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Reform Movement Hails US Leadership at United Nations

Saperstein: “The United States’ leadership on this non-proliferation vote was critical and recognizes that no matter our economic, social or ecological advances, the world remains at grave risk if we continue to allow the proliferation of nuclear weapons.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 24, 2009 – In response to President Obama’s address to the United Nations and this morning’s adoption of a Security Council resolution on nuclear nonproliferation, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

We welcome President Obama’s foreign policy priorities as outlined in his speech yesterday to the United Nations and his leadership that led to today’s Security Council passage of a resolution on nuclear non proliferation. The four “pillars” outlined by the President (non-proliferation and disarmament; the promotion of peace and security; the preservation of our planet; and a global economy that advances opportunity for all people) parallel long-standing resolutions and priorities of the Reform Jewish Movement. These pillars are indispensable toward establishing a solid foundation for a peaceful, prosperous future for Americans and citizens of all nations around the globe.

We also appreciate President Obama’s clear statement of understanding that actions must accompany verbal commitments. His leadership in bringing together Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas in New York this week for bilateral and trilateral discussions evidences this principle, as well as his determination to move the peace process forward and achieve a future of two states living side by side in peace and security. The President’s pledge to cut emissions contributing to climate change also deserves support from Congress in the form of concrete action taken in advance of this December’s Copenhagen global climate conference. His challenge to all the nations of the world to play their part in addressing these urgent issues was a powerful and timely reminder of our common humanity.

Finally, we hail this morning’s unanimous vote in the UN Security Council designed to deter withdrawal from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and stem the development of nuclear weapons. The United States’ leadership on this non-proliferation vote was critical and recognizes that no matter our economic, social or ecological advances, the world remains at grave risk if we continue to allow the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Stemming nuclear proliferation is vital to America’s security and to Israel’s security. The Security Council resolution puts the world’s leading nations on record as committed to curbing the nuclear threat and we look forward to additional, concrete steps that will bring about a nuclear-weapons free future.

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