providing new excuses for its de-legitimization.

Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state in peace, security, stability and prosperity is not a sine-qua non among many of the world’s population especially, but not only, among developing nations.

For Jews around the world, the State of Israel is a special place. Israel’s well-being is central to Jewish life.

Jews around the world are proud of Israel’s achievements over the last 70 years and support those who continue to build and defend Israel.

Like every other legitimate state, Israel has a right to defend itself against any acts of aggression that threaten its citizens.

The global Jewish community must work together to activate the prodigious wealth of Jewish talent in the field of public relations to counter adverse images of Israel and its people, in the media, on the internet, and by articulate spokespersons who attack it. We also see to engage youth, particularly students, to collaborate in a positive way to try to change the discourse about Israel on campus, and show case not only its achievement as a democratic nation, and a leader in innovation, but also underscore its indisputable right to exist as a Jewish state.

The World Jewish Congress is committed to supporting Israel and defending it against delegitmization in every sphere.

Israel’s international relations

Israel is not treated like any other state. It does not have diplomatic relations with a number of states and is often singled out for criticism by international organisations such as the UN, which imposes double standards across its bodies and agencies.

Governments must apply the same standards to Israel when judging its actions compared with those of other countries.

Israel should not be singled out for criticism by countries which do not themselves adhere to the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

Israel needs to be treated fairly in international organizations, especially in United Nations bodies such as the Human Rights Council. 

All countries should recognize Israel's right to exist, and be open to developing diplomatic ties with Israel.


Peace Process

A negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinians based on a two-state solution is the only legitimate, just and viable way to provide for a lasting peace.

The nascent Palestinian state should respect the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. A Palestinian state can only be founded if it respects Israel’s right to exist in security.

Initiatives that help to enable the Palestinians to advance economically and socially should also be supported as a means of stabilising the peace process.
 


Documents

  • Press Briefing by Israel Navy Deputy Commander
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  • MFA - Video from Israeli Navy
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  • PM Netanyahu's speech
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  • PM Netanyahu's speech
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  • Gaza Operation. December 2008 - January 2009.
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  • Suspension of Construction in Judea and Samaria
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  • Israel Response to EU Foreign Ministers Council Statement
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  • PM Netanyahu address and interview
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  • “The Intransigent Israeli?” A Document from the Archives of the British Foreign Office (FCO/17 1554) by Shmuel Bar
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  • "Delegitimizing Jews and the Jewish State: Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism after Auschwitz" by Yves Pallade
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  • "Rashid Khalidi and the Palestinians’ Failure to Achieve Statehood" by Jacob Lassner
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  • PM Netanyahu's speech at the Herzliya Conference
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  • PM Netanyahu's address at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations
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  • PM Netanyahu's address to the Jewish Agency Board of Governors
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  • President Peres meets with UN Special Coordinator Serry
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  • Statement from Prime Minister Netanyahu's Bureau
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  • Remarks by PM Benjamin Netanyahu at the weekly Cabinet meeting
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  • 'On Al-Aqsa TV, Hamas Deputy Minister of Religious Calls for Jews to be Annihilated' - MEMRI
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  • Press Conference with Avigdor Liberman Baroness Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem
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  • President Peres meets with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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  • Cabinet communique at the weekly Cabinet meeting
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  • Address by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at AIPAC
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  • Candidly Speaking: Down from the fence - Isi leibler - Jeruslaem Post
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  • President Peres meets with French Prime Minister Fillon
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  • 'George Stephanopoulos' One-on-One with Benjamin Netanyahu' - ABC News
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  • "Hizbullah's scuds are only the tip of the iceberg" (Communicated by the IDF Spokesperson)
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  • Q&A With Daniel Ayalon on Israeli Foreign Policy
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  • PM Netanyahu welcomes beginning of proximity talks
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  • President Peres represents Israel in Moscow marking victory over Nazis
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  • Easing restrictions for Palestinians in the West Bank
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  • 'Israel allows building materials to enter Gaza for UNRWA'
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  • OQR Welcomes Israeli Announcement of Measures to Ease Movement and Access
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  • MFA legal expert Sarah Weiss Maudi on the legal aspects of Gaza aid
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  • Who is behind the Gaza flotilla?
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  • Statement by Government of Israel on the Middle East Resolution passed at the NPT Review Conference
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  • Gaza flotilla: Excerpts from press conference with DM Barak, CoS Ashkenazi and Naval Commander Marom
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  • Statement by H.E. Aharon Leshno Yaar, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Geneva
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  • Justice Ministry Statement on High Court of Justice Petitions Regarding the Gaza Flotilla
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  • A Danish research institute exposes the links the Turkish organization IHH had with Al-Qaeda and global jihad networks
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  • IDF forces met with pre-planned violence when attempting to board flotilla
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  • FM Liberman speaks with UN Secretary General Ban
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  • Statement by PM Netanyahu Regarding Flotilla to Gaza
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  • PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Security Cabinet Meeting
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  • Hamas Refuses to Allow Flotilla Aid into Gaza Strip
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  • Statement by Prime Minister Netanyahu
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  • Ship Attempting to Break Maritime Closure of Gaza Strip Boarded by Israel Naval Forces with Compliance of Crew
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  • Cabinet to vote on appointment of public commission into Gaza flotilla events
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  • Specific Flotilla Passengers are Active terror Operatives linked to Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and other Organizations
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  • 'A brutal ambush at sea by Ron Ben-Yishai - Ynet News
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  • 'Thirsting for Pragmatism: A Constructive Alternative to Amnesty International's Report on Palestinian Access to Water' by Alon Tal
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  • 'Haiti, Israel, and the Jews' by Mordechai Arbell
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  • Prime Minister's Office - Statement
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  • ITIC: Almost all of the casualties on board the Mavi Marmara were fully identified as members of Turkish Islamist organizations.
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  • Gaza Strip Merchandise and Humanitarian Aid Report
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  • Quartet Representative Tony Blair welcomes Israel's publication of controlled items list for Gaza
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  • Weekly Cabinet meeting
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  • Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel in Joint Press Availability
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  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Briefing on Israel's New Policy Towards Gaza
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  • ABC "Good Morning America" interview with PM Netanyahu
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  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Address to the Council on Foreign Relations
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  • CNN Larry King Live Interview With PM Netanyahu
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  • Cabinet communique at the weekly Cabinet meeting
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  • Special Facebook Briefing by PM's Spokeman Mark Regev
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  • Maj. Gen. (Res.) Eiland Presents the Chief of the General Staff with the Conclusions of his Examination Team
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  • 'Israel and the US: That Bad?' by Oded Eran
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  • JCPA: Rachel’s Tomb, a Jewish Holy Place, Was Never a Mosque
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  • Current situation of assistance from abroad in the battle with the Carmel forest fire
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  • Main Findings and Messages from the Turkel Commission Report
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  • OPINION - Dan Diker: Between self-criticism and self-delegitimization
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  • Speech by PM Netanyahu to a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress
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