URJ Stands with Israel and the Residents of the South

New York, NY; November 13, 2018 - The statement below is issued on behalf of the Union for Reform Judaism by Rabbi Josh Weinberg, URJ Vice President for Israel and Reform Zionism:

The Union for Reform Judaism strongly condemns the recent rocket attacks on Southern Israel and hopes that the vital cease-fire will be maintained. Over 400 rockets have fallen on Israel from Gaza over the last two days as Hamas has continued to invest in the infrastructure of warfare. We stand with Israel during this time and pray for the safety and security of her citizens.

We welcomed Prime Minister Netanyahu’s statement that he is not interested in an escalation of violence. The cabinet’s decision to allow the IDF to respond as deemed necessary is appropriate, and our hope is that Hamas will adhere to the cease-fire, a result of the efforts of Egypt and other negotiators.

We mourn the loss of life that has resulted from these recent attacks and hope that the cease-fire will transform into a longer era of quiet.


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