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Reform Movement Encouraged Peace Talks to Resume; Commends Secretary Kerry's Personal Involvement

Rabbi Jacobs issues statement in response to announcement that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have the basis to resume peace talks.

New York, NY, July 19, 2013 - In response to Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement today that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have the basis to resume peace talks, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

"We welcome this apparent progress toward peace, commend Secretary of State Kerry for his leadership and effort and pledge our support for such efforts as they move forward. We pray that this is the beginning of a process that will lead to a lasting agreement that will bring true peace and stability for a region that has known conflict for thousands of years. We call on both the Israelis and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with a true willingness to work for peace and we pray that the vision of the prophets will soon be fulfilled."


Joseph A. Kaplan

August 16, 2013
09:49 AM

This weeks Florida Jewish Journal is replete with opinion pieces on the peace negotiations sponsored by United States Secretary of State John Kerry. As passionate supporters of Israel, I thought I'd weigh in on the matter with a letter to the editor regarding the matter, which I printed below.

Regarding the article "could Kerry be the one?" by Leonard Fein in this week's Florida Jewish Journal page 14, unfortunately for United States Senator John Kerry, and his counterparts for Israel and the Palestinanians, the land that they seek to negotiate was not given to Israel with the United Nations Partition Plan of 1948, or the six day war of 1967, It was promised to Abraham the father of the Jewish People in the second millennium BCE. The Bible states: And the Lord appeared unto Abraham and said “unto thy seed will I give this land”, and he builded there an alter unto the Lord, who appeared unto him (Genesis XII 7).

Thus, I would assert that any government of Israel that seeks to negotiate a plan that steers land away from future Jewish settlement is headed for collapse. The only plan that Israel should seek to further is the one ordained in Parches Reeh: “For ye are to pass over the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your G-d giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein” (Deuteronomy XI 3).


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