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Reform Leader Responds to Israeli Peace Overture Rabbi Yoffie Calls on International Community to Provide Support to Achieve Peace
Washington, DC November 27, 2006 In response to todays speech by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announcing Israels dramatic steps to move forward the peace process, Rabbi Eric H.Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We welcome todays speech by Prime Minister Olmert expressing, in powerful and inspiring words, Israels continued willingness to take steps toward a real and lasting peace with the Palestinian people. We are hopeful that the Prime Ministers offer will be greeted with similar sentiments among the Palestinian leadership and people. Future generations deserve no less than an opportunity to live fruitful lives in tranquility, safety and security.
Israels overture will be successful only if it results in coexistence rooted in mutual respect, which cannot be achieved without the safe return of captured soldier Gilad Shalit. We pray as well for the safe return of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, also captured this summer from Israels northern border.
As Israel offers an outstretched hand to the Palestinian people, we call on the United States and all members of the international community to provide any necessary support and play a constructive role in the achievement of peace. The path forward will undoubtedly be challenging, but we bear in mind the well being of our children and our childrens children, and we pray and work for peace.
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, D.C.