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New York, NY; May 14, 2018 - Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the statement below about the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem:
We celebrate with Israel and the U.S. to mark this historic occasion as the U.S. Embassy opens in Jerusalem. Having the American Embassy in Jerusalem underscores the special relationship between Israel and the United States.
We hope that the new Embassy being dedicated today will become an additional manifestation of the U.S. commitment to Israel’s safety and security. We hope, as well, that the American Administration will do everything within its power to bring Israelis and Palestinians back together to the negotiating table so that this Embassy will indeed represent a new step to bring peace in the sacred home that is Jerusalem.
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