New York, NY, June 6, 2013 - In response to Secretary of State
John Kerrys remarks Monday at the American Jewish Committee Global Forum,
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the
Secretary Kerrys rousing address at the AJC Global Forum
was a welcome reaffirmation of the Obama Administrations commitment to
Israels security and to a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians,
as well as a reminder that the American Jewish community has a vital role to
play in achieving both goals.
For too long, the peace process has been a victim of
confidence-sapping statements and actions. Yet as Secretary Kerry said so
eloquently, the best way to truly ensure Israels security today and for
future generations is by ending once and for all the conflict with the
Palestinians, by summoning the courage to achieve peace, and by reaching a
negotiated resolution that results in two states for two peoples, each able to
fulfill their legitimate national aspirations in a homeland of their own.
Our Reform Movement has long held that a negotiated two
state solution is crucial to Israel's security and well-being, to its character
as a Jewish and democratic state, as well as to the hopes for a viable
Palestinian state. The circumstances for peace will never be ideal, but the
alternative future generations doomed to live with permanent hostility is
We are confident that with the support of the
Administrations entire foreign policy team, including newly-named National
Security Advisor Susan Rice, who has staunchly supported U.S. interests and
Israels well being, lasting peace can indeed be a reality. Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas
must commit to its realization and return to the negotiating table and work in
earnest with Secretary Kerry to advance peace.
The Reform Movement is committed to heeding Secretary
Kerrys call to be a voice for peace, as we have long been, prioritizing the
well being of our children and grandchildrens future, in which both peoples
can flourish through mutual recognition, respect and security.