Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, offered his warm congratulations to Ehud Barak on his election as the next Prime Minister of the State of Israel.
Rabbi Yoffie said:
"The new Prime Minister has made clear the importance of moving forward with the Middle East peace process. He has also been a strong supporter of religious pluralism, religious freedom, and religious understanding among all elements of the Jewish people, both in Israel and in the Diaspora. The Reform movement has long supported these goals, and we look forward to cooperating with the new government in their realization. In the upcoming negotiations to form a new government, we are confident that Mr. Barak will not retreat from his commitment to ensuring religious freedom for all Israelis. We look forward to warm and cooperative relations between Mr. Barak's his government and the North American Jewish community."