Ariel Cahana of the Makor Rishon magazine wrote that Prime Minister Netanyahu foresees that the non-Orthodox American community will completely assimilate in a generation or two.
During talks he held recently with people involved in links between Israel and American Jewry, Netanyahu said that the low birth rate of liberal Jews would be the main cause of their demographic demise and that Israel should prepare for the day when this bastion of American support no longer exists, Cahana wrote.
Although Israel should not turn a cold shoulder on non-Orthodox Jews, in the long run it would not be worthwhile for Israel to invest excessive energy in preserving the Jewish identity of the non-Orthodox communities and strengthening their connections with Israel, Netanyahu reportedly said.
Netanyahu reportedly opined that Israel should rely as much as possible on the support of the Orthodox American community, whose support has been increasing in the past years. Netanyahu also allegedly thought it worthwhile to strengthen Israel’s bond with Christians close to Israel whose electoral power is increasing in the United States and Canada.
Cahana wrote that Netanyahu may be influenced by similar ideas expressed by Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer.
The Prime Minister’s office said in response, “The reports are inaccurate and do not reflect the opinion of the Prime Minister; the Prime Minister respects all streams.”