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July 23, 2014: JCPA Welcomes Administration Official Anthony Blinken’s Call for a Demilitarized Gaza

JCPA Welcomes Administration Official Anthony Blinken’s Call for a Demilitarized Gaza

New York, NY - The Jewish Council for Public Affairs welcomed the Obama administration’s call, made by Deputy National Security Advisor Anthony Blinken, that Gaza should be demilitarized as part of a future cease fire agreement to end the current conflict with Israel. The remarks came during an interview with NPR where Blinken said “There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians.”

“The latest conflict between Hamas and Israel should be proof to the world that Hamas places a higher priority on killing and terrorizing Israelis than it does on improving the lives of Gazans,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “A demilitarized Gaza could emerge from this crisis as a focus of economic development and a beacon of hope, rather than a place of despair and violence. Gaza could at long last be the springboard for a Palestinian state and not a demonstration of the worst fears about it.”

“To truly guarantee the security of Israel and establish the grounds for a lasting peace, demilitarization must include a credible monitoring mechanism,” said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull. “We know that Hamas has redirected humanitarian supplies, such as cement, toward ... 

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10:24 AM Jul 24, 2014 - 0 comments permalink


July 21, 2014: Sanctions and Pressure Remain Essential to Ending Iranian Nuclear Program

Sanctions and Pressure Remain Essential to Ending Iranian Nuclear Program

New York, NY - The U.S. led sanctions and international pressure which have been effective in bringing Iran to the negotiating table must be sustained and enforced in order for the recently announced four month extension to succeed in ending the Iranian nuclear threat, said the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

“Diplomacy is the best option for peacefully ending the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. We have been encouraged by the seriousness of the P5+1 partners,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “The success of the talks, though is dependent on strong sanctions that are fully enforced. This extension should not become an excuse by Iran to gain relief without appreciably making progress towards the verifiable nuclear weapon-free solution the world demands.”

“From the outset, we have demanded action to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon - and we have also called for patience to allow sanctions and diplomacy to work. Since the diplomatic process is proceeding, we support the extension. The timeline cannot be indefinite, though” said JCPA Chair Susan W. Turnbull. “Iran must negotiate as a serious partner and not use this extension to continue their work towards a nuclear weapon that can be used to threaten their neighbors, the U.S., or ... 

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04:55 PM Jul 21, 2014 - 0 comments permalink


July 18, 2014: Hamas Threats to Israelis Necessitates On the Ground Response

Hamas Threats to Israelis Necessitates On the Ground Response

New York, NY – Following ten days of continuous Hamas attacks aimed at Israeli civilians, the Government of Israel announced the launch of ground operations aimed at Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure.  Among the targets of the new phase of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge are tunnels used to smuggle weapons and Hamas terrorists, including 13 who illegally entered Israel yesterday through a tunnel with the intent of harming innocent Israeli civilians.  The Jewish Council for Public Affairs stands with Israel during this difficult time.

“Israelis are placed in the almost impossible position of defending their citizens against Hamas, a terrorist group that calls for the eradication of Israel and the death of Jews – and that has fired more than 1,500 rockets at Israel in the past 10 days. Israel wants and expects the same thing from Hamas that any country should be able to expect from their neighbors – peace.  Israel accepted a cease fire offered by Egypt, but Hamas rejected it.  The nightmare that Israelis face took a turn for the worse when Hamas sent 13 terrorist commandos to carry out a massacre on innocent Israeli lives after they infiltrated the border through a tunnel that originated in Gaza. Fortunately, the IDF foiled their plans, but this event ... 

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02:30 PM Jul 18, 2014 - 0 comments permalink


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