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Landmark Speech Sets Course toward Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Saperstein: “We call upon Congressional leaders and those worldwide to join together to ensure the fulfillment of these long-overdue initiatives”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 6, 2009 – On Sunday, April 5th, President Barack Obama delivered a speech in Prague, Czech Republic, on the subject of nuclear non-proliferation. Applauding the President’s bold commitments, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism issued the following statement:

Since its earliest days, the Jewish tradition has warned of the dangers of militarism and warfare. From the prophets' dreams of the time when nations would beat their swords into plowshares to today’s aspirations of a nuclear-weapons-free world, we have sought to avoid armed conflict and not yield to despair in the search for universal peace.

We welcome the President’s commitment to reducing the threat of nuclear weapons. By reducing the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, negotiating a new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia, ratifying the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and negotiating a treaty to verifiably end the production of fissile materials, as advocated by President Obama, we can reduce the nuclear danger that every global citizen faces today.

The nuclear threats from Iran, North Korea, and terrorists can only be overcome through international cooperation. We call upon Congressional leaders and those worldwide to join together to ensure the fulfillment of these long-overdue initiatives and the achievement of a safer future without nuclear weapons.

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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.



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