FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 29, 2013
Gabe Cahn, Rabinowitz/Dorf Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 265-3000, (202) 412-1678
Jewish Federations Praise Announcement of Resumed Final Status Negotiations
NEW YORK – The Jewish Federations welcomed the official announcement of resumed final status negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials. Jewish Federations of North America Board of Trustees Chair Michael Siegal expressed his appreciation for Secretary Kerry’s leadership, as well as for the two parties for their good-faith efforts to return to the negotiating table.
“The American Jewish community has long sought a peaceful resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, one which can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. We are pleased by the announcement that senior Israeli and Palestinian officials will return to the table for direct final status talks this week in Washington. The Jewish Federations are especially grateful for the relentless efforts of the United States leadership, and specifically Secretary of State John Kerry for continuing on his mission to create this historic opportunity, in the face of skepticism. Prime Minister Netanyahu will no doubt have to continue to make difficult – and often controversial – decisions and sacrifices in the coming weeks and months, but we have no doubt that as he does, he will remain committed – as we are – to the security of the Jewish state. We both praise and respect him for this, and encourage President Abbas to show the same level of leadership going forward.”