Jacobs’ Statement: Israel’s Security is Paramount



In response to Israel’s military efforts to stop the barrage of rockets fired from Gaza, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, issued the following statement today:

“We have long made clear our distress at the barrage of rocket fire from Gaza targeting Israelis, and just a few weeks ago called on the international community to pressure Hamas to bring an end to the attacks. Instead, the rocket fire from Gaza has increased, necessitating Israeli military action. We are, as ever, greatly saddened by the loss of innocent lives – Israeli or Palestinian – and hope that the military operation can be completed with speed and in a way that minimizes the loss of life. We in the Reform Movement continue to pray and advocate for the safety of Israelis who have for too long been the targets of violent and unremitting rocket attacks.”

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Kate Bigam

About Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and currently resides in Red Bank, N.J.

One Response to “Jacobs’ Statement: Israel’s Security is Paramount”

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    When IL withdrew in 2005 leaving behind modern infrastructures that could have catapulted Gaza into a newer version of Hong Kong there was hope for a better tomorrow. But it takes two to tango. This conflict has neither military solution nor a diplomatic one — how do you convince the people of Gaza that Sderot has the right to live in peace just like Jibalya? Looks like the Gazans chose their way, as tragic as it is — to deny their own self-interest as long as they deny Israel’s right to exist.

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