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September 2, 2014 | 7th Elul 5774

ISRAEL

57TH General Assembly
November 1983
Houston, Texas

ISRAEL

As Reform Jews, we are committed to the vision of the prophets and the rabbis and from their teachings seek an understanding of the proper interaction of power and morality. We reaffirm our continuing obligation to become involved in issues affecting Israel's survival and to speak out with love and concern. The pursuit of peace is a religious commandment; it is an inherent part of our commitment to K'lal Yisrael and our solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the State of Israel. We have learned from our teachers that differences of opinion in matters of the greatest substance, in issues touching upon the meaningful survival of our people, are the source of our strength.

We are aware that any disagreements that may be publicly expressed regarding Israel's policies might be used out of context by Israel's enemies and weaken the resolve of its friends to continue its support. Nevertheless, Israel's cause is best served when its advocates offer it informed, critical, and constructive counsel. Toward that end, we urge that means be found through existing or new structures to facilitate mutual consultation between Israel and Diaspora Jews.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Union of American Hebrew Congregations:

  1. Remains fully committed to the defense and security of the State of Israel and its people;

  2. Encourages all Jews (whatever their views) to strengthen Israel by participating generously in the campaigns that provide Israel with essential material resources, by visiting Israel and by encouraging aliyah.

  3. Continues to reject the allegations that current Israeli policy is the primary obstacle to peace. The main roadblock has been the actions of the PLO and the refusal of Arab governments, other than Egypt and Lebanon, to negotiate directly with Israel.

  4. Stands firm in resisting all attempts to impose a solution without Israel's participation and consent, including the use of threats to reduce United States aid to Israel.

  5. Reaffirms its position that the Camp David process, faithfully applied by all parties, offers the best available framework for the achievement of peace.

  6. Recognizes that while Israel itself must be the judge of its own security needs, these decisions also have a fundamental impact on the moral character of Jewish life and on the democratic nature of the Jewish State. We believe that the legitimate demands of security for Israel can-and must-be reconciled with the dignity, human rights, and political rights of Palestinian Arabs. We, therefore, support the concept of territorial compromise and a temporary cessation of further settlement activities on the West Bank, with the goal of encouraging Jordanian and Palestinian participation in the peace process. These compromises should not, however, include the creation of an independent Palestinian state west of the Jordan River nor a return to the 1967 borders.

  7. Jerusalem must always remain united as Israel's capital.

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