Amid growing outcry, KKL-JNF delays controversial vote on buying West Bank land

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

KKL-JNF chairman Avi Duvdevani (Amos Lozon/KKL-JNF)
KKL-JNF chairman Avi Duvdevani (Amos Lozon/KKL-JNF)

Amid growing pushback from members and supporters abroad, the chairman of the Jewish National Fund decides to delay a controversial vote scheduled today on allowing the agency to purchase land in the West Bank.

The decision followed a letter to KKL-JNF chairman Avi Duvdevani by seven board members representing centrist and left-wing organizations demanding that the push to change the agency’s policy be suspended.

“We have no intention of acting forcefully. This is not our way. We want to make an orderly and relaxed decision on this issue. I hope this step [of delaying the vote] will contribute to promoting a good and matter-of-fact discussion,” Duvdevani writes in a message to the board members notifying them of the decision.

The KKL-JNF chairman did not provide a new date when the vote would be held.

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