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All of these funding decisions for divisive groups were taken under an NIF leadership that has recently changed, particularly with the appointment of a new president, Brian Lurie. It is possible that under Lurie, NIF’s long overdue “cheshbon nefesh” will now begin, perhaps leading to changes in funding policies promoting demonization and polarization.

Before preaching to others about Jewish morality and ethics, the New Israel Fund needs to return to and apply these values to its own activities.


Gerald M. Steinberg heads NGO Monitor and is a professor of political science at Bar Ilan University.


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Gerald M. Steinberg is a professor of political studies at Bar-Ilan University, founder of the graduate program on Conflict Management and Negotiation, and president of NGO Monitor.


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