US Jewish groups split over pledge for unity on Israel

A National Pledge for Unity on Israel issued jointly on Monday by the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee has created a backlash, with some Jewish organizations refusing to sign it.

The pledge, meant “to encourage other national organizations, elected officials, religious leaders, community groups and individuals to rally around bipartisan support for Israel while preventing the Jewish state from becoming a wedge issue in the upcoming campaign season,” notes that Israel often comes up as a vote-splitter of an issue.

“The Jewish community has had a strong interest in ensuring that American support for Israel is one of the critical strategic issues that unites rather than divides parties and officials,” the pledge reads. “US-Israel friendship should never be used as a political wedge issue.”


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