Fear of attacks against Jewish targets abroad

Monday, December 18, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) has warned Sunday that international Jihadist organizations are planning to step-up their attempts to perpetrate terrorist attacks against international Jewish institutions mostly because of their inability to penetrate into Israel.

Chairman of the Board of the JPPPI and former special US envoy to the Middle East ambassador Dennis Ross, who presented JPPPI's annual report during the weekly cabinet meeting, outlined the institute's assessment for 2006, included strategic assessments regarding the threat of a nuclear Iran and the strengthening of Islamic extremism around the world, and other issues pertaining to the global Jewish community, as well as to Israel.

Regarding the war in Lebanon, Ross said that the world Jewish community was heavily affected by the war. He said that the Jewish communities in Europe were very worried from the lack of a concise victory, especially due to the rising levels of anti-Semitism in Europe and the relationships with the local Muslim minorities. In the US, where Jews feel a lot safer, the community is more worried about the safety and wellbeing of the Israeli population.

Ambassador Ross also spoke about the relationship between Israel and the Jewish People and advised the cabinet to consult with the leaders of the Jewish communities abroad with decisions that affect the entire Jewish People and to create a strategic body within the Prime Minister's office that will deal with this issue. Ross also presented current demographic trends, including the number of Jews currently in Israel which stands at 5,309,000 which are about 40 percent of the world Jewish population.

Ross recommended establishing an international Jewish leadership academy for the benefit of the all Jewish communities abroad. Another suggestion made by Ross was the establishment of an international Jewish Internet portal that will assist in strengthening the connections between Jews and Jewish communities around the world with the assistance of Israeli and Jewish high-tech founders and companies.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in response to the presentation of the report that it is very difficult to stop Jews from losing their Jewish identity through the process of assimilation and suggested to invest more efforts in educating Jewish youths about their heritage and their Jewish identity.

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