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."