Our friends at ejewishphilanthropy have accurately reported on the balagan that has emerged from the Prime Minister's apparent unilateral decision breach the historic Covenant between the Jewish Agency for Israel and the State of Israel by transferring the aliyah function housed in JAFI from its formation to...well, yesterday. JAFI has issued a statement that essentially concluded that "nothing has changed" and did so without any apparent consultation with its partners. Then, without any apparent consultation with JAFI or the Government, JFNA sent a letter to the Prime Minister condemning the action without any real knowledge of what is going on. Read this sordid history at http://ejewishphilanthropy.com/the-jafi-aliyah-saga-contd/
Oh, did I mention that also involved here are the Jewish National Fund-Israel and the World Zionist Organization? Sure, it's not enough of a mess without them. The GOI announced that essentially JNF-Israel "bought" the aliyah function for IS 100,000,000; and the WZO, which essentially controls the extraordinary majority of votes in JAFI and owes a fiduciary duty to JAFI as such, has been absorbing Jewish Agency functions (or duplicating them) and performing Government functions (e.g., settlement building) for a profit for years. And, of course, if the whole thing is not bad enough, JNF-Israel, with more money than G-d, has denied it has paid or will pay anything as it gets involved in aliyah at the Prime Minister's behest.
Then there is the reality that a few years ago JAFI effectively "sold" North American aliyah to an organization called Nefesh b'Nefesh which promised it could do it better and cheaper. And since, you ask? The numbers have barely moved up while the cost per oleh has. Mess follows mess follows mess. But you knew that would be the case if JFNA's fingerprints were found anywhere on the body.
If this sounds to you like a mess, that's because it is one. Anyone who believes that there is an effective partnership among any party to this multi-cornered mess, raise your hand.
The Jewish Agency Board meetings in two weeks should be a blast. My chevra are betting that the whole thing will be avoided by a leadership that may actually believe that nothing that has happened affects JAFI -- and the sad footnote is that they may be right, so out of touch with JAFI's own legacy are they.
And our system lays in ruins.