The International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians (ICJP), comprising legislators from six continents, is convening in New York City and Washington DC this week. The meeting is being held ahead of the vote in the United Nations Security Council over the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral statehood bid.
In a press conference they held on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, the ICJP said it “supports peace negotiations and rejects Palestinian Unilateral demands as fatal blow to peace.”
The ICJP, a partner organization of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), is chaired by Italian MP Fiamma Nirenstein and its other members are U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman, Canadian MPs Mark Adler and Irwin Cotler, Australian MP Michael Danby, Luis Fishman Zonzinski of the Costa Rican Legislative Assembly, Hungarian MP János Fónagy, MK Shai Hermesh (Kadima), Former British MP Lord Greville Janner, Floriano Pesaro of the São Paulo Municipal Council in Brazil, and Viviane Teitelbaum from the Parliament of the Brussels-Capital Region in Belgium.
In addition to the PA’s unilateral statehood bid which is at the top of the agenda, the ICJP members will also discuss the security requirements for a viable Middle East peace and the efforts by Iran to gain nuclear weapons.
The delegation will be hosted by World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder and Secretary General Dan Diker and will meet a number of UN ambassadors, notably of European countries. After their deliberations in New York, the Jewish lawmakers will travel to Washington DC for a briefing with Israel’s ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, on the current situation in the Middle East, and for meetings with Congressional leaders and colleagues who deal with foreign affairs.