On December 29th, 2022, a new Government of Israel was formed. This new government is the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history. Since then, the inclusion of formerly shunned elements of Israeli politics into the coalition and the pursuit of an aggressive policy agenda has kept Israel in the headlines.

As Canadian governments and institutions look to respond to developments in Israel, they are turning to our local Jewish community for guidance. The leadership of traditional, legacy institutions within the community are advocating for a hands-off approach to Israeli democracy and declining to criticize the policies of this new Israeli government. This approach does not reflect the views of the members of the Canadian Jewish community as revealed by this survey.