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New York, NY; November 18, 2019 - Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs issued this statement:
"The URJ is greatly concerned about today’s statement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo which, while focusing on international law, will be widely read as a broader change to the U.S. position on Israeli settlements - a policy which has been long held by both Republican and Democratic U.S. administrations.
Any unilateral move to this effect would place serious and critical obstacles to a viable two-state solution, damaging the prospect of renewing the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and causing a long-term threat to Israel’s status as a Jewish and democratic state. We urge the Trump Administration to reverse its position.”
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