Canadian philanthropist Charles Bronfman is one of 15 signatories to an open letter to Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, which sounds the alarm over the new government’s push to reform the judiciary.
Bronfman, who created the Birthright program that sends young Jews to visit Israel, says he didn’t write the letter himself. But his name tops the list of uber-wealthy North American Jews, which includes Daniel Lubetzky, the founder of the KIND energy bar company; Lester Crown, who owns the Chicago Bulls and Maytag; and Marcia Riklis, heir to the late Faberge and Carnival Cruise fortune of her late father, corporate raider Meshulam Riklis.
Bronfman has never been a Netanyahu supporter, and feels the Israeli leader wouldn’t talk to him on the phone anyway about his concerns that “the Zionist enterprise is in danger”. Bronfman joins The CJN Daily from his Florida home to talk about the threats he believes are affecting Israel’s founding democratic principles.
What we talked about:.
- Read more about Charles Bronfman’s public disputes with Benjamin Netanyahu’s government in The CJN.
- Charles Bronfman at 90: On Birthright, saving the Jewish State, antisemitism and the Montreal Expos, on The CJN Daily
- Charles Bronfman memoir is released, in The CJN.
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