The American Jewish Congress applauds the US administration for courageously enacting its historic commitment to relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s rightful capital of Jerusalem. In the space of one week, America has twice reiterated its faith in Israel’s legitimacy, in words and deeds, and in doing so, it has set an important precedent for other states to follow. American Jewry is proud to have a government that is committed to standing with Israel and in defense of its rights like all sovereign nations.
The American Jewish Congress applauds President Trump’s announcement that the US will abandon the undesirable Iran nuclear deal. The status quo has clearly and demonstrably failed and Iran has so far refused to commit to renegotiating a bad deal that will allow it to pursue a nuclear program within 15 years. Iran has for too long showed itself to be a bad actor in this process, as demonstrated by the discovery of the secret cache of files by Israel last week. The previous administration hoped that by signing a deeply flawed agreement and waiving crippling economic sanctions, it could bring Iran in from the cold and bring stability to the wider region. The US has now no option but to resort to stronger action to contain the regime’s nuclear ambitions which has a destabilizing influence on the Middle East and beyond. The American Jewish Congress now calls on the international community to unite behind America’s lead in a coordinated effort to definitively halt Iran's nuclear ambitions and to bring stability to the wider region.
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The American Jewish Congress is very concerned by the emerging allegations that Iran historically continued to expand its nuclear weapons program and may continue to do so, despite its claims otherwise. We remain concerned that the Iranian regime is growing bolder and more dangerous, with catastrophic potential consequences for the region and the world. While we opposed the Iran deal at the time we were happy to be proven wrong, but there are now worrying signs that Iran has been less than honest with the international community regarding its nuclear program.
The 15 year period where the nuclear program can be resumed is fast approaching. As President Trump said today, it is “not acceptable” that in seven years Iran would be free to pursue its nuclear program. The allegations by Prime Minister Netanyahu show that President Trump may have been right regarding this horrible agreement. As the expiry of the waiver on sanctions against the Iranian regime similarly draws near, the American Jewish Congress echoes Prime Minister Netanyahu in calling on President Trump to do the right thing for the US. The right thing for Israel. And the right thing for the peace of the world.
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In response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida:
The American Jewish Congress is appalled by the deadly shooting on a high school campus in Parkland, Florida, yesterday that has claimed the lives of at least 17 defenceless people.
This was the latest in a series of cowardly acts against innocent students, the deadliest school shooting since 26 people were killed at Connecticut school Sandy Hook in 2012. Attacks such as these have become far too frequent in the US and worldwide.
As a society we need to fight the hate that breeds such intolerable and indiscriminate violence and ensure that our values of freedom and tolerance prevail.
American Jewish Congress President Jack Rosen and Vice President Dr. Munr Kazmir
"We are very disappointed to hear that President Duda refused to listen to the thousands of people who have joined our campaign against the Polish Holocaust revisionist law. This law will never erase or rewrite the horrors of the Holocaust and the American Jewish Congress will continue to fight it and make sure the horrors of the Holocaust will never be forgotten. Only by acknowledging the true horrors of the Holocaust can we ensure that this never happens again. This law does the opposite. Thank you for the thousands of people who have joined our movement. Know that our voice matters".
The American Jewish Congress welcomes the announcement that the US government will waive sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in favour of targeted measures which will hold the regime to account over its ballistic missile testing, support for international terrorism and human rights violations.
The previous administration hoped that by signing a deeply flawed agreement and waiving crippling economic sanctions, it could bring Iran in from the cold and bring stability to the wider region. This plan has clearly and demonstrably failed, and the Iranian people have once again taken to the streets in wide scale protest against their authoritarian rulers.
In taking a nuanced approach to the Iran issue, President Trump has demonstrated a long-term commitment to containing the regime’s nuclear ambitions, while supporting the Iranian reformists who seek a progressive future for Iran. In taking a leading role in this process, America now has the opportunity to unite the international community in building a lasting legacy of stability in the Middle East. Having said that, Iran has already shown itself to be a bad actor in the process"
“The American Jewish Congress welcomes the US veto of the deeply divisive and one-sided UN Security Council resolution contesting President Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The US administration has repeatedly stressed that its acknowledgement of Jerusalem’s rightful position at the heart of the Jewish State in no way prejudices final status negotiations. We are disappointed by this latest unilateral appeal to the UN Security Council, in this case by Egypt.
All sovereign nations have the right to self-rule and calls on the US administration to “rescind” its Jerusalem decision, in an effort to rewrite the history of the Middle East, are unjust and prejudicial. By breaking with the status quo and attempting to isolate the US, opponents of this decision risk torpedoing the peace process in which the US must continue to play a vital role.
The American Jewish Congress remains encouraged by this administration’s return to the longstanding American policy of vetoing unilateral resolutions against Israel at international institutions. The American Jewish Congress looks to the US to continue to lead the way among the international community in engaging in decisive words and actions to facilitate constructive dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians in the hopes of reinvigorating the dormant peace process.”
Jack Rosen, President, American Jewish Congres
The American Jewish Congress is dismayed by Palestinian President’s unfortunate call on Arab leaders to disengage from US-led peace efforts in response to last week’s recognition of Jerusalem by the US administration. By breaking with the status quo and isolating the US, the Palestinians risk torpedoing the peace process.
If the international community is to assist in finding a peaceful solution to the Israel-Palestinian issue, the US must be involved. We were nevertheless encouraged that members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation opted against backing Abbas’s divisive calls, which risked fanning further violence in the region, legitimizing extremists’ recourse to diplomatic and militant terrorism.
The American Jewish Congress reiterates its support of increased engagement between Israel and Sunni Arab states, which makes the prospects of achieving a lasting negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians an ever more realistic outcome. The American Jewish congress calls on the leaders in the region to work, together with the US, for a broad-ranging regional agreement with Israel, Sunni states and the Palestinians based on shared interests and economic cooperation.
“Yesterday, the people of Alabama expressed their desire in putting their country first in their decision. The American Jewish Congress agrees with their referendum to support all the people of Alabama–including minorities, and against the hateful speech put forth by the Roy Moore Campaign.
Roy Moore’s comments against the Jewish people, including saying of a well known figure that “is going to the same place that people who don't recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going” and then, his wife defending the bigoted statement by insensitively referring to one of their lawyers saying “a Jew” not only echo outrageous claims from scared years of our collective history, but also seek to demean and put down the Jewish people and all minorities.
We look forward to working with Senator Doug Jones on the continuous fight for equal rights for all Americans regardless of race, religion or national ancestry."
It is deeply troubling to hear Erdogan refer to Israel as a ‘terrorist state’. Israel is widely recognized in the West as a beacon of democracy, technology and culture, and one that leads many of its neighbors by example.
“Such a statement is damaging and misguided and we fully support Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response – as he said in Paris, “Jerusalem has been the capital of Israel for 3,000 years” and the “Jewish state for 70 years”. As many have also pointed out, its bureaucracy has operated out of Jerusalem for decades. To call it an “occupying state” is reactionary, misguided and fundamentally wrong.
“This kind of rhetoric does nothing but extend the divisions that already exist, at a time when responsibility and cooperation are needed in order to reduce suffering, conflict and the loss of life. Erdogan is using recent events to his own ends. As a third party to the situation, he should refrain from using slander against Israel to push a political agenda. It is immoral and irresponsible, and says far more about Erdogan’s position moving forwards than it does about Israel’s position on the global stage.”
President American Jewish Congress