Statement of URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs On Proposed U.N. Resolution On Israeli Settlements

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New York, NY; December 22, 2016 – 

The Union for Reform Judaism, representing the largest segment of American Jewry, has a long-standing policy of opposition to the Israeli settlements in the West Bank. At the same time, we stand firmly against any U.N. resolution that would dictate the way forward on this complicated issue. The United Nations has a long and troubling record of hostility to Israel, and it has proved itself incapable of playing a constructive role.


Every day of the occupation—which is now tragically almost 50 years long—causes pain and hardship to too many Palestinians. Only two states for two peoples living side by side in peace will allow this tragic conflict to end.


We remain deeply concerned by the statements being made by the President-Elect’s advisors regarding the new U.S. administration’s policies favoring settlement expansion that would undermine the possibility of a two-state solution. We are especially concerned that the continuation of settlement without a two-state horizon is cutting off all options toward maintaining a Jewish democratic state. We will continue to stand against such destructive settlement policies now and in the future.


What the Middle East needs are governmental policies that lead to Israeli and Palestinian negotiations toward a secure and lasting peace. 



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