Bronfman: Jewish Leaders
Creating Rift Between Israel-US
By Shlomo Shamir
Ha'aretz Daily

NEW YORK -- Certain Jewish figures and organizations are deliberately acting to cause a crisis between Israel and the White House in an effort to prevent the implementation of the road map, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Edgar Bronfman, told Haaretz yesterday.
Bronfman said that his letter to President George W. Bush last month urging opposition to the separation fence expressed his concern for the future relations between Israel and the American administration. Details of the letter, co-signed by former undersecretary of state Lawrence Eagleburger, were reported in Haaretz yesterday.
Bronfman, who is spending the summer vacation on his Idaho ranch, said Israel and the Jewish community cannot afford a fight with the White House now. Bronfman is known as one of the harshest critics of the pro-Israeli lobby AIPAC and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations that are "dominated by the right wing."
Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres and Justice Minister Yosef Lapid were among the many Jewish leaders and Israeli public figures who wrote Bronfman letters of support following the report of his letter to Bush.
Bronfman and Eagleburger are old friends and live next door to one another. Eagleburger was undersecretary of state in the administration of George Bush senior, during the crisis between Bush and former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir in which the administration withheld the loan guarantees to Israel.
WJC chairman Israel Singer yesterday slammed right-wing Jewish leaders, saying they are doing everything to destroy the political pluralism in the community and boycotting anyone whose opinion is different from theirs. He said public opinion polls indicate that some 80 percent of the Jews support the road map and the peace process and just as right-wing officials can express their opinions, so can the left-wing camp.



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