“As those entrusted with the research and education of the future generations of the State of Israel, we warn you that the proposed reform of the legal system could result in fatal damage to the Israeli academy,” said a statement issued by the presidents of all universities in Israel
The committee of heads of universities issued an unusual announcement yesterday. The committee usually deals with economic matters and labor disputes. This time, the heads of the universities are turning to the government to consider the measures that could harm democracy, not only because of polarization and division, but also from the practical aspect – a possible disconnection of the universities from the rest of the world, a brain drain and withdrawal of investments from Israel.
“We, the presidents and rectors of the research universities in Israel, express deep concern about the division and polarization in Israeli society and processes that could lead to a real harm to the national strength and stability of the State of Israel.”
“We call on the government and the Knesset to preserve the basic values of the Declaration of Independence, and in particular to preserve the rights of minorities, and the dignity of any person.”
As those who are entrusted with the research and education of the future generations of the State of Israel, we warn that the proposed reform of the legal system could result in fatal damage to the Israeli academy. This may manifest itself in brain drain and in the fact that faculty members will hesitate to join our ranks; that international students, research students, post-doctoral students and fellows will not come to Israel; that our access to international research funds will be limited; that foreign industries will withdraw their hands from cooperation with the Israeli academy; And Schnoder from the international research and education community. All of these are expected to have a far-reaching and long-term effect on the security, prosperity and social resilience of the State of Israel.”
“We call on the government and the Knesset to avoid rapid constitutional change without a sincere and meaningful parliamentary and public discourse on the controversial issues and their impact on security, the economy and society in Israel. We warn against an uncontrolled procedure and call for the implementation of changes, if it is decided to make them, gradually and in stages to ensure mature results that they will benefit the State of Israel and its citizens.”