PM Olmert to Diaspora Jews: I Didn’t Mean It

Posted on November 28, 2007 In Blog

According to this JTA report, Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert told Jewish leaders that he does in fact want Diaspora Jewry to speak out – and up – on issues of critical importance to world Jewry, even if their opinion runs contra to that of Israel’s prime minister. As reported, the Prime Minister told Malcolm Hoenlein, the Executive Vice Chairman of the President’s Conference that he was opposed to Diaspora Jews forcing anything on Israel, not to their right to speak or advocate. Said Hoenlein “He said what he has always said. He urged people: ‘Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you don’t have a right to speak out about Jerusalem’ … “He reiterated the right of people to speak out.” Read the full report here.