Reform Movement Deeply Concerned by Congressional Letter from Christian Denominational Leaders
This past Friday Christian denominational leaders sent a letter to members of Congress calling for an investigation of U.S. foreign aid to Israel. Rabbis Rick Jacobs, David Saperstein, and Jonathan Stein issued a statement expressing their deep concern over the letter.
They said: “The letter mischaracterizes the situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories, wrongly holds only Israel accountable for problems in the region, and does not advance the regional and security interests of the U.S. Rather than foster the cause of peace that we all share, this letter has the potential to sow division.”
While the letter holds both Israelis and Palestinians responsible, it only calls for U.S. action against Israel. U.S. foreign aid to and support for Israel are important for the stability of the region, and are in the best interests of the U.S. Assistance to Israel is an important anchor for the peace process, helping to provide Israel with the confidence and assurance needed to move forward in peace negotiations. Furthermore, 75% of the U.S. aid provided to Israel is spent back in the U.S. developing new projects and technologies that are beneficial to Israel.
The rabbis raised concerns over this letter’s potential to sow division among the faith community: “We must never be afraid to speak frankly when we have disagreements, but we must also remember the need to stand united as a faith community and beyond in support of peace, rather than divided over who is to blame.”
Click here to read the rest of the statement.
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