January 28, 2011, New York -- The Lebanese government this month proposed a resolution tothe UN Security Council condemning Israel and demanding that it "immediately and completely" cease all settlement activities "in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem." The proposed resolution also denounces "all other measures aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the territory, in violation of international humanitarian law and relevant resolutions."
The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and ARZA (Association of Reform Zionists of America) support the official statement by the United States that the UN Security Council is not the proper forum for discussions of the peace process and that the proposed resolution would not be a "productive step." The URJ and ARZA call upon the United States to stop this proposed resolution from being brought to the Security Council for a vote and, if this fails, to use veto power to prevent passage of this resolution.
"While the URJ has, on several occasions, voiced its opposition to the settlement policies of the government of Israel, the leadership of the URJ and ARZA believe that this or any UN resolution that presents a one-sided view of a very complex issue will not further the cause of peace," said ARZA President Rabbi Robert Orkand. "Only negotiations between the parties will produce a meaningful and lasting peace."