In response to the barrage of rocket
fire from the Gaza Strip into Be'er Sheva, Tel Aviv and Ashdod in
recent days, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President-elect of the Union for Reform
Judaism, issued the following statement:
"We unequivocally condemn the
launching of rockets into Israel by terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip.
We are deeply saddened by the physical and emotional injuries sustained
by those who have been terrorized and wounded by the attacks. We pray
for strength for all those affected and their families. Beyond the
tragic human toll taken by the attacks, this violation on a sovereign
country's borders and the continued rejection of Israel's right to exist
by its neighbor is outrageous.
"We call on all who oppose violence,
no matter where they live, to join in our condemnation of these attacks
and make it clear that rockets from Gaza are not the path to peace."