Author Daniel Sokatch

Daniel Sokatch

Daniel Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer at the New Israel Fund. Read more about Daniel Sokatch...

In just a couple of weeks the NIF Board will convene in Tel Aviv for our winter board meeting. As usual, there’s a lot on our plate.

Israel was always meant to be both a Jewish homeland and a democracy. Its founders were driven by their experience as stateless Jews to guarantee equal rights.

Although anti-Zionists claim that Israel will always be an ethnocentric society that cannot help but exclude and discriminate, we at NIF reject that. For all of its complexities, there’s nothing about the makeup of Israel that leads inexorably to racism.

So often, in our work, we hold the beauty and the pain at the same time. But that's the essence of working to strengthen and defend democracy during difficult times.

5774 is still very young, but when it comes to the integrity and independence of Israel's judicial system, the year is off to a pretty good start.