Reform Jewish Leader Decries Continued Senate Stalemate on Timetable for Iraq
Saperstein: It is deeply alarming that more than five years after the war began we are still stuck in Iraq without a timetable for withdrawal and with no clear exit strategy.
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Washington, D.C. September 21, 2007- In response to the defeat of the Feingold Amendment and Levin-Reed Amendment for a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism issued the following statement:
We are saddened and disappointed by this week’s votes in the Senate regarding the amendment for a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq to the Defense Authorization bill. It is deeply alarming that more than five years after the war began we are still stuck in Iraq without a timetable for withdrawal and with no clear exit strategy.
While the Reform Movement has not taken a position on the specific date for a pull out, our 2007 Resolution on Iraq firmly calls for the establishment of timetable for troop withdrawal. We therefore remain firmly committed to the establishment of dates for this withdrawal of our troops and providing those on active duty and veterans with generous benefits, including taking immediate steps to ensure quality healthcare, particularly for those who have been wounded and their families. Both our commitment to a phased withdrawal and our support for our service women and men (and their families) who have answered duty’s call, is rooted in the ongoing and escalating loss of life among the U.S. coalition forces and the Iraqi people, as well as growing instability within Iraqi society, the growing financial burden caused by the cost of the war, and the damage being done to the strategic and security needs of America and its allies. Inaction can no longer be an option in the United States Senate regarding the War in Iraq.
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 1800 Reform rabbis