Reform Jewish Movement Welcomes Reopening of Israel-Syria Peace Negotiations
Contact: Jeff Mandell, (202) 387-2800
NEW YORK, December 8, 1999 — In response to President Clinton's announcement this afternoon that Israel and Syria have agreed to re-open dialogue in an attempt to make a lasting peace, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), issued the following statement:
We welcome President Clinton's announcement today that Israel and Syria will resume their important peace negotiations. We emphatically commend the work of Secretary of State Madeline Albright in playing an important role in restarting the suspended peace negotiations between Israel and Syria.
After three years of suspended talks, the negotiations that will resume next week in Washington, and after that in the Middle East, signal a new chapter in the peace process. We hope and pray that these talks will lead to new negotiations between Israel and Lebanon, signaling the possibility of Israel reaching peace agreements with all of her neighbors.
During the holiday season of Hanukkah, Ramadan, and Advent, our various faith communities celebrate the festivities of our respective traditions. Just as these observances symbolize a "season of hope," the negotiations represent light in the midst of darkness and a new season of hope for the peace process.
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 1,800 Reform rabbis in 875 congregations throughout North America.