Current and Emerging Legal and Political Issues in Israel

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
Stephen Greenwald

Stanley Fink

Alyssa Grzesh

Harold Halpern

In late June 2019, several AAJLJ Board members traveled to Israel for meetings with legal experts, judges, past and present government officials, and policy think tanks, to learn more about current issues and controversies in the legal sphere; issues that have generated disagreements and dissension within the American Jewish community and between some American Jews and Israel. The issues our group focused on included the new Nation-State Law; challenges to the authority and jurisdiction of the Israeli High Court and the system for choosing High Court Justices; conflicts between religious law and civil law, and the legal status of the contested territories. 
Individuals our group met with included former Justices of the Israeli Supreme Court Aharon Barak, Salim Joubran, Itzhak Zamir, and Elyakim Rubinstein; various legal scholars and professors; journalists; diplomats; policy experts at the Israel Democracy Institute; Avinoam Bar-Yosef, President/Founding Director of the Jewish People Policy Institute and JPPI Co-Chair Stuart Eizenstat. 
Steve, Stan, and Harold continue to stay actively engaged with these subjects and will provide an update based on the events of the past year.
Harold Halpern writes for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. His columns can be found on our homepage at, and at