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Does the Diaspora Influence Israel? The Case of the Reconstituted Jewish Agency

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Publication Date: January 1975

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Government (Public policy)

Keywords: American Jews; Political behavior; Israel attachment

Type: Report

Coverage: United States Israel


The question of what role and how much influence Diaspora Jewry should have in shaping Israel's public policy has received increasing attention. World Jewry has exercised very little influence in Israeli policy. One method for attempting to understand this phenomenon is to explore the use by Diaspora Jewry of instruments and institutions which on the surface provide the opportunity for the exercise of such influence. The article analyzes the Jewish Agency as a case study.