Statement Of Rabbi David Saperstein Director, Religious Center Of Reform Judaism On The Resignation Of Secretary Of State Warren Christopher
November 7, 1996- Warren Christopher's tenure as Secretary of State will be remembered as an era of steady American leadership in global affairs, marked by significant progress on some of the most complex and long-lasting conflicts around the globe. The Jewish community, in particular, will remember his vital rolein facilitating the advancement of peace between Israel and her neighbors-- a role that was sometimes thankless, frequently difficult, and unquestionably essential.
Secretary Christopher has earned the abiding appreciation of the AmericanJewish community for his extraordinary contributions to the significantprogress made in the Middle East Peace Process. It is surely nocoincidence that historic agreements between Israel and the Palestinians,and between Israel and Jordan, took place on his watch
The challenges which will face the new Secretary of State are even moredaunting that those which Secretary Christopher faced at the start of histerm. The new Secretary will have to focus attention not only abroad butat home as well, working with members of Congress to provide the resourcesnecessary for the United States to live up to its obligations as theleader of the free world.
The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews and 1,700 Reform rabbis in 850 congregations throughout North America.