'Knesset is the parliament of the Jewish people'

Andy Groveman, chairman of the United Israel Appeal (UIA), discusses how the Jewish Diaspora should be involved in Israel.

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Andy Groveman
Andy Groveman
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Arutz Sheva spoke with Andy Groveman, chairman of the United Israel Appeal (UIA), who is in Israel as part of the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors visit to the Knesset.

“This has been a tremendous visit because it gives us an opportunity to get to know up close and personal members of Knesset, share our issues with them and listen to what they’re about and what concerns they have,” he said.

Asked how much the Jewish Diaspora has to be connected with what happens in Israel, Groveman replied, “Israel is the home for all the Jews, and it’s a principle that the Jewish people have had for thousands of years.”

He continued, “We think that the members of Knesset are interested in what the Jews of the Diaspora have to say on any issue affecting the Jewish people. There’s no question about it. This is the parliament of the Jewish people.”

One topic that was discussed with the Knesset members was the issue of inclusiveness, “that we want Israel to be more sensitive and more inclusive to all Jews, because Israel is the home for all Jews,” said Groveman.

The sides also discussed the fight against BDS and the role of the Jewish Agency in fighting the phenomenon.

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