Dov Lipman
Member of the 19th Knesset

Knesset Members Model Tolerance and Compromise

On two Knesset members who are bridging their differences in a rare model of tolerance and compromise

One of the greatest challenge of our times is to break down the barriers between the secular and religious populations in Israel. I joined the Yesh Atid party because of the call from the party’s founder and chairman, Finance Minister Yair Lapid, to create a political movement in which religious and secular Knesset members work together instead of working against one another.

As he explained to me in one of our first meetings, “This approach is not the easy approach. It will require difficult dialogue and even heated debate. It will demand compromise. In the end the State of Israel won’t look 100% the way I may want it to look and it won’t look 100% the way you may want it to look. But, at least, in the end, we will find a way to function together in our land instead of battling with one another.”

It has been nothing short of an honor to be part of this process as a member of Knesset in Yesh Atid, and one of the best examples of this has been the relationship between MK Dr. Aliza Lavie and MK Dr. Ruth Calderon. Both have been at the forefront of some of the most positive changes which Yesh Atid has helped forge during our first year in office. Both are very passionate about Judaism and both are incredibly knowledgeable. Aliza is religious. Ruth is secular. Their friendship and partnership models the Yesh Atid vision of tolerance, working together and compromise.

Please watch the video below to see a conversation between them (with English subtitles) which captures their special relationship and this critical message:

About the Author
Dov Lipman was elected to the 19th Knesset in January 2013. He is the author of nine books about Judaism and Israel, and holds rabbinic ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College and a masters in education from Johns Hopkins University. He has been at the forefront of combating religious extremism in Israel and is a leader in efforts to create Jewish unity both in Israel and around the world. Former MK Lipman is invited to speak on behalf of the Jewish state both in Israel and around the world and serves as a political commentator for i24 News and ILTV. He is the founder and CEO of Yad L'Olim, an NGO that assists and advocates for Olim from around the world.