Israel’s leaders are desperate to end the nearly seven-decade occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
But the government is facing resistance from the religious and political right.
Some politicians, like Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, want the country to be an apartheid state where Jews are forced to live in “temporary camps” and live under “total control” by the army and police.
In addition, a growing number of Israeli Jews have expressed a willingness to return to the country.
But it is unclear how long this new wave of emigration will last, as the new administration and its supporters continue to pressure Israeli politicians and the media to support the occupation.
This week, a government-sponsored poll showed that just 39 percent of Israelis support returning to the land of their birth.
And when the government launched an extensive campaign in the United States this month to promote Israel’s status as a Jewish state, it was met with a backlash by the U.S. Jewish community, which says that the push for a Jewish homeland in the country is a racist and anti-Semitic ploy.
The Israeli military is not just making efforts to pressure American Jews to return, but to undermine American Jewish organizations and organizations like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
In February, the Israeli military launched a massive campaign to promote Israeli sovereignty over the West Wall, which Palestinians claim as part of their capital.
The army even went as far as threatening to tear down the United Nations’ Western Wall and replace it with an Israeli-occupied settlement in the occupied West Bank.
The government of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s right-wing prime minister, is also trying to undermine the Jewish state and Jewish organizations, particularly the American Jewish community.
In March, Netanyahu’s administration threatened to boycott a $5 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia unless the country agreed to release four Americans, three of whom were American citizens.
The Israeli government also demanded the release of six other Americans held by the kingdom.
The administration has also been cracking down on organizations and groups that promote boycotts of Israel, such as the Anti Defamation League.
The ADL, however, has continued to defend the rights of Israeli citizens to boycott the Jewish State.
“Israel is an apartheid country,” said Daniel Pipes, the ADL’s deputy director for strategic communications.
“We have a clear choice to make.
We can stand up to the Israeli government and to the extremist elements of the right wing in Israel, or we can be complicit and silent.”
The government’s efforts to undermine and undermine American organizations and Jewish communities are not limited to the American side.
On March 2, a group of more than 100 rabbis and ministers from more than a dozen Jewish denominations signed an open letter to the president of the United Jewish World Service, expressing “deep concern” over the government’s plan to end Jewish immigration to Israel and demand that Israel immediately halt the relocation of the Palestinians from the West.
The letter also calls on the administration to refrain from the use of taxpayer dollars to “impose an additional and unnecessary economic burden on our Jewish brothers and sisters in the Jewish community.”
In response, the UJW issued a statement that said the letter was “intended as a warning shot.”
“We have no choice but to reject the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement and its call for an end of Israel’s existence,” the statement read.
“In this regard, we urge the administration not to continue to support this effort, because we know it will not work.”
The Jewish Voice for Peace, a Jewish advocacy organization, said that the boycott effort is a form of anti-Semitism that “is rooted in a fear that Jewish citizens in America will be threatened by an unprecedented influx of Jewish immigration into the United State and a growing demand for the return of our people to their homeland.”
“As we see this campaign playing out on the American right, we are calling on all American Jews, particularly those who support Israel’s Jewish citizens, to refuse to be silent,” the group said in a statement.
“To continue to do nothing is to commit an act of complicity.”
While the Trump administration is not likely to take any action against the government, the growing push by Jewish groups and leaders for an Israeli return to Israel could be a warning to the incoming administration.