MK Miri Regev (Likud) launched a new Knesset caucus Teusday intended to combat attempts to delegitimize Israel in the international arena.
Regev collaborated with the Diaspora Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry to create the new caucus and celebrated its launch with an afternoon session focusing on strategies for coping with delegitimization. The creation of the new caucus comes shortly after the annual Israel Apartheid Week events that pro-Arab groups stage each years to undermind Israel.
“In an age in which the threat of delegitimization against Israel has turned from a false threat to a real one, of an increase in the delegitimization of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, and the activities directed against the state turn slowly but surely into actual threats, we must plan accordingly for these challenges,” Regev told those who attended the caucus' first meeting.
“This is a new sort of threat and danger. The threats that we knew before were of a certain kind of ‘hard’ force, but the threat of delegitimization utilizes ‘soft’ force.”
Prof. Asa Kasher, who drafted the IDF’s ethical code, was asked to aid the caucus and the ministry in establishing a public advisory committee that would “define what is legitimate criticism of the state and its institutions and what is illegitimate criticism, designed to generate delegitimization, and which crosses the boundaries of appropriate democratic dialogue.”
Among the non-parliamentarians in attendance were Nobel Laureate Prof. Yisrael Aumann and David Yaari, CEO of Hillel Israel. Yaari said the creation of the new caucus was gratifying and that, even though he dialogue, one must keep in mind "The state of Israel... its existence can never be denied. Its thousands of years old and it is ours for eternity."