Omer Yankelevich
Omer Yankelevich Hadas Parush/Flash90

The government will today hold a first hearing of its kind aimed at tightening the relationship between the State of Israel and the Diaspora.

Yediot Ahronot reports that the program is based on recommendations from a public committee, led by Maxine Fassberg and Prof. Eugene Kendall, appointed a year and a half ago to examine the issue.

The committee stated that "The state must present a comprehensive strategic plan to ensure the future of the Jewish people, with the focus being on strengthening the relationship with the Jewish communities through a collaborative approach, investing in formal and informal education and strengthening Jewish identity and connection to Israel in various ways."

The committee called on Israel to adopt "a significant, first-of-its-kind statement that regulates Israel-Diaspora relations and requires the government to treat the Diaspora accordingly and beyond tactical actions to strategy."

Diaspora Minister Omer Yankelevich will present the plan for government approval. "We are at a moment of a historic decision. Are we seven million Jews living in Israel or a large nation of 15 million Jews around the world?" she said.

"We are moving in this plan from tactical actions to strategy. The government is announcing that we are one large Jewish population of 15 million Jews," Yankelevich added.

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