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The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the voice of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey on issues of public policy, social advocacy and community outreach. JCRC fosters constructive relationships within the Jewish community and among people of all faiths and cultures regarding Jewish- and Israel- oriented issues.

 

JCRC of Southern New Jersey is one of 125 Jewish Community Relations Councils in the country. Together, these JCRCs form the grassroots of the national umbrella organization, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey Statement Regarding the Abstention by the United States on UN Security Council Resolution 2334


The Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey does not endorse United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 and is deeply disturbed by the United States vote of abstention rather than a veto.  

 

The Resolution declares that all settlements established by Israel in the purported “Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem,” are not legally valid and are a “flagrant violation of international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of the two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”  The reference to East Jerusalem encompasses the entirety of the Old City – including the Jewish Quarter and the Western Wall of the ancient Jewish Temple.

 

Although publicized as a balanced statement to encourage direct negotiations, the bulk of the Resolution is aimed at Israel and “demands” that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activity” but merely “calls for” immediate steps to prevent violence against civilians, including acts of terror.  Palestinian leadership is not identified as a proponent of terrorism against Israel. Nor are Palestinians directed to exhibit any action demonstrating a commitment to a peaceful coexistence with or even recognition of Israel.

 

This Resolution signals a dramatic change in U.S. foreign policy.   For the past 35 years, every U.S. administration, including the current administration, has up until now embraced the policy of opposing one-sided, anti-Israel statements that purport to impose the terms of final status issues and vetoing UN Security Council resolutions that would undermine bilateral talks.

 

When the U.S. vetoed a similar resolution just two years ago, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power then stated, “We voted against it because we know what everyone here knows as well, peace will come from hard choices and compromises that must be made at the negotiating table.” Furthermore, the Administration disregarded the advice of 88 Members of the U.S. Senate who, in September 2016 urged the President to reject such resolutions because “it will ultimately make it more difficult for Israelis and Palestinians to resolve their conflict.” We believe it is worth noting that incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the U.S. vote “frustrating, disappointing and confounding” and said it will move the Middle East farther from peace.

 

A lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be achieved through the rigors of direct negotiations between the parties. Enduring peace accords with Egypt and Jordan exemplify the potential of direct negotiations with sincere and capable parties.

 

This Jewish Community Relations Council continues to endorse and support direct negotiation to that end.

 

Therefore, we cannot defend, accept or endorse Resolution 2334.

 

 

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the voice of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey on issues of public policy, social advocacy and community outreach.  JCRC fosters constructive relationships within the Jewish community and among people of all faiths and cultures regarding Jewish- and Israel- oriented issues.