JCPA Praises President Obama’s Commitment to Freedom, Peace, and Security for all in Middle East
Stressing the need to resume Israeli-Palestinian talks, President Obama today offered context and narrative to the “Arab Spring” currently remaking the Middle East. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs applauded his endorsement of democratic and peaceful transitions, and welcomed his reaffirmation of longstanding commitments in the region, including United States support for a secure State of Israel.
“The JCPA joins in the President's vision of two states for two peoples. We hope that the Palestinian leadership, one committed to peace with Israel and nonviolence, will soon agree to join with Israel in direct negotiations. The President’s strong expressions of support for Israeli security; repudiation of efforts to delegitimize Israel; recognition that Hamas currently is not an acceptable peace partner; and his rejection of unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood, are welcomed,” said JCPA Chair Dr. Conrad Giles.
“As each day brings new uncertainties in the region, President Obama today was clear – our efforts in the Middle East and North Africa should be directed toward achieving more freedom, more democracy, and more opportunity,” said JCPA President Rabbi Steve Gutow. “We share in the President’s vision and applaud his responsiveness to the clear hunger of the peoples of the region for both political self-determination and economic development. We will continue to support a robust foreign aid budget that advances these fundamental U.S. interests."