Resolving Conflict and Advancing Peace - American Jewish Congress

The American Jewish Congress is firmly committed to a two-state solution in Israel and works to condemn violence between Israelis and Palestinians. We fully support maintaining open dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli leaders in an effort to secure peace, security, and prosperity for all. However, we do not approve of the hateful rhetoric used by Palestinians to incite violence against Jews and Israelis.

We are also strong supporters of regional peace initiatives, including the Abraham Accords which changed the old status quo and reshaped the Middle East. We look forward to seeing more and more countries and leaders embracing this moment and paving the way towards a better future for their people and the region as a whole.

Our recent work supporting a resolution of the conflict and promoting peace includes...

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April 26, 2023 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Encourages Sudan Leaders to Take Up Israel’s Mediation Offer

New York, NY, April 26, 2023 - “The situation in Africa’s third largest country, Sudan, is a matter of concern for the United States and regional heavyweights Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates who are trying to broker a ceasefire. Israel has now offered to host the two warring generals to mediate permanent peace. Israeli officials are in contact for several days now with Sudan Army chief Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) head Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo — known as Hemedti. Contacts between Israeli officials and the two Sudanese generals have been direct and through messages.  Israel…

July 18, 2022 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Statement on AMIA Bombing Anniversary

New York, NY, July 18, 2022 - July 18th marks a solemn reminder for many in the global Jewish community, and throughout the world. On this day, 28 years ago, Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed terrorist proxy, carried out a devastating attack against the AMIA, a Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires. This attack left 85 killed, hundreds of people injured, and countless lives affected in its wake. In the years, since, the American Jewish Congress has and will continue to work with Argentinian leaders to make sure that full justice is delivered, and we convey our deepest sympathies to all affected by…

June 14, 2022 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Welcomes Announcement of President Biden’s Upcoming Middle East Visit

New York, June 14, 2022 - The American Jewish Congress welcomes President Joe Biden's announcement of his planned visit to the Middle East. While he has been to the State of Israel many times and in different capacities, this will be President Biden's first visit to Israel as Commander in Chief. This trip is expected to carry a lot of significance in highlighting the strong bonds between the United States and Israel, and the unwavering alliances, both strategically and ideologically, that our two countries share. Moreover, President Biden's meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and other Israeli leaders will provide the opportunity to discuss expanded cooperation between…

June 9, 2022 - PRESS RELEASE: American Jewish Congress Applauds the Introduction of the Bipartisan, Bicameral DEFEND Act

New York, June 9, 2022 – Today, members of the Abraham Accords caucus in both the House and the Senate introduced the Deterring Enemy Forces and Enabling National Defenses (DEFEND) Act, a legislation that helps to safeguard Israel and other Middle Eastern allies against threats stemming from Iran. Providing authorization to the U.S. Secretary of Defense, the DEFEND Act will foster further cooperation with allies and partner states in the Middle East and develop integrated air and missile architecture to defend against Iranian threats. Furthermore, this legislation will require the Department of Defense to periodically report to Congress, highlighting the feasibility of…

April 29, 2022 - JACK ROSEN: Time to Rebuild the U.S. Relationship with Saudi Arabia

Published originally in The Hill. On April 13, a group of House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken requesting an update on the Biden administration’s assessment of the U.S. relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The group, which includes senior members of House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Intelligence, and other key committees, takes a dim view of the relationship and urges a continued pullback of U.S. support. However, given the pace and scale of changes in the region and the world, this view may be shortsighted. Two years ago, the Biden administration would surely have agreed with the view of the letter’s authors. Mr. Biden came into office with a hostile view towards theKingdom, based on a number of…

January 13, 2022 - Take Action on Iron Dome Funding Now!

Israel is under fire. More than 4,000 rockets have been launched indiscriminately towards Israeli cities and towns. Fired from Gaza by Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups, these rockets have caused multiple fatalities and injuries. Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens.

September 23, 2021 - Support Israel’s Security Now!

Israel is under fire. More than 4,000 rockets have been launched indiscriminately towards Israeli cities and towns. Fired from Gaza by Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups, these rockets have caused multiple fatalities and injuries. Israel has the right to defend itself and its citizens.

May 26, 2021 - POLITICO: Rising antisemitism strains Democrats and GOP alike

Originally published in POLITICO. The rise of antisemitic incidents around the country this month has forced Democrats and Republicans alike into uncomfortable corners as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict hit a flashpoint. The recent violence in Gaza has been the backdrop for discriminatory attacks against Jews in multiple U.S. states, in addition to other cities around the world, that have highlighted the growing partisan divide in Washington over how best to achieve peace in the decadeslong war. On Thursday the Anti-Defamation League shared early reports of 193 antisemitic incidents in the U.S. amid a week of conflict in the Middle East, compared with 131…

May 24, 2021 - Senator Sanders asked about American Jewish Congress’s statements on Face the Nation

Some progressive lawmakers used the term "apartheid" to describe Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Our Executive Director Joel Rubin criticized the embrace of such language that fuels antisemitism. After being asked on Face the Nation about our American Jewish Congress's statement, Senator Bernie Sanders agreed that everyone "should tone down the rhetoric."   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt9kS7TykOE

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