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Prime Minister Netanyahu's Comment on Jerusalem Heartening for Peace Process


"Particularly in the wake of his productive meeting with President Obama, it is encouraging to hear the Prime Minister's clear commitment to engagement in negotiations leading to a two-state solution."

Contact: Sean Thibault or Samuel Lehman
202.387.2800 | news@rac.org

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 8, 2010 -- In response to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's remarks last night at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations concerning the future of Jerusalem, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

The Reform Movement has long been committed to achieving a stable and lasting peace between Israel and her neighbors. The issues that must be resolved in order to achieve that peace - including borders, refugees, settlements, and Jerusalem - are significant, but not, we pray, insurmountable.

We are heartened by Prime Minister Netanyahu's comment yesterday expressing his desire to achieve peace and an implicit recognition that concessions will be necessary - including in relationship to Jerusalem. "Everybody knows that there are Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem that under any peace plan will remain where they are," Netanyahu said in response to a question, implying that control of other neighborhoods may be negotiable.

Particularly in the wake of his productive meeting with President Obama, it is encouraging to hear the Prime Minister's clear commitment to engagement in negotiations leading to a two-state solution. As these negotiations unfold, we continue to support efforts that will ensure future generations of Israelis and Palestinians will know peace and security.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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