Reform Leader Condemns Hezbollah Attacks and Kidnapping of Soldiers
Calls on Syria & Iran to Cease Support of Hezbollah
July 12, 2006 In the wake of Hezbollahs attacks on Israels northern border and the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, the Union for Reform Judaism expressed its support for Israel and commended the Bush administration for its statements.
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
The Union for Reform Judaism views with deep concern the unprovoked attacks by Hezbollah on Israel's northern border, and the kidnapping by this militant terrorist group of two Israeli soldiers.We commend the Bush administration for its immediate condemnation of these attacks, and we urge the international community to condemn them as well, strongly and unequivocally.We also call upon all civilized nations to demand the immediate and unconditional return of the kidnapped soldiers and the immediate cessation of Syrian and Iranian support for Hezbollah operations.
Under fire from both the north and the south, the State of Israel has no choice but to respond to attacks on her soldiers and her civilian centers. Rocket and artillery attacks against Israeli cities cannot be permitted to continue.We deplore the policy of Hamas and Hezbollah to use civilians as shields for their terrorist actions.At the same time, as always, we urge Israel to carry out her military activities with maximum sensitivity to humanitarian concerns and to the welfare of civilians, and to do everything possible to assure that basic civilian needs, including electricity and water, in Gaza and elsewhere are met.
Our thoughts are with the friends and families of the captured soldiers as we pray for their safe and speedy return.We also send our deepest sympathies to our Israeli brothers and sisters who lost loved ones in today's bloodshed.We stand with Israel, in solidarity and support, at this difficult time.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC.