Former Soviet dissident, Natan Sharansky is president and founder of the Yisrael B’Alyia Anglos Party, which has joined the Likud. Former Minister of the Diaspora and Jerusalem in the government of Ariel Sharon, he resigned to show his opposition to the Retreat from Gaza Plan. Since June 2009 is the chairman of the executive of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Securing the Future:
Forging a Jewish agency for Israel and the Jewish people
1. The Timeless Vision for the Jewish Agency
The work of the Jewish Agency has always been driven by an enduring vision; the vision was most recently reaffirmed in 2004, and it remains true and pertinent as we look to secure the Jewish world’s tomorrow: To ensure the future of a connected, committed, global Jewish People with a strong Israel at its center.
2. The Jewish Agency in its first 80 years
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Whereas we believe that all people have the right to live in free societies, that free societies are anchored in freedom of thought and expression, and that institutions such as a free press, representative legislatures, accountable executives, independent judiciaries and market economies protect this core freedom, as well as many other freedoms;
Whereas we recognize that there is a profound moral difference between free societies and societies ruled by fear and repression where human (...)
Ties between the United States and Israel are based on common interests and values that they both share. In view of these strong ties, we can disagree sometimes. But, there is a point in which our disagreement turns difficult. The core of the Bush administration policy in the region is democratization. It is the only possibility of having peace in the region. However, Jerusalem’s political leaders reject this approach and this makes the opposition of the department of State to George W. (...)
Honorable Prime Minister, Dear Sir,
This is to inform you of my resignation from the post of Minister of the Diaspora and Jerusalem in your government. As you know, I oppose the retreat from Gaza as I consider that any concession in the peace process must be accompanied by democratic reforms. However, the retreat plan is not accompanied by any democratic reform. Therefore, it only strengthens terrorism. How is our retreat from Gaza going to strengthen democracy or help dismantle the (...)