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July 25, 2014: Thwarted Massive Hamas Terror Attack Changes Equation

Thwarted Massive Hamas Terror Attack Changes Equation

New York, NY – The Jewish Council for Public Affairs expressed grave alarm at reports that Hamas had planned a massive attack via tunnels burrowed deep into Israeli territory, and expressed support for Israeli efforts to destroy the network of tunnels.

"The news that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed to his cabinet yesterday that Hamas planned to use dozens of tunnels to launch a massive surprise attack on Israeli civilians is a game changer," said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. "While we appreciate the continued efforts of the U.S. administration to broker a cease fire, we also recognize the need of the Israeli government to protect Israeli citizens from attacks via these tunnels.”

"Had Hamas been able to complete its plan and kill large numbers of innocent civilians using these terror tunnels, possibly kidnapping others - it would have had a devastating impact on any future prospect for peace," added JCPA Chair Susan Turnbull. "The vision of two states living in peace demands a demilitarized Gaza, a dismantling of the terrorist infrastructure and the destruction of these tunnels. We are encouraged by the announced short 12-hour cease fire for humanitarian relief and hope that the cease fire proposed by Secretary Kerry can be revised to better ... 

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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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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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