URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs: "Green Light to Settlement Growth is a Red Light for Israel's Future"

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New York, NY; January 24, 2017 – Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), issued the following statement in response to the Israeli government's announcement of increased settlement building:

“We are extremely concerned by the announcements of recent days from the Israeli government about building expansively in East Jerusalem and adding 2,500 units to the settlement bloc and area surrounding Ma’ale Adumim. While forces inside the Israeli government see this as a ‘green light’ for settlement growth, we fear that this type of activity is a red light for the future of Israel as a Jewish democratic state. As we have stated clearly and consistently, this short-sighted policy shift on Israel’s part – and on the part of the new US Administration, breaking with longstanding bipartisan White House policy, if indeed, the Trump Administration is condoning this – is harmful to Israel’s future and to Israel’s security.”


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